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Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction

April 3 - July 28

In the 20th century, textiles have often been considered lesser—as applied art, women’s work, or domestic craft. Woven Histories challenges the hierarchies that often separate textiles from fine arts. The nexus of textiles and abstraction embodies key political, social, economic, and aesthetic issues that have shaped the history of the modern era. Putting into dialogue some 160 works by more than 50 creators from across generations and continents, the exhibition explores the contributions of weaving and related techniques to abstraction, modernism’s preeminent art form. There are many in-person and online programs associated with this exhibit. The catalogue is available to order here.

Image: Ed Rossbach, Damask Waterfall, 1977, cotton welting cord, commercial fabric, plastic, satin damask, wrapped, LongHouseReserve, photo credit: © Charles Benton, courtesy The Artists’ Institute.

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National Gallery of Art
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