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40th Anniversary Series: Daniel Walker

Wednesday October 8 at 6:30 pm and Thursday October 9 at 6:30 pm

Exclusive Cocktail Reception and Dinner with Special Guest and After Dinner Speaker Daniel Walker $250
Rare Beauty: Thoughts on Oriental Rugs
Wednesday October 8 at 6:30 pm
Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks St, Toronto
Reservations at 416-599-5321 x2246 or

Lecture and Reception General admission $45, TMC Patrons/Members $35
Collecting Pattern: Exploring the Origins of Oriental Carpet Design
Thursday October 9 at 6:30 pm
Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Av, Toronto
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Join us as we host distinguished scholar, writer and curator of textiles and Islamic art, Daniel Walker.

Walker is a former Director of the Textile Museum in Washington, DC and current head of two curatorial departments of the Art Institute of Chicago as the Pritzker Chair and Curator of Asian Art and the Chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator of Textiles. With the Art Institute’s opening of the Alsdorf Galleries devoted to Indian, Southeast Asian, and Islamic art as well as the renovated galleries for textiles and the Weston Wing for Japanese art, Walker has played a significant role in the institution’s expansion and representation of the historical and contemporary cultural production of Asia.

Walker has published and lectured extensively on diverse topics related to Islamic art, particularly carpets and textiles. He is a contributing editor to the journal Hali and worked on the landmark catalogue, Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the course of Walker’s museum career he has made notable acquisitions for his institutions, curated more than 20 exhibitions, including the Metropolitan’s Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era, cited by The Art Newspaper and the New York Times as one of the top exhibitions of 1998.

Reservation: Required

Space is limited, advanced registration required.

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