Tawney’s Handmade Garments a Focus of New York Textile Month

Lenore Tawney’s handmade garments will be the subject of a conversation on clothing as an extension of artistic practice facilitated by friends of light and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation during New York Textile Month. The event will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm at The Townhouse, 354 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014.

Tawney created dozens of one-of-a-kind garments for her own use from fabrics collected during her travels. Her sources of inspiration and unique approach to construction will be explored. Long before terms such as “slow fashion” and “zero waste” were in use, Lenore Tawney made them part of her practice.

This event is free but registration is required.

Exhibitions: Spring, 2017


Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip
Menil Collection, Houston TX – April 14 – August 6, 2017
Exhibition featuring examples of the early work of Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman.

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY – April 15 – August 13, 2017
Drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, this exhibition features nearly 100 works by over 50 artists created between the end of World War II and the start of the Feminist movement.
From the New York Times review:
In the 1950s, Ms. Tawney lived in Lower Manhattan, where she counted Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Indiana and Agnes Martin (who is also in the MoMA show) as neighbors. Living in an old shipping loft, she made the most radical work of any of them: towering open-warp fiber pieces that stretched from floor to ceiling and across the loft’s wide space.

Pen to Paper – Artists’ Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL – April 18 – June 25, 2017
Organized by the Archives of American Art, this exhibition explores letter writing as an artistic act. Tawney’s letters can be seen here:

Liminal Focus
Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, NY – April 26 – June 30, 2017
This group exhibition brings together artists of the last fifty years whose work denies singular categorization. Featuring Carla Accardi, Lee Bontecou, Terri Friedman, Jessica Rankin, Jessi Reaves and Robert Bittenbender, Mariah Robertson, Lenore Tawney, and Claudia Wieser.

Thread Lines
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY – April 29 – August 6, 2017
Work by sixteen artists who engage in sewing, knitting, and weaving to create a wide-range of works that activate the expressive and conceptual potential of line and illuminate affinities between the mediums of textile and drawing.

Beyond Craft
Tate Modern, London, UK – permanent collection display opening May 13, 2017
Work by Olga de Amaral, Sheila Hicks, and Lenore Tawney along with archival material related to two historic 1969 exhibitions—Wall Hangings at MoMA and Perspectief in Textiel at the Stedelijk Museum—which included work by these artists.