Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator
Co-curated by Professor Stephanie Zollinger and GMD Associate Curator Jean McElvain, Jack Lenor Larsen at 90: Transformations by a Textile Innovator opens with a 90th birthday party for and attended by Mr. Larsen himself on September 22, 2017. This event and exhibition are free and open to the public.
For 45 years, Larsen led Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated in the production of fabrics for the interior environment. In later years he produced carpet and furniture under the Larsen Carpet and Larsen Furniture names. Larsen took his design inspiration from around the world, visiting scores of countries to learn traditional hand-weaving and loom techniques, which he interpreted in new and innovative ways. In 1997, Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated was purchased by the English firm Colefax and Fowler. On the occasion of the purchase, Larsen's entire archive was donated to the University of Minnesota (Elmer L. Andersen Library Archives and the Goldstein Museum of Design [GMD]) and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
The textiles in this exhibition are informed by Larsen’s mastery of craft techniques, technological innovation, and inspiration from global design traditions. The inclusion of drawings, correspondence and production samples makes possible the intriguing narration of the creative process. The Goldstein Museum of Design is proud to contribute to a better understanding of the diversity and complexity of textiles created during the latter half of the 20th Century.
To accompany the exhibition, a free panel discussion will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Panelists will discuss their experiences working with Mr. Larsen and his textile innovations. Panelists include: Ellie Karanauskas, former Vice President of Sales and National Sales Director for Jack Lenor Larsen Inc.