Three months ago RK.com predicted acor in Seattle was having trouble in the registration dept. That prediction is now proven correct as the official tally of full paid registrants is below expectations, way below.
In fact the "leaders" of the acor pack now realize their hopes of surpassing the last one of these junior icoc puff and strut events, held in 'Innyapolis', have fizzled like a wet firecracker at a 4th of July picnic.
And why is that? And why did the amateur organizers fall for their own hype? Sorry but that's a can of worms even Rk.com knows is better left in their laps than ours. Suffice it to say one icoc is bad enough.
Here's the official schedule the organizers are presenting to, as they so redundantly put it, "Educate Your Mind"(RK.com would like to know what other parts of the body or soul would they expect to "Ed-do-kate"?):
ACOR 7 Program schedule:
Friday, 9-10 a.m. Jon Thompson -plenary session– (Nomadic Peoples of Iran)
Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - "cedar chest" (small) sessions: Val
Arbab (Rug identification), Charles Lave & Bethany Mendenhall (Turkish rugs)
Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Jim Burns (Afshar rugs and Persian rugs with prayer designs),
Anna Brown Ehlers (Chilkat blankets), Marla
Mallett (Structural analysis and design)
Friday, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - "cedar chest": Ralph & Linda Kaffel (selected weavings), Michael
Wendorf (Kurdish bags)
Friday, 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. - Cathy Cootner (On Collecting II), Bruce Froemming (Kungrat and
Lakai), Mike Tschebull (Zeikhur rugs)
Friday, 4 - 5 p.m. - "cedar chest": Lawrence Kearney (Selected weavings), Erik Risman (Ersari)
Friday, 4 - 5 p.m. - Robert Chenciner (Weavings of Daghestan), David Paly (Ikats), Terry
King/Tom Hubbard (collecting for new collectors)
Saturday, 9 - 10 a.m. - "cedar chest": Bruce Baganz (Shahsavan), James Douglas (Baluch)
Saturday, 9 - 10 a.m. - Tom Cole (Turkmen embroidery), Davut Mizrahi (Manastir kilims),
Leonard Helfgott (Women and the Persian Carpet industry)
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - "cedar chest": Lawrence Kearney (selected weavings), Charles
Lave & Bethany Mendenhall (Turkish)
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Natalia Nekrassova (Saryk), Shiv Sikri (Design markers), Frank
Saturday, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - "cedar chest": Ralph & Linda Kaffel (Turkish),
Michael Wendorf (Kurdish bags)
Saturday, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Peter Poullada (non-Ersari tribes of the Amu Darya), Bill Liske
(Tibetan rugs), Michelle Wipplinger (Natural dyes)
Saturday, 4 - 5 p.m. - "cedar chest": Bruce Baganz (Shahsavan), Erik Risman (Ersari)
Saturday, 4 - 5 p.m. - Christian Erber (Suzani with herat design), Dennis Dodds panel
(documenting your collection), Harald Bohmer (Nomads in Anatolia)
Sunday, 8 - 9:00 a.m. - "cedar chest": Val Arbab (rug identification), James Douglas (baluch)
Sunday, 8 - 9:30 a.m. - Rug Society Breakfast meeting
Sunday, 10 - 11 a.m. - Closing plenary, Wendel Swan panel: Mystery Rug
There are a number of highly questionable presentations in this list, perhaps the ones that stand out the most are(these are mentioned in the order presented above and not according to their questionable nature:
Arbab (Rug identification) - now tell me what does this "rug pillow" dealer from LA's Melrose Ave know about rug identification that any newbie couldn't learn on turrkootek?
2.Cathy Cootner (On Collecting II) - is this another one of ms cootner's shill games to help her pay her rent?
3.Robert Chenciner (Weavings of Daghestan) - will mr chenciner be autographing copies of his book for attendees or will he just be hyping, and hoping to sell, his large stock of those horrid kaitag embroideries? you know the ones he and his partner little lord fransis, claim are 17th and 18th century and RK.com debunks as 19th and 20th?
King/Tom Hubbard (collecting for new collectors) - first what new collectors pony up 400$ plus airfare, hotel and food costs to attend an event like this? second who are terry king and tom hubbard? they sure sound like newbies to me and what do they know that another newbie might want to learn?
5.Tom Cole (Turkmen embroidery - well, well, mr cole sure is the rising star of the rug world. A few years ago mr cole was having trouble spelling the word Turkmen, let alone analyzing their embroideries
6.Leonard Helfgott (Women and the Persian Carpet industry) - this one sounds great on paper but I guarantee there will be few seat bottoms warmed during that talk
7.Shiv Sikri (Design markers) - from the discoverer of the "internal elem" we now have "design markers". Will wonders never cease?
8.Michelle Wipplinger (Natural dyes) - will ms wipplinger be bringing her mass spectrometer and/or high pressure liquid chromatography set up along for demos? or will she just be soaking some indigo in camel peepee for attendees to sample?
9.Christian Erber (Suzani with herat design) - herr und frau erber must be pretty horny for a chance to parade their collection before a few new eager eyes to travel all the way from Munchen for the opportunity
10.Dennis Dodds panel
(documenting your collection) - will mr dodds be offering his services at Xnumber of 100$/per hour to help those in need of this "service". Or will he just be passing out DIY"inventory" forms?
11.Closing plenary, Wendel Swan panel: Mystery Rug - last, but surely not least, will "swindel", as he is afffectionately known to many of his rug acquaintances, just be unveiling this mystery or will he be able to demystify it?
Does the rug world really need another three day program chocked full of these “give a lecture and stay for freebies”? Does the rug world need an acor that has now become a de facto junior icoc?
Remember most folks don't bother to get out of bed in the morning to attend these twaddle-filled talks, and wisely so because all they do is add an element of pseudo scholarship and erudition to an event that is basically social (back-slapping, my rug is at least as good as his) and commercial(don't forget to bring that extra suitcase, as bethany and charles advised, so you can take home a delight from dealer's row).
Let's face facts: the icoc is bad enough and now acor's ape-ing their pretentious "academic program" is just plain dopey. Have the acor promoters forgotten their reason d'etre? or was the lure of cozying up to, and being co-opted, by the icoc big shots just to powerful to resist?
To some what is written here might sound like sour grapes from someone like myself who is an outsider. All I can about that is the following: I was there when the icoc and acor started and was asked to join in organizing. Why didn't I? The main reason was the perception, which is now fact, that those in charge were more interested in their own self-aggrandizement and advancement than in advancing the subject at hand.
I have attended a number of icoc and two acors but at this point i would not travel farther than a few hours by car to attend one again -- too much hot air and no fun balloon rides - -forget about anything else folks, these events should be FUN. But unfortunately the only fun most people have there is around the bar where the pretentiousness and chimeric academic rigamarole get lost in a haze of putrid smoke and cheap beer and wine.
Sorry y'all but twice cooked pork in a lousy Chinese restaurant sound more appealing than that.....and i dont eat pork or chinese food in restaurants, ever.