Erica Warren, PhD
 
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Images courtesy the Art Institute of Chicago.

Art historian, curator, decorative art and design devotee, textilian.

Erica is assistant curator in the Department of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her current exhibition Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes runs through June 16, 2019 in the Textile Galleries. Previous exhibitions include Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design, Making Memories: Quilts as Souvenirs, and Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry. She currently is working on an exhibition about the legacy of the Bauhaus weaving workshop and a project about Dorothy Liebes, the American weaver, textile designer, and entrepreneur.

Prior to her appointment at the Art Institute, she was a curatorial fellow in the Department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture and a research assistant in the Department of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While in Philadelphia, she curated the exhibition The Main Dish.

She also has taught courses on the history of design and craft at Drexel University and at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She earned her PhD in art history from the University of Minnesota and also has participated in the Attingham Summer School.

 

Select publications and presentations:

2019 

(Forthcoming essay) “Making the Timeless: Anni Albers, Mesoamerican Sculpture, and the ‘Thing Itself’” for the exhibition and catalog In a Cloud, in a Wall, in a Chair: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury (Yale University Press, 2019).

(March) Chair for Nineteenth-Century Narratives: Questions of Identity and Representation session, Midwest Art History Society Conference, Cincinatti, Ohio.

2018

Conference paper “Modern Designer-Craftswomen: Dorothy Liebes and Bonnie Cashin” for Costume Colloquium VI: Textiles in Fashion, Creativity in Context.

“Shine Bright, Like a Liebes,” Object of the Day for New York Textile Month, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Keynote address “Narrative and Practice: Historic Textiles and British Arts and Crafts Embroidery” for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s International Embroidery Conference, Chicago.

Chair for Mid Twentieth-Century Art session, Midwest Art History Society Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

2017 

Lecture “Fostering Artistic Enterprise: Hewnoaks Artist Colony” for the Textile Society of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2015 

Conversation “Scandinavian Home Sense and Sensibilities” with Judith Gura at the Bard Graduate Center.

Assorted entries on modern and contemporary design for the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design.

2014

“Shipwreck and Metaphor: Examining US History through an English Transferware Pitcher,” Ceramics: Art and Perception 24.3 (September 2014): 104-107.

2011

Essay “Japonisme and Scandinavia” for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition “The Orient Expressed” at the Mississippi Museum of Art (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011).