Lenore Tawney (1907–2007) ranks among the most influential, though under recognized, artists of the postwar fiber movement. Given her groundbreaking approach to open-warp weaving, her adaptation of ancient textile-making processes, and her multidisciplinary study of space, structure, and line, deep consideration of her work is essential to any complete understanding of twentieth-century art.
Artists, scholars, and friends revered Tawney for the complete integration of her art and her life. This was perhaps best illustrated in the series of New York lofts she lived and worked in from the late 1950s until her death in 2007.
Hundreds of components from Tawney’s studio were recently acquired by JMKAC from the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation with assistance from Kohler Foundation, Inc. The incorporation of many of these objects into this installation demonstrates the Art Center’s ongoing commitment to the preservation and presentation of artist-built environments.
This exhibition is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.