Ancient Writing

  • Anni Albers, Ancient Writing, 1936, cotton and rayon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Young, 1984.150

Exhibition Label

Anni Albers immigrated to the U.S. to teach at the experimental Black Mountain College in 1933. She took a holistic approach to teaching, encouraging her students to consider weaving from first principles. She asked them to imagine finding themselves alone in nature, with nothing but the materials at hand to keep warm, build shelter, and collect food. Their first crude attempts to create blankets and basketry led to a deeper appreciation of the refined systems of modern weaving.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Ancient Writing
Artist
Date
1936
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
59 1/4 x 44 in. (150.5 x 111.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Young

Mediums
Mediums Description
cotton and rayon
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
Object Number
1984.150
Palette
Linked Open Data
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