Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus

Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus
The Art Institute of Chicago
August 3, 2019 – February 17, 2020
exhibition review published in the Surface Design Journal spring 2020 pp. 54-46

To mark the 100th anniversary of the launch of the German art and design school the Bauhaus, the Art Institute of Chicago looked to its immediate community and collection. This exhibition charts both the friendships and professional connections of textile designers and artists connected in various ways to the city: Leonore Tawney, Claire Zeisler, and Angelo Testa studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design (first called the New Bauhaus) with weaver Marli Ehrman; Else Regensteiner led the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s weaving department from 1945 to 1971; Art Institute Curator Katharine Kuh exhibited textiles in the commercial gallery she launched in 1935….

image: Sheila Hicks, Produced by V’SOSKE. Rug, about 1965. Gift of Sheila Hicks. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

image homepage: Anni Albers, originally produced by the Bauhaus Workshop. Black-White-Red, 1926/27 (produced 1965)