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Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1960 Tapestries by Lenore Tawney, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1961 Lenore Tawney, Staten Island Museum, New York, NY
1962 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1967-81 Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY (1967, 69, 75, 81)

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Benson Gallery, 1967. Photo: Clayton J. Price
1967-74 Willard Gallery, New York, NY (1967, 70, 74)
1968 Adele Bednarz Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
1969-90 Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, IL (1969, 80, 90)
1970 Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
Peale Galleries, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1975 Lenore Tawney, California State University, Fullerton, CA
1978 Lenore Tawney: A Personal World, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
1979 Lenore Tawney, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

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New Jersey State Museum, 1979
1980 Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
1981 Lenore Tawney: Fibers/Collages, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
1985-86 Mokotoff Gallery, New York, NY (1985, 86)
1988 Helen Drutt Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective, American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design), New York, NY (national tour)

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Tawney at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1990
1992 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1994-98 Tenri Gallery, New York, NY (1994, 98)
1995 Lenore Tawney: Boundless World, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 Lenore Tawney: Meditative Images, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Lenore Tawney: roots, tendrils, threads, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Lenore Tawney, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lenore Tawney: Shrines, E.M. Donahue Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Lenore Tawney: Vestures of Water, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Lenore Tawney: Meditations, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Lenore Tawney: Shrines Part II, Donahue/Sosinski Art, New York, NY
2000 Lenore Tawney: Celebrating Five Decades of Work, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT
2003 Lenore Tawney: Visions in Time, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
2012 Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2013 Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

1956 Craftsmanship in a Changing World, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design) inaugural exhibition, New York, NY
1958 American Artists and Craftsmen, American Pavilion, Brussels World’s Fair, Brussels, Belgium
1962 Adventures in Art, Fine Arts Pavilion, Seattle World’s Fair, Seattle, WA
1963 Woven Forms, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY (international tour)

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Installation of weavings by Lenore Tawney in Woven Forms, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, 1963. Photo: American Craft Council
1964 Gewebte Formen, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich, Switzerland
Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
1969 Objects: USA, The Johnson Collection of Contemporary Crafts. Premieres at National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C. (national and international tour)
Wall Hangings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (national tour)
1970 Neuerwerbungen aus den letzten Jahren, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
1973 Fibre Art, Halls Exhibition Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1974 Nine Artists/Coenties Slip, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, NY
In Praise of Hands, Ontario Science Center, Toronto, Canada
Fiber Forms… past and present, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
1975 7éme Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
1977 Fiberworks, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Lenore Tawney and a Fiber Tradition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1978 Tawney/Higa/Sawada, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
1979 100 Artists, 100 Years: Alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Centennial Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Form and Fiber, Works by Toshiko Takaezu and Lenore Tawney, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Weich und Plastich: Soft-Art, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland

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Weich und Plastich: Soft-Art, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland, 1979
1981 Lenore Tawney/Toshiko Takaezu, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
The Art Fabric Mainstream, American Federation of Arts. Premieres at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (national tour)
Tracking the Marvelous, Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, NY
1982 Fiber 82, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, NJ
1983 11éme Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
1986 Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical, American Craft Museum, New York, NY (national tour)
Fiber R/Evolution, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI (national tour)
1987 The Eloquent Object, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, OK (national and international tour)
1989 Craft Today USA, organized by American Craft Museum, New York. Premieres at Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (international tour)
Fiber Concepts, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
Frontiers in Fiber: The Americans, organized by North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND. Premieres at Ishikawa Design Center, Kanazawa, Japan (international tour)
1990 Revered Earth, Premieres at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, (national tour)
1991 Intimate and Intense: Small Fiber Structures, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1993 Small Works in Fiber: The Collection of Mildred Constantine, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
1994 Inspired by Nature, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
1996 Fiber and Form: The Womanʼs Legacy, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Hanging by a Thread, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1998 North and South Connected: An Abstraction of the Americas, Cecilia de Torres Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Material Perception – Celebrating Art and Architecture: Creating a Place for People, Bank of America Plaza, Charlotte, NC
2003 Abstraction: The Amerindian Paradigm, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern), Valencia, Spain
2003 Generations/Transformations: American Fiber Art, American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA
2004 Traditions/Transformations: The Changing World of Fiber Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
2008 Messages and Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
2012 Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (national and international tour)
To Be a Lady, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY
Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT
2013 Art & Textiles: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
The Art of Handwriting, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (national tour)
Textiles: Open Letter, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

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Installation view, Art & Textiles: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, 2013-2014, illustrating Lenore Tawney’s Indivisible Point, 1982, Collection Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam
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Installation of works by Lenore Tawney, Textiles: Open Letter, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2013
2014 Thread Lines, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, MA (national tour)
2015 Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (national tour)
Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture…then and now, browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT
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