Bio

Instructor, Art History, Theory and Criticism (2006); BFA, 1981, School of the Art Institute; MA, PhD, 2012, University of Chicago. Research and curatorial appointments: Research Assistant, 1980–82, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Department of Costumes and Textiles; Community Artist and Curator, 1994–2006, Esperanza Community Services; Field work Researcher, 2007–2011, Field Museum, Shipibo Culture, Upper Amazon, Peru; Co-Director and Producer, 2011, Field Museum, Shipibo: Movie of our Memories.


Publications

Research Interests

Nancy Feldman specializes in Medieval and Textile Art History. Her research and teaching interests include the production, exchange, and display of luxury objects in medieval and renaissance Europe and Mediterranean societies, 800–1500, as well as the study of textiles of contemporary indigenous peoples.

Current major projects

The study of textile production of embroidered, luxury objects in late medieval Paris.

Articles

Shipibo Textile Practices 1950–2010 co-authored with Claire Odland, Field Museum. Presented at Textile Society of America, 12th Biennial Symposium, 2010. Awarded the Founding President’s Award for outstanding paper. Online publication, January 2011.

Forthcoming; Crafting Threads and Social Space in Late Medieval Paris. Presented at College Arts Association, 2014.

Films

In this MacArthur-supported film by the Field Museum, Shipibo...the Movie of our Memories, members of Shipibo communities in Peru's remote upper Amazon discuss their contemporary culture after viewing anthropologist Harry Tschopik's 1953 film on the Shipibo people, Men of the Montaña. Directed and screenplay by Claire Odland, Alaka Wali, Nancy G Feldman, and Fernando Valdez. Trailer: macfound.org/videos/1.


Personal Statement

Nancy Feldman specializes in Medieval and Textile Art History. Her research and teaching interests include the production, exchange, and display of luxury objects in medieval and renaissance Europe and Mediterranean societies, 800–1500, as well as the study of textiles of contemporary indigenous peoples. Recent research and papers feature the study of textile production of embroidered, luxury objects in late medieval Paris. Other projects include co-directing a movie with the Field Museum titled Shipibo: Movie of our Memories that documents contemporary culture of the Shipibo people in Peru's remote Amazon. Dr. Feldman received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago. 

 

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