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May 05, 2023

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction

Ed Rossbach, "Damask Waterfall"

Ed Rossbach
Damask Waterfall
, 1977
cotton welting cord, commercial fabric, plastic, satin damask, wrapped
overall: 91.4 x 91.4 cm (36 x 36 in.)
LongHouse Reserve
Photo © Charles Benton, Courtesy The Artists’ Institute

Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 17, 2023–January 21, 2024
National Gallery, Washington, March 17–July 28, 2024
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, October 25, 2024–March 2, 2025
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Dates to be announced

Want to appreciate more art and design in your daily life? Just look down. The apparel we wear reflects not only our personal tastes and values but also a profound relationship to modern art. Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction reveals the myriad ways textiles intersect with and influence world-renowned modern artists and movements. 

Woven Histories delves into dynamic moments when social and political issues have activated textile production and artmaking with heightened focus and urgency. Traced chronologically with 160 works made in a range of techniques—from oil painting to weaving, basketry, netting, knotting, and knitting—the exhibition explores the overlap between abstract art, fashion, design, and craft.

This exhibition is curated by Lynne Cooke, senior curator in the department of special projects in modern art, National Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation has provided major support for the exhibition.

Additional funding is also provided by the Director’s Circle of the National Gallery of Art.

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