The Palace Door

Around the web with the NWOAA, bringing you the best art world articles for your reading pleasure. {Cooper Hewitt – Posted by Kimberly Randall on September 5, 2017 – Author: Chris Martens} Excerpt: “Janice Arnold’s striking felt, silk and jute door panel conjures the rich and vibrant history of both contemporary and historic tentage traditions. The panel was part of a large-scale installation entitled The Palace Yurt, commissioned by Cooper Hewitt for the 2009 exhibition Fashioning Felt. During research trips to Central Asia and Mongolia, Arnold became fascinated by the trellis tents of Kygyzstan (boz üy) and Mongolia (ger). Intrigued by tales of Chinggis Qan, whose tents were said to hold over 1000 men, she began drawings for The Palace Yurt. In 13th century Mongolia, the oversized traditional door flap was associated with kingship[1] both symbolically and literally. Constructed of felt and hung over the sacred threshold it separated the world of the nobility from that of the outside world.” Photo credit: Cooper Hewitt; Textile, Door panel, 2008, designed by Janice Arnold (American, b. 1953), manufactured by JA Felt, felted Merino wool, silk and jute, Museum purchase through Exhibition Funds, 2010-14-1-a/c [View The Entire Article On Cooper Hewitt]

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