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‘Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design’ at Art Institute of Chicago

“Bessie's Blues from the series American Collection Number 5,” 1997 Faith Ringgold
(Courtesy: The Art Institute of Chicago. Robert Allerton Endowment)

Art Institute of Chicago is exhibiting “Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design” in Chicago.

Featuring works by big names like Sonia Delaunay, the Art Institute of Chicago is currently hosting a fascinating show that explores how rhythm in music and textile design are inextricably linked. The museum will host this unusual exhibition until October 28, 2018.

“Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design” explores how textiles can have a multisensory aesthetic. “A tapestry that depicts a violin fractured by vibrations as it produces a sonata, a printed fabric that illustrates the bright experimentations of jazz, a gift-wrapping cloth that portrays graceful and elegantly attired dancers moving in a procession – each of these works offers a small window onto the various ways visual artists engage with, interpret, and express rhythms,” says the museum. The repetitive qualities of rhythm invites cross-disciplinary artistic ventures.

The series feature a selection of 17th through 20th century works made in Brazil, Finland, France, Japan and the United States. The exhibition highlights the global nature of Art Institute of Chicago’s collection and invites visitors to consider how rhythm can influence textile design.

“Channeling the hurried pace of modern life, Sonia Delaunay’s ‘Jazz’ is composed of forms suggestive of musical notes and notations. Rendered in black, white, red, and gray, pointed angular forms abut smooth short curves, and the undulations punctuated by strong diagonals convey syncopated sensations indebted to music and dance popular in the 1920s,” says the gallery.

This is in sharp contrast to the visual rhythm of Delaunay’s design  the “furoshiki,” or gift-wrapping cloth, featured in the exhibition, which conveys a gentler sense of motion, presenting dancers in a receding, curved line emphasized by the fluidity of the performers’ limbs and costumes. Both of these works are dramatically different as compared to the others in the exhibition. They seem to exemplify the various and complex ways in which textile designers and producers have communicated sound and movement through their work — by using rhythm to connect artists and art forms.

The exhibition is on view through October 28, 2018, at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide-venues/286620/museum-overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.


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