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Exhibition Walk-through: Janyak Armenian Art of Knots and Loops

November 16, 2023 | 12:30PM - 1:30PM



Join us for a curator-led walk-through with Gassia Armenian. She will discuss the history of Armenian needle lace in the US. Janyak (Ժանյակ) or needle lace, has been for centuries a precious cultural expression linking Armenians across the world. A portable and enduring art form passed from mother to daughter, it has connected generations both in their homeland and in the diaspora, transmitting cultural heritage and values.

Gassia Armenian is a curatorial and research associate at the Fowler Museum at UCLA, where she conducts collections research and facilitates curatorial and scholarly endeavors. She also liaises with domestic and international institutions, private collectors, and lenders to the Fowler, and manages various aspects of planning and organizing the museum’s exhibitions and publications. Over the past twenty-five years, Armenian has helped to mount many exhibitions at the Fowler. Prior to that, she served as a consultant/project coordinator for the US Agency for International Development for Junior Achievement of Armenia, developing and implementing civics education training programs and teaching methodologies.

Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 198 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd; $3/hr or max $15/day. Rideshare drop-off at 305 Royce Dr.

Image credit: Installation view, Janyak: Armenian Art of Knots and Loops, 2023, Fowler Museum at UCLA; Photo: Elon Schoenholz

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