Re: MOMA - Taking Thread for a Walk

Sally O

Thank you for bringing this exhibition to my attention. I hope to check it out next weekend.

From the MoMA press release:

Taking a Thread for a Walk, located in The Philip Johnson Galleries on the Museum’s third floor, looks at how successive generations developed new material and constructive languages from the 1890s through the 1970s, highlighting the flexibility of textiles, a medium that continues to defy easy categorization. The installation “takes a thread for a walk” among ancient textile traditions, early 20th-century design reform movements, adventurous combinations of natural and new synthetic fibers in industrial production, through to the emergence of a more sculptural approach to textile art in the 1960s and ’70s. Textiles and the adjacent practices of architecture, painting, drawing, and sculpture have long had a close affinity, especially in the 20th century, when there was a concerted move to emphasize the underlying unity of all art forms and to connect modern art with industry and daily life. Woven artifacts appeared at the forefront of ongoing debates around abstraction, the total work of art, and the fusion of art with technology, challenging the widespread marginalization of textiles as “women’s work.”

Many of the pioneers in this narrative have been women, chief among them Anni Albers, Gunta Stölzl, Florence Knoll, and Sheila Hicks. Also featured will be recent acquisitions by Monika Correa (India), Aurèlia Muñoz (Catalonia), and the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, making clear the medium’s global relevance.

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