American Fiber Art: Selections from the Collection

Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011), Mutation, 1970s, wool and other fibers. Allentown Art Museum, gift of Toshiko Takaezu, 2007
Wed, 07/20/2016 - Sun, 12/11/2016
Butz Gallery

This installation draws on the Museum’s important textile holdings to offer a glimpse into the exciting world of fiber art. Its six works complement the paintings, sculptures, and prints also on view in Butz Gallery, offering a fuller understanding of American art since World War II. The featured artists employ embroidery, weaving, and quilting in both traditional and unexpected ways. By challenging the typically functional role of textiles, they comment on issues such as sexism, industrialization, and the boundary between craft and art.


Mildred Johnstone (1900-1988), “Little Man, What Now?”, 1949, linen plain weave with wool and angora French knots, tent stitch, and Gobelin stitch embroidery. Gift of Mildred T. Johnstone, 1977