Art for Industry: Textile Design in the Modern Age
Boettcher Cultural Pavilion (Second Floor) Exhibition Aug. 3 through Oct. 5
Art for Industry features a selection of mid-century textiles that represent an era of transition in the furnishing fabric industry. During World War II, textiles reflected the austerity of the time with quiet and simple designs. In the years following the war, a sense of hope and rebuilding infused the arts resulting in a dramatic shift in style. A few progressive textile manufacturers’ desire for innovation took a risk and pushed the industry by commissioning non-traditional designers such as fine artists, graphic designers, architects, and others to design textiles. The result was a progressive and bold explosion of color, shape and pattern unlike what was produced by the industry before. These modern and avant-garde textiles are still visually engaging and influence textile designers today. Featured in this exhibit are textiles designed by Henry Moore, Marino Marini, Herbert Bayer, Frank Lloyd Wright and Zandra Rhodes.