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Now at Weatherspoon, “Interwoven: Natural and Illusory Textiles”

Photo of a textile exhibit

Linda Besemer, Fold #8: Baroquesy, 1999, acrylic paint over aluminum rod, 46 x 46 in. Weatherspoon Art Museum. Museum purchase with funds from the Benefactors Fund, 2000.

The textile industry put Greensboro on the map. In fact, one of its most productive mills, Cone Mills, was a world leader in the manufacturing of corduroy, flannel, denim, and other cotton fabrics for most of the 20th century. In homage to this legacy, UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum is currently showcasing works of art by artists who either incorporate fabric as an art-making tool or suggest its physical characteristics.

The exhibition “Interwoven: Natural and Illusory Textiles” will run through Sep 29, 2019. Admission is free.

While fabric has had a long history in the field of craft, it was only embraced by the broader art community during the latter half of the twentieth century. Anni Albers’s textiles bridged these two worlds; her Study for Six Prayers II, back from a recent loan to the Tate Modern in London, illustrates her integration of abstract design and modern materials with innovative weaving techniques. More contemporary artists, such as Sanford Biggers, Dona Nelson, and the Young brothers, have used remnants of cloth as the crux of their artworks. In contrast, Linda Besemer, Annie Lopez, and Virginia Budny simulate the look of fabric using materials such as acrylic paint, paper, and porcelain.

Photo of dress at textile exhibit

Annie Lopez, The Bosom of Fools, 2012, cyanotype on tamale wrapper paper, thread, elastic, and buttons, 32 x 24 x 7 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Dillard Fund for the Dillard Collection, 2017.

This exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, curator of collections.

Related Program:

Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour • Tue July 9 @ 12-12:20pm

Photos courtesy the Weatherspoon Art Museum.