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Nov 29, 2017

Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations By A Textile Innovator


Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations By A Textile Innovator

Nov 29th - All Day
Goldstein Museum of Design

Jack Lenor Larsen

 

Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations By A Textile Innovator

 

September 23, 2017 - January 7th, 2018


Reception | Friday, September 22, 2017, 6-8 PM

Goldstein Museum of Design, Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, St. Paul campus

Reception sponsored by:

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Exhibition Dates | September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Goldstein Museum of Design, Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, St. Paul campus


Curated by Stephanie Zollinger, Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator begins with a 90th birthday party for and attended by Mr. Larsen himself on September 22, 2017. This exhibition will celebrate Jack Larsen’s 90th birthday through his many innovations, as the textiles on exhibit are informed by Larsen’s mastery of craft techniques, technological innovation, and inspiration from global design traditions. Approximately 65-70 textiles will be augmented with didactic text, guided tours, and public lectures.

For 45 years, Larsen led Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated in the production of fabrics for the interior environment. In later years he produced carpet and furniture under the Larsen Carpet and Larsen Furniture names. Larsen took his design inspiration from around the world, visiting scores of countries to learn traditional hand-weaving and loom techniques, which he interpreted in new and innovative ways.  In 1997, Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated was purchased by the English firm Colefax and Fowler. On the occasion of the purchase, Larsen's entire archive was donated to the University of Minnesota (Elmer L. Andersen Library Archives and the Goldstein Museum of Design [GMD]) and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The textiles on exhibit are informed by Larsen’s mastery of craft techniques, technological innovation, and inspiration from global design traditions. The inclusion of drawings, correspondence and production samples makes possible the intriguing narration of the creative process. The Goldstein Museum of Design is proud to contribute to a better understanding of the diversity and complexity of textiles created during the latter half of the 20th Century. 

Free and open to the public.

 


Related Event: 
PANEL DISCUSSION | Jack Lenor Larsen
November 2, 2017, 6:00pm, 33 McNeal Hall

To accompany the exhibition, a free panel discussion will be held on Thursday, November 2nd.

• Ellie Karanauskas, Former Vice President of Sales and National Sales Director for Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated 
• Krista Stack, former Director of Design for the Larsen Design Studio 
• Lotus Stack, former textile curator for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
• Lori Weitzner, worked as an independent textile designer for Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated where she created many notable collections

Organized by the Goldstein Museum of Design.

 


 

To learn more about Jack Lenor Larsen and his incredible contributions to the world of textiles, the Goldstein hosts the Jack Lenor Larsen Oral History Project. To help preserve the Larsen legacy, Dr. Zollinger interviewed many of Larsen’s former designers, employees, and colleagues. These interviews were audiotaped and transcribed and are now an important source of information available for scholars and admirers of Jack Lenor Larsen.

Visit here: Jack Lenor Larsen Oral History Project

 

 

Press

Goldstein Museum Press Release

Textile Is More Feature

Weavers Guild of Minnesota Feature and Tour Information

Craft Council's August/September Shows to See

Star Tribune's "Top 10 Art Exhibits in the Twin Cities This Fall"

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