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'Fashion for Holiness' Uncovers Medieval Clothing Relics

November 4, 2013

The Department of Art & Art History will present a lecture entitled "Fashion for Holiness: An Eighth-Century Belt Shrine and Other Medieval Clothing Relics" on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304. The talk will be given by esteemed author Karen Eileen Overbey and is free and open to the public.

An assistant professor of art & art history at Tufts University, Karen Eileen Overbey is the author of "Sacral Geographies: Saints, Shrines and Territory in Medieval Ireland" (2012), and co-editor of "The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations" (2009) and of "Transparent Things" (2013). Her areas of expertise include Medieval art & architecture, relics and reliquaries, and early Irish art.

Her research focuses on portable objects and decorative arts in medieval Ireland and Britain—especially those things that have been re-made over time—and engages problems of aesthetics, historicism, and subjectivity. Her current book project explores the materiality and performativity of "broken things," including a badly damaged rock crystal reliquary from Scotland, and late medieval English wall paintings that were destroyed in the nineteenth-century.

Overbey earned a BA from the University of Illiniois-Chicago, and an MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4341. Leighton Hall is located at the end of College Street on the Carleton campus.