• Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, Berkeley

  • Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, Berkeley

Jules Kliot with Erin Algeo: Lace in Architecture of Life

Gallery Talk

Join Jules Kliot, founder and director of Berkeley’s Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles, for a presentation in the galleries on the significance of this ethereal fabric as part of the structure of human achievement. Kliot and Lacis manager and curator Erin Algeo will share examples from the Lacis Museum collection in addition to illuminating the works on view in Architecture of Life.

It all begins in the mid-fifteenth century at the heart of the Renaissance in Italy, where this fascinating period in needlework represented a significant advancement in civilization in an age of enlightenment. Man was now important and ornamentation and the decorative arts would blossom. He was encouraged to seek new vistas in his view of the world, to experiment, to develop new technologies and accept the enduring challenge to do his best . . . and he reached unfathomed heights of perfection in all he touched.”—Jules Kliot

Jules Kliot, architect and director of the Lacis Museum, opened the textile resource center Lacis in 1966 with his wife Kaethe. It became the nonprofit Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in 2004 and today it is a community resource in memory of Kaethe (who passed away in 2002). Erin Algeo is the manager of Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles retail store and curator for the historical costume exhibits.