August 5, 2014
Professor Sherri Smith’s work Front Range (1976) is included in Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present at the The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the first major exhibition in over forty years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century to the present. After the close of the exhibition at the ICA, the show will travel to (October 1, 2014–January 4, 2015): Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (January 30–April 5, 2015); Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (May 8–August 2, 2015); and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (August 22–November 9, 2015).
Crisscrossing generations, nationalities, processes, and approaches, Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present features 47 works by 34 artists that range from small-scale weavings to immersive environments.
The accompanying catalogue features essays that survey the profound shift in fiber from on-loom weavings to off-loom sculptures in proximity to mainstream art movements such as postminimalism; the exhibitions and events that defined the fiber art movement from 1962 to 1972; a provocative investigation of softness in art; an exploration of the history of tapestry and architecturally-scaled fiber sculpture; and essays on each of the exhibited artists.