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Fiber Artist Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz in “Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus” at the Art Institute of Chicago

November 7th, 2019

Fiber Artist Yvonne Palmer Pacanovsky Bobrowicz (Fiber ’49) is featured in the exhibition “Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus” which opened at the Art Institute of Chicago in August.  It will run through February 16, 2020.

On the 100th year celebrating the establishment of the Bauhaus, this exhibition explores weaving influenced by Bauhaus ideology and its protagonists. From the common production of functional textiles by each of the artists, the introduction of new materials and ideology leads the various weavers on their individual evolutions as artists and in the development of fiber as a media. The exhibition illustrates these influences and developments through the careers of the artists, showing various works of the weavers over time from the 1940’s till the present day.

Yvonne Palmer Pacanovsky Bobrowicz is represented in the exhibition by four examples of her works which cover a time span from the 1950s until 2017.  Her work from the midcentury of functional textiles had always included diverse materials such as wool-silk, linen lurex, plastics, metals and gold which modify the surfaces and textures. Three of the examples of Bobrowicz’s work in the exhibition are taken from the Art institute’s permanent collection. One of which is an upholstery textile woven at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1949.

From Bobrowicz’s beginnings in weaving at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1948, her evolution in technique and ideology have transformed from the orthogonal properties of the loom to three-dimensional fields. Leaving the loom, she is now exclusively working in hand-knotted works evoking the properties of energized particles in fields of vectors and translucency.

Find out more about this exhibition here.