Tina Kane is Conservator (ret.) in the Department of Textile Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she worked part time from 1978 until 2010. While working for The Cloisters branch of the Museum, she and her colleagues completed the landmark restoration project of the renowned “Burgos” tapestry. In 2009, Tina was a primary organizer of an International Tapestry Symposium at the Museum to commemorate the Burgos project. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf3usSyHVXs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoxyJBV3M30
In addition to her museum work, Tina is also Principal of Tina Kane Textile Conservation, which she has managed since 1973 in Warwick, New York. Between 2002 and 2010, she also served as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Medieval & Renaissance Studies and the English Department at Vassar College, where she taught a seminar (with Nancy Willard), “Medieval and Renaissance Tapestry and Text.”
Tina is the author of The Troyes Mémoire: The Making of a Medieval Tapestry (Boydell Press, 2010). See:
http://www.americantapestryalliance.org/Members/Feature/FeatureKaneT/KaneT_Memoire.html and http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8702509
Textile Society of America
American Institute of Conservators
The Medieval Academy of America
Publications & Research
“Mughal Indian carpets in the Collection of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, The City Palace of Jaipur.” Textile Society of America Proceedings for the 13th Biennial Symposium, 2013
The Troyes Mémoire: The Making of a Medieval Tapestry. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, UK, and Rochester, NY, 2010.
“The Troyes Mémoires: A Translation of a Script for a Late Medieval Choir Tapestry,” Textile Society of America, Proceedings for the 19th biennial Symposium, 2007
Woven Stories: Narrative in Medieval and Early Renaissance Tapestry.” American Tapestry Alliance, 2003. See:
“From Paint to Wool: Artist Weavers at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop.” Approaching Textiles, Various Viewpoints. Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium Proceedings. Earleville: Textile Society of America, 2001: 328-36.
"The Troyes Manuscript: Technology and Design in Fifteenth Century Tapestry." Creating Textiles, Makers, Methods and Markets. Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium Proceedings, Spring 1999:130-39.
“The Technology of Tapestry: 1400 to 2002.” Australian Tapestry: A History. Melbourne: Victorian Tapestry Workshop. Forthcoming.
"New Worlds from Old: Nineteenth Century Australian and American Landscapes." Antipodes (December 1998):133-35.
“Osmar White and Conqueror's Road: A Review and Personal Memoir.” Quadrant (December 1997): 80-83.
“Mughal Indian carpets in the Collection of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, The City Palace of Jaipur.” Textile Society of America Symposium. Washington, DC, September 22, 2012.
“The Art of Translating Text into Tapestry: Pierre Desrey and the Troyes Mémoire.” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, 11 July, 2012.
“The Redemption tapestries: A brief history of Tapestry Conservation in the US.” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February, 2012.
“Tapestry History and Conservation,” Vassar College, April 10, 2012.
“Redemption: The Restoration of the Cloisters “Burgos” Tapestry.” De Young Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, October 26, 2011.
“The Troyes Mémoire: The Making of a Medieval Tapestry.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14, 2011.
“The Restoration of a Medieval Tapestry.” Bendigo Library, Bendigo, Australia, January 14, 2011.
“The Conservation of the Burgos Tapestry in the Cloisters Collection.” National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, July 25, 2010.
“The Restoration of the Burgos Tapestry.” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2009.
“Tapestry Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2006.
“The Technology of Tapestry: 1400 to 2002.” Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, 2005.
Grants, Awards & Research
2010. Committee on Research, Vassar College: subvention grant for publication costs for The Troyes Mémoire.
2008. Committee on Research, Vassar College: grant for research travel in France.
2005. Committee on Research, Vassar College: grant for research travel in France.
1997. Independent research on 15th century tapestries and cartoons in Paris, Troyes, and Beauvais.
1997. Independent research in Rome and Florence on tapestry conservation facilities.
1995. Independent Research in central Turkey on contemporary kilim production.
1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Travel Grant: to examine conservation facilities and tapestry collections in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France.
1994. Metropolitan Museum of Art Travel Grant: to research Flemish tapestry in the collection of the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.
1984-85. Victorian Tapestry Workshop Artist-in-Residence, Melbourne, Australia.