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Passersby 04: Anni Albers


Museo Jumex / Mexico City / Art

“Life today is very bewildering,” the Berlin-born artist Anni Albers wrote in a 1937 edition of the Black Mountain College bulletin. Before coming to the states, Albers and her husband, Josef, taught at the Bauhaus, but fled Germany in 1933 as the Nazis rose to power. Arriving in North Carolina to teach at a school with no art department, they were as likely to be baffled as the locals—“Germans to teach art near here,” read an Asheville Citizen headline. But Albers, the foremost textile artist of her century, was fortified by a sense of moral clarity. In that same 1937 bulletin, she outlined a creative philosophy that saw a connection with raw material, a blending of craft and art, as a brace against authority. She believed that “we are taking part in an eternal order.” This exhibition displays photographs of the artist’s many trips to Mexico, where she immersed herself in traditional techniques and motifs, and also examines the country’s influence on Albers’s weavings. —C.J.F.

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Museo Jumex Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, 11520 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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