By now we are pretty positive everyone who is interested in carpet collecting has heard about the hastily organized coming international conference on oriental carpets, aka 'icoc', in Washington D.C. June 8-10 2018.
We call it in name only because this is the only way to describe this organization that still has dennis the liar, thief, grifter and con-artist dodds as its president and chief officer.
But forgetting dodds and his multiple misdeeds, it is hard to think well of an organization like the icoc that has been shown to treat its leadership far better than its members. Over the past few decades RK has pointed out many instances where icoc committee members have been lavished with free travel, rooms and food at the expense of the member who pay to attend these events.
To attend this one a fee of 340 dollars per person is required plus 189 per night per person to stay in the conference hotel, The Hamilton.
The conference lectures will be held at the Elliot School of International Affairs which is a little more than a mile (20 minute walk if you walk fast) away from the Hamilton. Same for the Textile Museum/George Washington Museum where the exhibitions will take place.
BTW for any rug dealers wanting to participate in the "dealers row" please note your venue is the Hamilton Hotel and on the openng night there is a competing reception planned. RK's advice is do not expect much business or traffic, so think twice before spending your time and money.
Same goes for attending this event. The major exhibition, The Guido Goldman Ikat Collection, has already been well publicized and exhibited and, in fact, will be open to public view both before and after the icoc event.
There is a partial list of lecturers but unless you are interested in Central Asia weavings we doubt there will be much there for you.
Here's the listing as it exists today April 1, 2018 with some comments from us in bold typeface. And no this is not April Fool from the icoc or RK.
"Following the format adopted in our previous Washington Conference the Academic Committee will limit the number of presentations to a maximum of 20 talks to be delivered in a unique plenary session during two days (Friday and Saturday)."
That's because theye can't get more than 20 people who want to bother to be lecturers. Also the dwindling number of paying attendees is not sufficient to fund the transportation, room and meals for (some of) the lecturers without cutting into the perks extended to the academic committee members and other chosen grandees.
"The General Title of ICOC XIV is the same as the Previous Conference held in 2015:"
What else would they call it? We'd suggest icoc-light, as compared to the real icoc events of the past the latest ones have been a poor comparison.
“'Modern Trends in Carpet and Textile Scholarship'
This year the presentations shall focus on two main areas:
'New Attributions' and 'Carpet Discoveries and Recoveries'.
All traditional fields of carpet and related textile studies will be considered, but among them the Academic Committee intends to favour two important topics related to the concurrent Exhibition of Ikats donated by Professor Guido Goldman to both the Textile Museum and the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Museum. One session will therefore be dedicated to Ikats and Related Central Asian Weaving, while another one will be devoted to the Interrelations between Private Collecting and Museums."
All fields will be considered? Please now dodds and the rest of you asshat icoc committee member RK is sure there will be no other lectures other than those you have already cited above. You lie and lie and besides RK no one says peep. Lucky you, no oversight or peer review.
"We expect papers on Central Asian Textiles delivered by renowned scholars coming from the Western Countries and from ex-Soviet Republics, including Elena Tsareva, Irina Bogoslavskaya and Elmira Gyul."
Let RK translate icoc speak here. We expect means we doubt we will get them, and by the way calling elena tsareva a renowned scholar is like calling woody woodpecker a tree surgeon. Madam tsareva's life's work is a bunch of nonsense publications, her text for the peter hoffmeister aka hoffscheister publication a perfect proof.
RK ripped her text to shreds and we suggest any readers who have not seen it do so here.
The additional 15 parts can be found here:
It is sure calling tsareva a scholar is an April fool joke.
And remember Central Asian is not Turkmen, so do not think you will be listening to any talks on Turkmen rugs.
"The session on “Collecting and Museums” shall have a keynote speech by Thomas Farnham on F.R. Martin, the famous Swedish scholar and collector at the beginning of the 20th Century as well as a talk by the new Director of Baku Carpet Museum, Shirin Malikova on the recent activity carried on by her Institution in an attempt to improve the quality of the collection."
Thomas Farnham has alreay presented his lecture on Martin several times. It is old hat.
And while we do not have any idea what Ms. Malikova will say we can guarantee her museum has not acquired any masterpiece historic Caucasian weavings. So do not expect to marvel at anything but more of the later 19th century weaving that museum is chock full of.
"A third speaker, the Italian architect Andrea Pacciani, will analyse the rugs portrayed by a 17th century Italian painter that leads us to consider him as a precocious carpet collector."
Please now, RK exclaims once again, carpets and/in paintings is such an over-visited, moribund, dead on arrival topic even these lame icoc committee member should have gotten the message by now.
"'Discovery and Recoveries” will present important classical carpets considered lost and recently found after many years of oblivion. Among them talks by Fatima Zutic from Sarajevo on Classical Persian masterpieces, Beata Biedrońska-Słota on a unique Cairene Carpet with Chintamani pattern from the National Museum in Kraków and Alberto Boralevi on Mamluk Carpets.'"
Classical carpets are wonderful works of art but enough already. They have been studied and featured for more than 100 years but the average, even the top collectors of today, have little ot no interest in them. Time for you dummy icoc academic and executive committee members to respond to the like and interests of your members, who pay for these events.
"The session on “New Attributions” will include Murray Eliland III revisiting the the so called “Herati Design”, John Wertime will present woven and knotted rugs using goat hair and mohair, while Peter Bichler will talk about the almost totally ignored “Defregger Rugs” from the Alpine Region in Southern Austria."
If this is the section of the program aimed at interesting most attendees RK suggests going back to the drawing board.
Where are talk and presents on Turkmen rugs? Or Anatolian village weavings? Or Persian tribal? Or east Turkestan. Or Persian or Turkish folk textiles?
No, no this icoc and the feckless stiffs who run these events need a major overhaul and shake out. The reason rug collecting is a dying field is exactly attributable to them and the inept, myopic ideas and leadership (ha) they have mustered.
" **Further presentations and a final schedule of the lectures will be added as soon as the selection of the papers admitted to the Conference are completed."
Do not hold your breath and expect more from this event. There will be no more and if by chance there is it will just be more of the same.
So what do you get for your at least 1,000 dollars it will cost to attend if you do not live close enough to sleep in your own bed at home?
We believe next to nothing other than being able to see a fat fucking feckless asshat like bruce baganz who singlehandedly destroyed GH Myers Textile Museum. Or see dennis dodds the incorrigible liar and thief lord around like he was anything but a scoundrel who shoudl have been long ago run out of rugDumb on a rail?
Enjoy yourselves is all RK can wish for those of you foolish enough to want to attend a non-event like this.
PS: If you do not know already let RK inform you the two adjoining townhouses which formerly housed the Textile Museum, and were previously GH Myers home, have been sold to jeff bezos. Right mr amazon now owns the buildings baganz and the rest of the douchebags on the museum's board of directors could not maintain and squandered millions from the Museum's treasury on worthless plans and feasibility studies.
Read about it here:
Hey brucie nice going, a big middle finger to you from RK