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Review - Super/Natural
“An exhibition that offers a dazzling, in-depth look at five historical cultures dating back to around 500 BC – the Paracas, Nazca, Chancay, Lambayeque and Rimac – as well as artists in modern-day southern Peru and northern Bolivia”
Art Institute of Chicago, Meet the Staff
"How would you encourage visitors to look at and think about textiles in the museum?
I entreat all visitors to find their own point of entry. Whether it is a straightforward appreciation of textiles’ aesthetic qualities, an understanding of and respect for the technical aspects of making, a fascination with history and the role of textiles as material objects that have shaped lives, or some other avenue that speaks to their particular experiences or frame of reference, textiles invite everyone to look closely and think carefully. "
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Interview - Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes
A new exhibition - Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes - at The Art Institute of Chicago, showcases the beauty and importance of these ancient textiles. In this exclusive interview with co-curators Elizabeth Pope (Arts of Africa and the Americas) and Erica Warren (Textiles) from The Art Institute of Chicago, James Blake Wiener of Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) learns more about the prominent position of textiles within pre-Columbian Andean cultures.
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“The Art Institute’s exhibition will include more than 60 Andean textiles and a small selection of ceramics from the museum’s collection, which will together explore the development of distinct Andean cultures and their approaches to design.”
A (Subversive) Exhibit of Kitchen Culture
"Tupperware, Warren would argue, can be seen as a metaphor for being contained. The plastic bowls with their snap tops maintain order, keeping everything in the kitchen in its place—including the homemaker.”