Weaving Abstraction in Ancient and Modern Art, presented by the Met Fifth Ave


The process of creating textiles has long been a springboard for artistic invention. In Weaving Abstraction in Ancient and Modern Art, two extraordinary bodies of work separated by at least 500 years are brought together to explore the striking connections between artists of the ancient Andes and those of the 20th century.

Featuring more than 50 works, including major loans and new acquisitions, this cross-historical exhibition offers new insights into the emergence of abstract imagery. Each of the four modern artists featured developed innovative approaches to an ancient medium through deep study of Andean techniques. Shown together, these ancient and modern weavings reposition the place of textiles in global art history.

The exhibition displays textiles by four distinguished modern practitioners—Anni Albers, Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawney, and Olga de Amaral—alongside pieces by Andean artists from the first millennium BCE to the 16th century.


On display from March 5–June 16, 2024

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Anni Albers. Pasture, 1958. Tightly woven cotton threads create a green abstract pasture with burnt orange highlights
Anni Albers. Pasture, 1958. Mercerized cotton. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1969 (69.135). © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2023. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Peter Zeray.


This exhibition is accompanied by an issue of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Weaving Abstraction in Ancient and Modern Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, v.81, no. 2 (Fall, 2023).

Curation Credits

The exhibition is made possible by The Modern Circle.

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction, presented by Los Angeles County Museum of Art


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction, an exhibition exploring the intersection of abstract art and woven textiles over the past century. The nexus of textiles and abstraction embodies key political, social, economic, and aesthetic issues that have shaped the history of the modern era. Beginning in the first decades of the 20th century, the exhibition presents a diverse range of genres, materials, processes, and technologies, which artists have utilized when probing these issues: painting; basketry; photography and film; woven, knitted and felted cloth; costume; attire; and tapestry. Further, it foregrounds the increasingly important role of textile heritages today as affordances in constructing identity, kinship, and community.


On display from Sep 17th, 2023 – Jan 21st, 2024.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Woven History Exhibition photo of a woven artwork on left and a hand felted dress on the right
Ed Rossbach, Damask Waterfall, 1977, cotton welting cord, commercial fabric, plastic, satin damask, wrapped, LongHouse Reserve, photo credit: © Charles Benton, courtesy The Artists’ Institute
Andrea Zittel, ‘White Felted Dress #3’ from A-Z Fiber Form Uniforms, 2002, wool, hand-felted, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by David and Susan Gersh. © Andrea Zittel, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Group Info

Featuring over 150 works, the exhibition assembles a roster of transnational and intergenerational artists. Works by pioneering women artists from the historic avent-gardes are put into dialogue with those of contemporary creators: Anni Albers, Jeffrey Gibson, Hannah Hoch, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Ulrike Mueller, Liubov Popova, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Rosemarie Trockel, Andrea Zittel, and others.

Curation Credits

This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.