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

Description

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.

Details

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.

Unravel – Exhibition at the Barbican in London

Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

Bringing together over 100 artworks by a diverse range of international practitioners to examine the ways in which artists have embraced textiles to communicate multi-layered stories about lived experience; addressing gender, sexuality, colonialism, the movement and displacement of people, ancient forms of knowledge, and more. Spanning intimate hand-crafted works to large-scale sculptural installations, the exhibition presents works that are radical in their form and politics, revealing how textiles have been forces of resistance and repair.

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Exhibition Dates

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Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London
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Location

The Art Gallery is located on Level 3 and can be accessed by stairs and lifts from Level G or via the Sculpture Court if coming from outside.

Teresa Margolles, american Juju for the Tapestry of Truth, 2015. © Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich/ Paris. Credit: © Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich/ Paris.
Teresa Margolles, american Juju for the Tapestry of Truth, 2015. © Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich/ Paris. Credit: © Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich/ Paris.

Group Info

Featuring: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Igshaan Adams, Mounira Al Sohl, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Louise Bourgeois, Jagoda Buić, Cian Dayrit, Tracey Emin, Jeffrey Gibson, Sheila Hicks, Teresa Margolles, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Faith Ringgold, Angela Su, Lenore Tawney, Cecilia Vicuña, Billie Zangewa, and more.

Curation Credits

This exhibition is co-curated by the Barbican, London and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam where the exhibition will be on show from September 2024.

Tawney’s Triune is September’s “eye-con” for the Met Museum’s Department of Textile Conservation

Lenore Tawney’s Triune, a large tapestry woven in 1961, is a featured object on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Textile Conservation

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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.”