Related Programs

Gallery Talk
Painted with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery
Wednesday, April 25, noon
Reservations by April 22
Please reserve early as space is limited.
Free
Main building

In this exhibition, the artist’s medium is thread and her canvas is cloth. Curator of Textiles and Costumes Paula Richter discusses her work putting together this unique exhibition, which spans 380 years of American artistic expression through embroidery arts.



Gallery Talk
Painted with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery
Thursday, April 26, noon
Reservations by April 22
Please reserve early as space is limited.
Free
Main building

In this exhibition, the artist’s medium is thread and her canvas is cloth. Curator of Textiles and Costumes Paula Richter discusses her work putting together this unique exhibition, which spans 380 years of American artistic expression through embroidery arts.

Public Record: Yup'ik Story Garments Preserve History
Sunday, April 29, 3 p.m.

Peabody Essex Museum members $10, nonmembers $13.
Alaskan multimedia artist, storyteller, and musician Chuna McIntyre "reads" the garments of the Yup'ik people of Alaska. Through the stitching, the colors, and the cloth, people's stories unfold.

Parker Lecture
Judy Chicago: Thread as a Brush Stroke
Friday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Reservations by June 20
Members $15, nonmembers $18
Main building

Internationally celebrated installation artist Judy Chicago, whose work The Dinner Party has provoked powerful responses, says that needlework, while it has long been relegated to the women’s sphere and therefore diminished, is a provocative visual language that is too often unrecognized.

Symposium
Embroidery Arts Symposium
Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23
Members $555, nonmembers $595

This annual symposium, always a sellout, is expanded this year in conjunction with Painted with Thread. The program includes time spent reproducing historic needlework in a series of stitching workshops, a variety of lectures delivered by internationally esteemed historians and artists, demonstrations and classes, gallery tours, lunch and a dinner, and a keynote address by Judy Chicago.

Gallery Tour and Sewing Circle
Painted with Thread
Friday, May 4, 2-4 p.m.
Reservations May 1
Members $6, nonmembers $10

Take a guided tour of Painted with Thread, then gather with a group of stitchers to reproduce a small sampler based on art in the exhibition. As you stitch, you’ll learn more about American embroidery arts.

Gallery Tour and Sewing Circle
Painted with Thread
Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m.-noon
Reservations May 23
Members $6, nonmembers $10

Take a guided tour of Painted with Thread, then gather with a group of stitchers to reproduce a small sampler based on art in the exhibition. As you stitch, you’ll learn more about American embroidery arts.

Gallery Tour and Sewing Circle
Painted with Thread
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m
Reservations June 6
Members $6, nonmembers $10 a.m–noon

Take a guided tour of Painted with Thread, then gather with a group of stitchers to reproduce a small sampler based on art in the exhibition. As you stitch, you’ll learn more about American embroidery arts.

Gallery Tour and Sewing Circle
Painted with Thread
Friday, June 29, 2-4 p.m.
Reservations June 26
Members $6, nonmembers $10

Take a guided tour of Painted with Thread, then gather with a group of stitchers to reproduce a small sampler based on art in the exhibition. As you stitch, you’ll learn more about American embroidery arts.

Day Trip
Outstanding New England Samplers and Needlework
Tuesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Reservations by May 20
$70

Join Painted with Thread curator Paula Richter for an exciting day exploring some of the area’s most treasured textile collections. Go behind the scenes at the Marblehead Historical Society, the Historical Society of Old Newbury, and the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities to view rare and historic samplers and needlework made on Boston’s North Shore.

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