May 9 – August 2, 2015
Anna K. Meredith Gallery, I. M. Pei and Richard Meier buildings
Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – present is the first exhibition in more than 40 years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Adapting age-old techniques and traditional materials, artists working in fiber manipulate gravity, light, color, mass, and transparency to demonstrate the infinite transformations of this material. Early pioneers such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sheila Hicks, and Lenore Tawney spearheaded a revolutionary redefinition of fiber in the 1960s and 1970s, showcasing radical, nonrepresentational forms. Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – present addresses the cultural and critical forces that have contributed to the initial efflorescence of fiber art’s revolution at mid-century, its contraction in the 1980s, and its recent reclamation by contemporary artists. Other artists include Olga de Amaral, Xenobia Bailey, Alexandra Bircken, Jagoda Buic, Ria van Eyk, Josh Faught, Elsi Giauque, Françoise Grossen, Diane Itter, Ritzi and Peter Jacobi, Naomi Kobayashi, Beryl Korot, Ruth Laskey, Aurèlia Muñoz, Ernesto Neto, Sheila Pepe, Ed Rossbach, Kay Sekimachi, Alan Shields, Sherri Smith, Jean Stamsta, Rosemarie Trockel, Piotr Uklanski, Faith Wilding, Anne Wilson, Haegue Yang, and Claire Zeisler.
This traveling exhibition is curated by Jenelle Porter of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
The Des Moines Art Center presentation is organized by Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario.