In the fall of 2019, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center will present the full range of Tawney’s works of art in the exhibition series Mirror of the Universe. This series of four exhibitions will consider the interplay of the many aspects of her creative practice. In addition, JMKAC will deepen the scholarship on Tawney by publishing the first in-depth monograph dedicated to the artist.
Anchoring the series will be an evocation of Tawney’s studio. Senior Curator Karen Patterson will underscore the relationship of the artist’s space to her creative practice by surrounding various studio tableaus with a retrospective of Tawney’s key works.
Three complementary exhibitions, with guest curators, will complete the series. Mary Savig, curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, will investigate Tawney’s extensive archive. Shannon Stratton, independent curator, will explore Tawney’s lasting impact on contemporary fiber-based artists. Glenn Adamson, senior scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, and Kathleen Nugent Mangan, director of the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, will also be contributing to the series. Each curator will contribute an essay in the catalogue.
Together, the exhibition series and publication will generate a conversation about Tawney’s life and impact, offering a personal and historical view into her oeuvre.
Mirror of The Universe is a collaborative effort that brings together the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. At once retrospective and forward facing, this multifaceted exploration of Lenore Tawney emphasizes the poetic and spiritual threads running through her various practices. The exhibition series will be supported by community-based programming and a daylong series of seminars.
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