LENORE TAWNEY
Born 1907 in Lorain, Ohio, USA
Died 2007 in New York, USA
EDUCATION
1964Textile Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1954Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina, USA
1947-1948Study with Alexander Archipenko in Chicago and at his studio in Woodstock, New York, USA
1946-1947Institute of Design, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1943-1945University of Illinois, Illinois, USA
1927-1942School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA (part-time evening classes)
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
2019Ephemeral and Eternal: The Archive of Lenore Tawney, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Lenore Tawney: Even Thread Has a Speech, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Lenore Tawney: Cloud Labyrinth, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
In Poetry and Silence: The Work and Studio of Lenore Tawney, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
2013Wholly Unlooked For, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
2012Wholly Unlooked For, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2003Lenore Tawney: Visions in Time, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
2000Lenore Tawney: Celebrating Five Decades of Work, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA
1998Lenore Tawney: Shrines Part II, Donahue/Sosinski Art, New York, USA
Tenri Gallery, New York, USA
1997Lenore Tawney: Vestures of Water, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Lenore Tawney: Meditations, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, USA
1996Lenore Tawney: Meditative Images, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Lenore Tawney: roots, tendrils, threads, Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Lenore Tawney, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Lenore Tawney: Shrines, E.M. Donahue Gallery, New York, USA
1995Lenore Tawney: Boundless World, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1994Tenri Gallery, New York, USA
1992Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1990Lenore Tawney: A Retrospective, American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design), New York, USA (national tour)
Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1988Helen Drutt Gallery, New York, USA
1986Mokotoff Gallery, New York, USA
1985Mokotoff Gallery, New York, USA
1981Lenore Tawney: Fibers/Collages, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, USA
1980Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sawhill Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
1979Lenore Tawney, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, USA
1978Lenore Tawney: A Personal World, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, Connecticut, USA
1975Lenore Tawney, California State University, Fullerton, California, USA
Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, USA
1974Willard Gallery, New York, USA
1970Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey, USA
Peale Galleries, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Willard Gallery, New York, USA
1969Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, USA
1968Adele Bednarz Galleries, Los Angeles, Califonia, USA
1967Willard Gallery, New York, USA
Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, USA
1962Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1961Lenore Tawney, Staten Island Museum, New York, USA
1960Tapestries by Lenore Tawney, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021Women in Abstraction, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; travelling to Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
2019Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Off the Wall: American Art to Wear, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Women Take the Floor, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Weaving beyond the Bauhaus, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
2018Bauhaus Imaginista: Learning From, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil; travelled to Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Germany (2019)
Materials and Objects: Beyond Craft, Tate Modern, London, UK
2017Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Liminal Focus, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, USA
Process and Practice, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
20163 Women, The Landing Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
2015Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA (national tour)
Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture…then and now, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA
2014Thread Lines, The Drawing Center, New York, USA
Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (national tour)
2013Art & Textiles: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
The Art of Handwriting, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA (national tour)
Textiles: Open Letter, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
2012Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (national and international tour)
To Be a Lady, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, USA
Retro/Prospective: 25+ Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture, browngrotta arts, Wilton, Connecticut, USA
2008Messages and Magic: 100 Years of Collage and Assemblage in American Art, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
2004Traditions/Transformations: The Changing World of Fiber Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
2003Generations/Transformations: American Fiber Art, American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Abstraction: The Amerindian Paradigm, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium; travelled to IVAM (Institut Valencià d'Art Modern), Valencia, Spain
1999Material Perception - Celebrating Art and Architecture: Creating a Place for People, Bank of America Plaza, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
1998North and South Connected: An Abstraction of the Americas, Cecilia de Torres Gallery, New York, USA
1997Hanging by a Thread, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, USA
1996Fiber and Form: The Womanʼs Legacy, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, USA
1994Inspired by Nature, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, USA
1993Small Works in Fiber: The Collection of Mildred Constantine, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1991Intimate and Intense: Small Fiber Structures, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
1990Revered Earth, Premieres at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, USA (national tour)
1989Craft Today USA, organised by American Craft Museum, New York, USA. Premieres at Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France (international tour)
Fiber Concepts, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Frontiers in Fiber: The Americans, organised by North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. Premieres at Ishikawa Design Center, Kanazawa, Japan (international tour)
1987The Eloquent Object, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA (national and international tour)
1986Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical, American Craft Museum, New York, USA (national tour)
Fiber R/Evolution, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (national tour)
198311éme Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
1982Fiber 82, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey, USA
1981Lenore Tawney/Toshiko Takaezu, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
The Art Fabric Mainstream, American Federation of Arts. Premieres at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA (national tour)
Tracking the Marvelous, Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, New York, USA
1979100 Artists, 100 Years: Alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Centennial Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Form and Fiber, Works by Toshiko Takaezu and Lenore Tawney, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Weich und Plastich: Soft-Art, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
1978Tawney/Higa/Sawada, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey, USA
1977Fiberworks, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Lenore Tawney and a Fiber Tradition, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
19757éme Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
1974Nine Artists/Coenties Slip, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, USA
In Praise of Hands, Ontario Science Center, Toronto, Canada
Fiber Forms… past and present, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, Connecticut, USA
1973Fibre Art, Halls Exhibition Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
1970Neuerwerbungen aus den letzten Jahren, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
1969Objects: USA, The Johnson Collection of Contemporary Crafts. Premieres at National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington D.C., USA (national and international tour)
Wall Hangings, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (national tour)
1964Gewebte Formen, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Zurich, Switzerland
Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
1963Woven Forms, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, USA (international tour)
1962Adventures in Art, Fine Arts Pavilion, Seattle World's Fair, Seattle, Washington
1958American Artists and Craftsmen, American Pavilion, Brussels World's Fair, Brussels, Belgium
1956Craftsmanship in a Changing World, Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now Museum of Arts and Design) inaugural exhibition, New York, USA
AWARDS
2000Visionaries Award, American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design), New York, USA
1999Master of the Medium Award, Renwick Alliance, Washington D.C., USA
1992Honorary Doctorate Degree, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1987American Craft Councilʼs Gold Medal Award
1983Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts, Womenʼs Caucus for Art, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1975Fellow of American Craftsmenʼs Council (now American Craft Council) (inaugural group)
COMMISSIONS
1983Cloud Series VII, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, USA
1981Cloud Series VI, Frank J. Lausche State Office Building, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1978Cloud Series IV, Santa Rosa Federal Building, Santa Rosa, California, USA
1963Ark veil, Congregation Solel, Highland Park, Illinois, USA
1960Nativity in Nature, Interchurch Center, New York, USA
COLLECTIONS
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine, USA
Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York, USA
Fondation Toms Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland
Honolulu Museum of Art (formerly Contemporary Museum), Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Musée des arts décoratifs de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Sarataga Springs, New York, USA
University Museum, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, USA
Tate, London, UK
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA