WGM Tours: The Goldstein Museum of Design’s “Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations By A Textile Innovator”

Get a private tour with the curator on October 3! The Goldstein Museum of Design presents “Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations By A Textile Innovator” co-curated by Stephanie Zollinger and Jean McElvain.

Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations By A Textile Innovator
September 22, 2017 – January 8th, 2018

Co-curated by Stephanie Zollinger and Jean McElvain, Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator opens with a 90th birthday party for and attended by Mr. Larsen himself on September 22, 2017.

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. 

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

Link: http://goldstein.design.umn.edu/exhibitions/upcoming/JackLenorLarsenat90.html

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM CDT Add to Calendar
Where: The Goldstein Museum of Design, 364 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, 612-624-7434, gmd@umn.edu Driving Directions / Transportation & Parking Info from GMD
Contact: Weavers Guild of Minnesota bbowman@weaversguildmn.org

Register today! This event is limited to only 15 registrants.

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