Interwoven: Natural and Illusory Textiles
SATURDAY, JUN 22, 1-5PM
The exhibition is on view through September 29, 2019.LINK TO EXHIBITIONVIEW ALL EVENTS
The textile industry put Greensboro on the map. In fact, one of its most productive mills, Cone Mills, was a world leader in the manufacturing of corduroy, flannel, denim, and other cotton fabrics for most of the twentieth-century. In homage to this legacy, the museum will showcase works of art by artists who either incorporate fabric as an art making tool or suggest its physical characteristics.
While fabric has had a long history in the field of craft, it was only embraced by the broader art community during the latter half of the twentieth century. Anni Albers’s textiles bridged these two worlds; her Study for Six Prayers II, back from recent loan to the Tate Modern in London, illustrates her integration of abstract design and modern materials with innovative weaving techniques. More contemporary artists, such as Sanford Biggers, Dona Nelson, and the Young brothers, have used remnants of cloth as the crux of their artworks. In contrast, Linda Besemer, Annie Lopez, and Virginia Budny simulate the look of fabric using materials such as acrylic paint, paper, and porcelain.
Image: Annie Lopez, The Bosom of Fools (detail), 2012, cyanotype on tamale wrapper paper, thread, elastic, and buttons, 32 x 24 x 7 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Dillard Fund for the Dillard Collection, 2017.