MISSION HILLS — On March 11-12, Ararat-Eskijian Museum and Armenian Rug Society present two illustrative lectures by Dr. Ronald Marchese from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
On March 11 at 7:30 p.m. “Treasures of Faith: Reflections on Armenian Society and Culture” will be presented at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum/Sheen Chapel (15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, Calif 91345).
On March 12 at 7 p.m., “Splendor and Pageantry: Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul” will be presented at Lark Turpanjian Hall (543 Arden Ave, Glendale CA 91203).
By the beginning of the 20th century, Ottoman Armenians constituted a significant part of the population of Constantinople. The Armenians had developed a vibrant artistic tradition in music, art (painting and metal work), and in literature. The contributions of the Armenians shed light on their own concept of identity and place within the Ottoman Empire.
In Splendor and Pageantry, Dr. Marchese will represent the first-ever in-depth examination of the Armenian textiles housed in the treasury of the Armenian Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey. The collection features artifacts dating back some 300 years and includes embroidered liturgical vestments, altar curtains, copes and miters gathered from the churches that served the Armenian community.
In addition on March 12, select samples and traditional Armenian hand woven textiles and embroideries will be on exhibit.
Admission is free and open to the public.