Lenore Tawney: Textiles and Beyond

Lenore Tawney: Textiles and Beyond

Collage Chest by Lenore Tawney

Collage Chest (detail of work in progress) by Lenore Tawney (1974); assemblage; 37 1/4" x 21 1/4" x 22". (photograph by George Erml)  

In honor of the multi-venue exhibition "Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For," opening today at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and running concurrently at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, this week's Throwback Thursday is an homage to the many talents of the late Ms. Tawney.

Not only was Tawney a leader in the avant-garde textile movement of the mid-20th century, but she was also a brilliant collage and assemblage artist, constructing delicate yet masterful works made from found objects including eggs, feathers, shells, and pages from old books, as well as her personal writings.

More than 75 examples of Tawney's work from the exhibition "Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective," can be found in the ACC Library Digital Collections. This exhibition, held at the American Craft Museum in New York City from April 18 - June 21, 1990, was the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist's works, featuring her earliest clay sculptures from the 1940s to her experimental woven forms, drawings, collages, and assemblages of the 1950s up through the late 1980s. Today, these objects can be found in museum collections around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Montréal, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others.      

Throwback Thursday is a weekly series highlighting visuals from the American Craft Council Library's Digital Collections Database. Check back on Thursdays for more.