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Materials Lab Workshop: Anni Albers and the Event of the Thread

Anni Albers, American, Design for a rug, 1927. Black ink and watercolor over graphite on white wove paper, collage elements. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Anni Albers, BR48.49. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Workshop

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Bauhaus-trained artist and textile designer Anni Albers (1899–1994) revolutionized weaving and blurred the boundaries of art and craft through her technical experimentation and introduction of abstract modernism into her designs. Her passion for these topics is articulated in her books On Weaving (1965) and On Designing (1959). Following Albers’s methods of teaching weaving through both conventional and unconventional approaches, Albers Foundation educator Fritz Horstman will lead textile experiments in material and technique. Participants will engage first with pattern-making, and then with off-loom, back-strap, and four-harness loom weaving techniques.

Fritz Horstman is artist residency and education coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has lectured and given workshops at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, the Royal College of Art in London, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and many other institutions. He is also an artist who has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in recent exhibitions in Norway, France, Russia, Japan, and the United States.

This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from February 8 through July 28, 2019.

The workshop will take place in the Materials Lab, Lower Level.

$15 materials fee. Registration is required and space is limited. Materials fee must be paid to confirm registration. Please email am_register@harvard.edu, stop by the museums’ admissions desk, or call 617-495-1440 to register. Minimum age of 14; no previous experience is required.

Support for the Bauhaus exhibition is provided by endowed funds, including the Daimler Curatorship of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Fund, the Charles L. Kuhn Endowment Fund, and the Care of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Collection Fund. In addition, modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

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