NANCY CROW | DRAWINGS: MONOPRINTS & RIFFS• August 4, 2020-March 7, 2021 | International Quilt Museum | Lincoln, NE
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A decade after Nancy’s work appeared in the International Quilt Museum's grand opening exhibition, she will share some of the quilts she has made since then in a new exhibition in our West Gallery.
Nancy Crow, a leader in contemporary quilt-making since the 1970’s, will showcase work from the past nine years (2011-2020). The title of the exhibition … DRAWINGS … references to her strongly held belief that she has been drawing, finds drawing intrinsic to who she is as an artist, and that drawing has been refined in her own voice through the swing of her arm, whether in producing monoprints, in the cutting of the fabrics, or in the final machine-piecing. This exhibition will showcase the results of her determination to learn the art of monoprinting using Procion MX thickened dyes on cotton cloth. Over two years she produced more than 200 monoprints, most never shown before, and only a small number in the U.S. The monoprint drawings on exhibit will include many of her tall major works. They will be hung in sequence so viewers can follow her progress as the works become covered with vastly more intense mark-making due to her playing with iterations in size & value scales. Nancy considers these works to be quilted drawings. The “drawing” in her machine-pieced RIFFS manifests as lines, shapes, sequences and spacing. Color has been used sparingly and at other times, boldly.
COLOR IMPROVISATIONS IIColor Improvisations II is an exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow. The exhibition includes 50 spectacular large-format quilts by 44 artists from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland and the United States. The project grew out of Crow’s interest in celebrating the “…majesty, strength and energy of large textile works, specifically large quilts.” All of the quilts in the exhibition are abstract compositions that were machine-pieced and quilted, primarily from hand-dyed fabrics.
The exhibition premiered at the Museum Tuch+Technik in Germany in 2016, and has subsequently been shown in Spain, Switzerland and France. Note: some of the upcoming venues will display 25 works, and not all 50 quilts.
• May 30-September 23, 2018 | Toronto, Canada
Textile Museum of Canada
• October 13, 2018-January 20, 2019 | Harrisburg, PA
The Susquehanna Art Museum
• July 13-October 13, 2019 | Huntington, WV
The Huntington Museum of Art
• January 4-April 5, 2020 | Springfield, OH
Springfield Museum of Art