Newsletter - September 2012

TCF Scholars in Action

Dr.Nurhan Atasoy, TCF Senior Scholar in Residence gave a standing room only lecture at the Topkapi Palace Musuem on September 4. Her lecture, organized by Bilkent Kultur Girisimi, accompanied the ongoing Harem exhibition and was titled "Splendour and Elegance: Costume in the Harem."

Dr.Recep Karadag, Head of the TCF Natural Dyes Research and Development Laboratory-DATU, participated in a workshop on the application of scientific methods at museums, jointly organized by the International Council of Museums and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara.

TCF at the Textile Society of America Annual Meeting

On September 20-22, Dr.Sumiyo Okumura, TCF Art Historian, and Dr.Recep Karadag,  will present papers at the Textile Society of America (TSA) 13th Biennial Symposium “Textiles and Politics” in Washington, DC. At the same conference, TCF Cultural Exchange Fellows Dr. Selin Ipek, Art Historian at the Topkapi Palace Museum and Tuba Kurtulus, Curator at the Topkapi Palace Museum, will present two lectures on textiles in their Museum’s collection.

TCF Grant to Support Turkish Artist

TCF has awarded a grant to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts to support an exhibition by Emre Huner, a Turkish modern artist. The exhibition takes place as part of the Museum’s global emerging artist exhibition series. Titled “salt 6: Emre Huner,” it will open on October 26 and run through January 13, 2013. The artist will also a lecture with the artist on October 25.

TCF Grant Supports Istanbul State Opera and Ballet

TCF will sponsor the travel of dancers from the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet to perform two duets at the Gala night of the Chicago International Dance Forum, to be held on October 21. The event seeks to exchange choreographic visions across cultures and showcases dance performances from around the world.

TCF Awards Grant to Ottoman Studies Foundation

TCF renewed its grant to the Intensive Ottoman and Turkish  Summer School (IOTSS) organized in Cunda, Avyalik by the Ottoman Studies Foundation. TCF has been sponsoring the School since 2010, which also receives support Harvard and Koc University. This year’s session took place from July 9 through August 17. 19 students from the US, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Israel and Turkey were admitted to the school this year. Courses include modern Turkish, including sessions on translation, grammar and syntax, and Ottoman Paleography and texts. The program also features prominent guest lecturers every year.

TCF Underwrites 17th Boston Turkish Festival

TCF awarded a major grant to the 17th Boston Turkish Festival organized by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England-TACSNE. The festival will run from October 29 through December 15 and will feature events that range from art exhibits to film, lectures and concerts.

TCF Supports International Art Exhibition

A TCF grant will help artists to participate in an international art exhibition titled “Album Amicorum: Gems of Friendship in a Frightened World,” which will open on October 15 at the Dolmabahce Palace Gallery in Istanbul. The exhibit takes its inspiration from 16th century friendship books that contained marbled paper and were passed on among intellectuals, travelers and students at the time, each making a unique contribution to the book.  The project was conceived by American paper marbling artist Tom Leech in 2007 who first invited Hikmet Barutcugil, a renowned Turkish ebru artist to join. From there, the project grew to 21 artists from 14 countries. The works were first exhibited in Colorado, USA and last at the Paper Museum in Basel, Switzerland. The exhibition in Turkey is spearheaded by the founders of Ebristan, Hikmet and Fusun Barutcugil.  


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