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Theo Leffmann: Weaving a Life into Art

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Leona, 1991 Synthetic Lace and Yarn, Cotton Yarn, Metal, and Metallic Cord © Courtesy of Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
Theo Leffmann: Weaving a Life into Art

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
September 20th, 2011 - December 4th, 2011

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Suburbs
EMAIL:  
block-museum@northwestern.edu
PHONE:  
847-491-4000
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue, Sat-Sun 10-5; Wed-Fri 10-8
TAGS:  
weavings, wall hangings, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

The fiber art of Chicago artist Theo Leffmann (1911–96) 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.