"In the 1950s and ’60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Pioneers in these fields—including Ruth Asawa, Edith Heath, Sheila Hicks, Karen Karnes, Dorothy Liebes, Alice Kagawa Parrott, Lenore Tawney, and Eva Zeisel—had tremendous influence as designers, artists, and teachers." Presenting female designers and artists from the mid-20th century who have shaped the way we see fine art and design, this exhibition inevitably includes a wide variety of skills and aesthetics and yet the curatorial narrative speaks for them all. wevv From New Mexico to Norway, the exhibition tries to illustrate the parallels between women working on different sides of the world - namely through their use of craft as a pathway to Modernist innovation. wveev Contemporary female artists working in a similar vein are also considered.   Polly Apfelbaum and Michelle Grabner are represented by installations centered on woven and knitted patterns, while Anne Wilson’s work focuses on the processes of textile manufacture. Magdalene Odundo and Christine Nofchissey McHorse adapt traditional techniques and absorb influences from global sources. Furniture and fixture designers Vivian Beer, Front Design, and Hella Jongerius have also expanded the repertoire of making, while Gabriel A. Maher looks at the ways gender is constructed by the clothes we wear. Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today Until February 28, 2016 eva_zeisel-belly_button-photo_brent_brolin

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  • Eva Polizzi on

    I had the good luck to see this stunning little exhibit in the intimate spaces of M.A.D last fall, before it got moved to Washington D.C. Some of the “pioneer” pieces are breathtaking in person- the computer screens or book pages just can’t do justice to them. Still, I was shocked beyond belief that the exhibit could not deserve a catalogue! The other ones that ran at the same time ( both featuring male artists) of course did. What a shame, really.

  • shirley isaacs on

    - – would love to know who the colourful textile design is by. (first pic.)

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