TAKING A THREAD FOR A WALK (2019-2020)
TAKING A THREAD
FOR A WALK
NEW YORK CITY
OCT 21 2019 - MAR 31 2020
“Just as it is possible to go from any place to any other, so also, starting from a defined and specialized field, can one arrive at a realization of ever-extending relationships … traced back to the event of a thread.” Anni Albers 1965.
Such behaviors brought about some of modern art’s breakthroughs, challenging the widespread marginalization of weaving as “women’s work.” During the 20th century, textiles became newly visible as a creative discipline, becoming interwoven with architecture, industrial design, drawing, and sculpture.
"The exhibition, true to its title took a thread for a walk amongst ancient textile traditions, early-20th-century design reform movements, and industrial materials and production methods"
A key driver for the development of new languages for woven forms was the emergence of interdisciplinary educational institutions such as the Bauhaus school of art and design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Black Mountain College. These places of learning championed experiential teaching.
The exhibition, true to its title took a thread for a walk amongst ancient textile traditions, early-20th-century design reform movements, and industrial materials and production methods. There were displayed adventurous combinations of natural and synthetic fibers and dynamic spatially pieces that show the emergence of a move towards a sculptural approach to textile art that begun in the 1960s, the show highlighted the fluid expressivity of the medium.
More info at https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5101