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We are pleased to announce that two current New York exhibitions, Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical and Force of Nature, present textiles and costume from Cora Ginsburg.

Three of our twentieth-century textiles, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, are on view at the Met Breuer in Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical until October 8, 2017. As founding member of Memphis in 1981, Sottsass designed furnishing cottons like Schizzo, and wearable silks for men’s ties. The exhibition also includes Farfalla, a fabric by Archizoom for Poltronova in 1967 during Sottsass’s tenure as artistic director.



Force of Nature at the Museum at FIT on view until November 18, 2017 includes the American robe à la française in its section on “The Botanic Garden,” which demonstrates the scientific interest in cultivated plant life during the Enlightenment as it was channeled through period fashions and textiles.

Art Textiles Pop-Up Exhibition

The years after World War II brought a wider interest among architects, designers, and artists in “art for the masses,” elevating functional objects and fashion to the status of fine art by creating affordable alternatives. Cora Ginsburg is pleased to partner with Jennings & Rohn Antiques and Montage for a pop-up exhibition of artistic textiles intended for mass consumption from the nineteenth century to the 1950s.

American fabrics include designs by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, as well as acclaimed designers like Olga Lee Baughman and Angelo Testa, who each won the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design award. Other textiles served as wearable art. Fernand Leger’s “Parade Sauvage” (ca. 1955) was produced as a shirtwaist dress, making as much of a statement as a printed cotton from a century earlier, an abstract 1830s chintz probably used for a day dress.

Please visit Jennings & Rohn Antiques and Montage at 25 Main Street, Millerton, NY this Fall to see the exhibition.

We also celebrate the release of Marguerita Mergentime: American Textiles, Modern Ideas, edited by Donna Ghelerter, a contributor to the Cora Ginsburg catalogue, with a foreword by Madelyn Shaw and essays by Ghelerter, Virginia Bayer and Linda Florio. Although her career was brief, spanning the 1930s, Mergentime’s designs were widely known, highly sought after, and sold at leading American department stores. Mergentime (née Straus, 1891-1941) was an innovative artist-designer whose printed home furnishing fabrics injected humor, color, and whimsy into the domestic interior. Mergentime was best known for her boldly patterned table linens that reflected her wide range of interests—horticulture, history, folk culture, typography, and Americana. The book is a welcome addition to the literature on interwar American textiles and a testament to the imaginative, individual style of this accomplished designer.

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