Lenore Tawney’s Triune, a large tapestry woven in 1961, is a featured object on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Textile Conservation
Triune is also their eye-con (or profile photo) for the month of September.
This beautiful piece was one of forty weavings exhibited in Tawney’s first solo show at the Staten Island Museum in 1961. “There is an urgency that sweeps us up,” wrote painter, Agnes Martin, on that exhibition, “an originality and success that holds us in wonder.”
Lenore Tawney is currently featured in Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present, ICA Boston, organized by Jenelle Porter at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. This important international exhibition includes work by thirty-three artists and examines the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century through to the present.
Art in America notes that Tawney’s Dark River (1961), the earliest piece in the show, represents “the emergence of fiber as an experimental medium encompassing sculptural sensibilities.”
Currently touring nationally, the exhibition opens next on May 8, 2015 at the Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (May 8-August 2, 2015). A comprehensive catalogue accompanies the show.
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The Museum of Arts and Design in New York has opened Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today (April 28-September 27, 2015), highlighting the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. Pathmakers focuses on a core cadre of women, including Lenore Tawney. Two of Tawney’s groundbreaking Woven Forms (first shown in the Museum of Contemporary Crafts’ eponymous 1963 exhibition) and a drawing are on view.
Following its presentation in New York, the exhibition will travel to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. A special issue of the Journal of Modern Craft will be published in conjunction with Pathmakers.