Jack Lenor Larsen: The Company and the Cloth:

The Company and the Cloth:
June 15, 2002 – July 28, 2002

The first major exhibition from the company archive of Jack Lenor Larsen, long considered to be the dean of modern fabric design, opens at the American Textile History Museum on June 15, 2002 and continues through July 28, 2002. This will be the only venue in the east for the exhibit, which was organized by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


Samarkand, Larsen Design Studio,
screen printed cotton. Collection of
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The exhibit, Jack Lenor Larsen: The Company and the Cloth, celebrates the genius of the man and the contribution of his company to twentieth-century design. The show features over 100 beautifully crafted fabrics reflecting Larsen’s talent for incorporating both the newest and the oldest techniques.

The installation is divided into three main areas that concentrate on various aspects of the Larsen design phenomenon and the internationally renowned company: the studio, the showrooms, and the clients. Visitors can explore the world of Larsen textile design and manufacture through fabric displays, graphics, touchable fabric samples, and an interactive computer program.

Beginning in 1953, Larsen and his company designed fabrics for some of the most elegant homes, public buildings, and corporate offices of our time, working with Frank Lloyd Wright, Pan American and Braniff Airlines, the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, Air Force One, and many others. Larsen embraced all possibilities, finding both visual and technical inspiration in a wide range of geographical and historical influences. The exhibition demonstrates the collaborative nature of the design process and shows how the company explored the latest advances in textile engineering even as they embraced very traditional production methods.


Jack Lenor Larsen: The Company and the Cloth was organized by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. An exhibition catalogue published by The Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota will be available.

Exhibition support has been generously provided by Merida Meridian, Inc., Prestige Mills, HPSC, Inc., and Cowtan & Tout. The exhibit will continue at the Museum through July 28, 2002.

A series of free lectures and other events related to the exhibition take place during the run of Jack Lenor Larsen: The Company and the Cloth. For a complete listing, click here.

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