Theo Leffmann, Leona, 1991, synthetic lace and yarn, cotton yarn, metal, and metallic cord. Gift of Paul Leffmann, 1997.35.40.
The fiber art of Chicago artist Theo Leffmann evokes the ancient and the exotic, echoing pre-Columbian and non-Western processes and forms with a distinct personal vision.
Leffmann’s 40-year-career coincided with a revolution in textile art in the mid-20th century, as divisions between “high art,” such as painting and sculpture, and craft diminished.
This display of Leffmann's colorful, richly textured, and playful weavings, wall hangings, and sculptural objects is drawn from the Block Museum's permanent collection. The works are generous gifts of her husband Paul Leffmann.