St. Paul, MN
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.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, Jack Lenor Larsen: Creator and Collector is a major profile of one of the greatest textile designers of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, this compelling written beautifully illustrated book juxtaposes over forty of Larsen's most innovative textile designs with treasures of world and contemporary arts from his own collections that have helped to inspire them.