2 Museum Exhibitions Offer an In-Depth Look at the Influential Textile Art of Anni Albers

  • June 22, 2020 14:11

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Anni Albers at Black Mountain College. Courtesy of the Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina. Photographer: Helen Post Modley

Two of Connecticut’s most prestigious museums, The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) and The Glass House, have digital offerings based on their respective Anni Albers exhibitions.

Known for her pioneering graphic wall hangings, weavings, and designs, Anni Albers (1899‐1994) is considered the most important textile artist of the 20th century. Comprising 116 objects from the collection of the Josef and Anni Albers
Foundation, the exhibition In Thread and On Paper: Anni Albers in Connecticut at NBMAA is curated by Fritz Horstman
and explores the groundbreaking work she produced in Connecticut from the 1950s through the end of her life, and includes an extensive body of textiles, wall hangings, commercial collaborations, and works on paper. (NBMMA’s exhibition is temporarily closed due to the COVID‐19 crisis. Visit the NBMMA website for a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition and more.)

Named for a 1957 essay by Anni Albers about the relationship between textiles and architecture, Pliable Plane is a new series of site‐responsive textile projects at The Glass House. For the first in the series, The Glass House and the Albers Foundation are collaborating to create a new bedspread and window panels based on original works by Anni Albers and installed in the transparent pavilion’s sleeping area. Philip Johnson was instrumental in Josef and Anni Albers's immigration to the United States in 1933. In 1949, the year the Glass House was completed, Johnson organized a landmark exhibition of Anni Albers's textiles at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Pliable Plane: Anni Albers is scheduled to open in September 2020. Visit The Glass House website for Albers‐related resources.

Anni Albers, Black White Gold I, 1950. Cotton, lurex, jute, 25 x 19 in.
The Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists...

Pliable Plane: Anni Albers is a part of “Where Women Made History,” the National Trust’s multi‐year initiative to honor the female leaders, thinkers, activists, and groundbreakers who contributed to American history and culture, and to protect the places where these women made their mark. Learn more at Saving Places.

The New Britain Museum of American Art's Anni Albers exhibition is part of its 2020/20+ Women @ the NBMAA, a groundbreaking, year‐long series of exhibitions and programming featuring works by a diverse group of women artists. The exhibitions, which honor the centenary of women’s suffrage in America, provide a twelve‐month platform for female artists in the context of this milestone year.


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