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Relationships Are at the Heart of This New Bauhaus Exhibition
“In this centennial year of Bauhaus celebrations, the world is not wont to culminating retrospectives and hyper-specific homages. Nevertheless, the crux of the institution's legacy arguably lies not in the work created within its architectural walls, but rather in the fact that as a school, it spread its message far and wide, like pollen into the wind.
This concept is at the heart of "Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus," a new exhibition set to open August 3 at The Art Institute of Chicago.
The Women Weavers of the Bauhaus Have Inspired Generations of Textile Artists
The power of this show lies in its ability to connect innovation with collaboration. Across the exhibition, curator Erica Warren highlights not only the individual contributions of each artist, but also the mentorships and friendships that bolstered them. “Women supporting women”—to borrow a contemporary tagline—is its subplot. “I find that it’s really valuable to look at relationships between groups of artists,” Warren explained, “and the role that educational institutions, museums, galleries, and professional and personal affiliations play in bringing artists together and really impacting their practices. I wanted to tell a story about that.”
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”
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"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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Art Institute of Chicago show traces the Bauhaus’s legacy in 20th-century textile art
“The Bauhaus isn’t just about 1919 to 1933 in Germany—it’s about this dispersal of artists, and their own development and progression, and their exchanges with students, and their collaborations with their colleagues and students, and the kind of reciprocal nature of all of these experiences,” says Erica Warren, the Art Institute of Chicago’s assistant curator of textiles, who organised the show.
Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus traces these networks through the artists’ own perspectives, eschewing descriptive wall labels for wall text of their own words. “They’re talking about one another and they’re talking about seeing each other’s work, and they’re talking about experimentation and how they’re carrying this idea from the Bauhaus,” Warren says.
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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.”