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2000-05-28 until 2000-08-20
New York, NY,
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Anni Albers is considered the foremost textile artist of the
twentieth century. Born in Berlin on June 12, 1899 she
studied weaving and taught at the Bauhaus until it was closed
in 1933, and afterwards immigrated to the United States
where she continued to make innovative textiles and prints
until she died in Orange, Connecticut in 1994.
From the time she was a young student at the Bauhaus, she
created wall hangings that stand on their own as abstract
works of art, comparable in their boldness and modernism to
some of the bravest paintings of the epoch. In her upholstery,
drapery fabrics, and other functional materials, Albers made
the thread and structure synonymous with the appearance.
Rather than disguise the components, she exulted in them.
She bravely broke from the tradition in which textiles
reproduced naturalistic imagery or decorative ornament.
Anni Albers is made possible at The Jewish Museum through the generous support
of the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation; the New York State Council
on the Arts, a State Agency; Cotronics Corporation through Mr. and Mrs. Barry
Reznik; Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich Weismann; the Joseph Alexander Foundation; the
Alfred J. Grunebaum Memorial Fund; and other generous donors.
The exhibition was organized by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and The
Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT, and curated by Nicholas Fox
Weber and Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi. The installation was designed by Gae