“A Collector’S Quest,” A Presentation And Book Signing

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“A Collector’S Quest,” A Presentation And Book Signing
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The Historic New Orleans Collection says
On Saturday, October 8 local collector and former Royal Street gallery owner Diane Genre will discuss her experiences studying Asian textiles and her contributions to the new book "Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles" (5 Continents, 2016) at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street.

Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. Reservations may be made by email at wrc@hnoc.org or by phone at (504) 523-4662.

For 35 years, Genre owned and operated Diane Genre Oriental Art and Antiques on the 400 block of Royal Street, where she plied her longtime interest in Japanese textiles. At this program, she will recount her “quest” to find, purchase, and chronicle rare Asian textiles—from her first discovery to her experiences at research institutions across the globe.

John E. Vollmer, an internationally renowned scholar of Asian art, will then join Genre to explain how an exhibition of Japanese textiles led to the publication of "Re-envisioning Japan," which he edited and she contributed. Following the talk, the book, which retails for $80, will be available for purchase, and both Genre and Vollmer will be available to sign copies of the book.

"Re-envisioning Japan" is the first truly comprehensive book about Japanese art textiles of the Meiji period (1868–1912). It features the “bijutsu senshoku,” or fine art textiles, that generated a flurry of excitement among international markets between the mid-1870s and 1920s. Thoroughly illustrated, the volume offers a thoughtfully woven collaboration of international scholars who explore the craftsmanship and talent of the Meiji luxury textile producers.

This program is presented in conjunction with THNOC’s exhibition Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825–1925, which invites visitors to explore 100 years of the city’s cosmopolitan retail scene.
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By: The Historic New Orleans Collection

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