Ties that Bind: The Aprons of Trenton

Posted in Exhibits, Past Exhibits

Apron Exhibit

November 1, 2014 – March 15, 2015


Several dozen aprons, images and narratives grace the second floor at Ellarslie, telling the story of Trenton’s domestic and industrial past.  This nostalgic exhibit includes aprons loaned by Trenton residents present and past. Featured are aprons associated with church picnics, classroom art projects, the industrial workers who kept the city in business and the homemakers who made holiday meals and memories for generations.

Among the aprons on display are industrial heavy-duty aprons that were part of the important life of the city, tool filled pockets that supported the unique archeological projects of the area, a well-worn artist’s apron featuring the accumulation of many years of creativity and a sequin embellished kitchen apron used for entertaining.

Associated events:

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2 pm

Theatrical Clothing: The Process… Lecture by Linda Carcaci Solorzano and Susan Handler Wakefield designers of theatrical clothing.

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Saturday March 7, 2015 at 1 PM

Yes, Aprons Are a Symbol. But of What?   Gallery Talk with Q&A by Exhibit Co-Curator David Bosted. Members of the Princeton Rug Society will attend to give their views on the Aprons as textile art, and to place these textiles in an international context.  Attendees are invited to wear an apron which they feel has special significance.

Sunday March 15, 2015, at 2 PM

The Anthropology of the Apron: A Lighthearted View  Talk by Exhibit Co-curator Brenda Springsted, an NYU-trained Anthropologist.

To read the article about the exhibit in the Philadelphia Inquirer, click here.

To read Jeff Edelstein’s article in the Trentonian, click here.