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Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen (Bard Graduate Center) exhibition records

Identifier: 2023-003

Scope and Contents

Records pertaining to the research, planning, marketing, related events, and presentation of the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue. See each series below for details of the contents.

Academic Course Syllabus from the fall 2021 BGC MA course "Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum" taught by Michele Majer.

Catalogue Digital copy of the exhibition catalogue.

Digital Media and Web Archive Digital audiovisual media that appeared in the exhibition; instructions and diagrams for gallery installation; archived versions of the online exhibition.

The web archive of the online exhibition includes media its four Contemporary Voices sections: the Judith and Holofernes bobbin-lace collar, by lacemaker Elena Kanagy-Loux, commissioned by Bard Graduate Center; Tracing Lace, an interactive collection of original audio stories and music created by artists Janani Balasubramanian and James Harrison Monaco; a kìí ṣẹ̀ṣọ́ gbélé (we do not dress up beautifully to sit at home), a micro-exhibition and four-part audio podcast series by mary adeogun (BGC MA ‘22) talking about lace in Nigerian culture; and the Lacemakers’ Studio, a collaboration between Bard Graduate Center and Brooklyn Lace Guild.

Events Materials documenting exhibition-related public programs and Work-in-Progress (WIP) talks.

Exhibition (subfolders): Checklist: Final checklists from the working exhibition database Design: Design layouts Exhibition Content from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen: Exhibition concepts and descriptions, notes from Ilona Kos, curator from the Textilmuseum Interpretation: Object labels Lace and Status - St. Gallen Exhibition: Gallery text (German and English) and installation photographs from the 2018 exhibition Loans: Files related to loan objects and lenders, including research, loan letters, inquiries, and other related correspondence Object Research: Research on lace collections and artworks in US and European collections, including database records from the Textilmuseum

Planning Meeting notes.

Marketing Press, publicity, and marketing materials including clippings, press releases, brochures, opening invitations, tour packets, and audio interviews with the curators.

Research Mostly reproductions, with some research guides and collection lists.


  • 2018 - 2023

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Exhibition History

Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen (September 16, 2022 – September 1, 2023) was curated by Emma Cormack, associate curator, Bard Graduate Center; Ilona Kos, curator, Textilmuseum St. Gallen; and Michele Majer, professor emerita, Bard Graduate Center. An earlier iteration of the exhibition appeared at the Textilmuseum St. Gallen in 2018-19.

The exhibition traced the development of lace from its sixteenth-century origins to the present day. It was the first large-scale exhibition in New York in decades focused on the subject and brought more than 150 loan objects from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen to the United States for the first time. Other loans included a newly commissioned piece by contemporary lacemaker Elena Kanagy-Loux; a ca. 1695 point de France frelange; and the ensemble worn by Michelle Obama at the 2009 presidential inauguration, designed by Isabel Toledo. The exhibition catalogue received a 2023 Award of Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators.


9.97 Gigabytes (electronic files / folders)

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Records of the 2022-23 exhibition Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen, organized by Bard Graduate Center (New York) and the Textilmuseum St. Gallen (Switzerland). The files document the curatorial research, planning, loan selections, related programming, and interpretive content of the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue.


The materials have been kept largely in the original order received, organized as electronic folders and files.


Most materials were transferred by the exhibition curators. Others were consolidated from BGC departmental files. Web archive was captured from the live site by BGC Archives. All acquired in 2023.

Related Materials

Video recordings of the following live events are available for research purposes:

  • Justice Ginsburg and Her Lace: A performance-laced conversation with Vanessa Friedman (New York Times), Elena Kanagy-Loux (BGC lacemaker-in-residence), and theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service (Nov. 16, 2022)
  • Making Lace: Global Networks: A research symposium on historical and contemporary lacemaking traditions around the world (Nov. 18, 2022)
  • Preserving the Craft of Lacemaking in Contemporary Fashion: A conversation with designer Emily Adams Bode Aujla (Dec. 14, 2022)

  • Exhibition photographs and installation views may also be available.

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