Barberini Programs

Fall Opening Reception
The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome
Graphic Ideology: Cultural Revolution Propaganda from China
Barbara MacCallum: Appropriating Science
Conversations in the Round House: Roots, Roads, and Remembrances 
Friday, September 22
Members: 5-6 p.m.
Public: 6-8 p.m.

Curator’s Tour
Sunday, October 1, 2:00 p.m.
Join Professor James Harper for a special gallery tour of The Barberini Tapestries:

The Tapestries of Coptic Egypt
Lecture by Nancy Arthur Hoskins
Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 p.m.
Over a hundred thousand tapestries, from small fragments to large wall hangings, were discovered in the burial grounds of Coptic Egypt (late 3rd to mid-7th century AD) – by the French Egyptologist Albert Gayet. Colorful birds, fish, fruit, flowers, figures, portraits, religious symbols, and narrative scenes -- both Classical and Christian -- decorate the textiles. These tapestries reveal the rich cultural construct of the time and place in which they were created. Nancy Arthur Hoskins, an author, artist, and former college weaving teacher, has taught and exhibited nationally and internationally. In her research, she has visited over ninety public and private collections around the world and will display Coptic tapestries from her personal collection at the lecture.

Reading, Writing and Collecting in Baroque Rome
Lecture by Nathalie Hester
Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 p.m.
Nathalie Hester, University of Oregon Associate Professor of Italian and French, provides a general overview of the literary production of Baroque Rome including the knowledge that was disseminated through the region from travelers, missionaries, especially Jesuits, and collection building.

Italian Music of the Baroque Period
Friday, October 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
In this free, hour-long concert, graduate students Holly Roberts and Alison Kaufman present a wide range of 17th-century Italian instrumental and vocal music, performed on period instruments and in culturally informed styles. Limited seating, no food or beverages. 

David Rogers in Concert with Lute and Theorbo Repertoire: The Music of Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger for Francesco Barberini
Thursday, November 16, 4:30-5:00 p.m.
In this thirty minute concert, explore the moods, textures and dramatic effects of composer Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger's music, through his lute and theorbo repertoire.

Symposium: Baroque Tapestry and the Rome of the Barberini
Thursday and Friday, November 16-17
Open to the public, the symposium begins Thursday evening after the music concert with opening remarks by Professor James Harper. Friday’s full-day program features lectures on the 17th century tapestry and Barberini’s Rome by international scholars. For more details, please follow this link:

Student Research Presentations
Wednesday, November 29, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Students in Professor James Harper’s Inside Museum Exhibits class share their research on the Barberini and 17th century tapestries.

Where Innovation and Technology Meet: The Nexus of Geographic Technologies and the Arts and Humanities at UO
Wednesday, January 10, 5:30pm
Kenneth Kato, Director UO GIS and Mapping Program, spearheaded the software application developed for the “Life of Christ” tapestries where visitors enjoy an interactive online learning experience at

The Baroque Science of Color
Lecture by Vera Keller
Wednesday, January 17, 5:30 p.m.
Color and dyes offered a central showcase for Baroque science. Naturalists of the period delighted in reaching across disciplinary bounds, and color research beautifully united the study of matter, optics, art, and antiquity. Color research also aided the theatricality of period science, when spectacular demonstrations and bedazzling gifts served as central currency between scholars and patrons. The Roman context set this scientific theatricality upon a triumphal stage that made the research of certain colors and textile techniques, such as the “lost” ancient purple or the dyeing of silk, particularly meaningful. The dramatic recovery or discovery of these techniques would allow, contemporaries thought, modern glory to compete with ancient Rome. This lecture explores experimental research into color and textile techniques from the period of the Barberini tapestries, particularly in connection with the Academy of the Linceans, or "Lynx-eyed," of which Francesco Barberini was a member.