Sun, 08/18/2013 – Sun, 11/17/2013

Goodman Gallery

This exhibition showcased textiles, accessories, and notions that depict fantastical creatures, gods, and goddesses and their adventures. Different cultures and time periods were explored as mythology and symbolism were revealed. Showcased at the entrance to Goodman Gallery was one of the prizes of our permanent collection: a Japanese futon cover that depicts a magnificent Phoenix. Also not to be missed are extraordinary dragons beautifully rendered in silk embroidery and heavy brocade fabrics from China and Japan, lovely French toiles depicting the exploits of the Goddess Diana and the antics of Cupid, velvet from Fortuny, and an enchanting selection of objects and fashion accessories.

Phoenix rising futon cover, late nineteenth century, Japanese, maker unknown, resist-dyed cotton plain weave. Gift of Kate Fowler Merte·Smith by Exchange, 1987