Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists July 9 – October 1, 2017

Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists studies some of the best contemporary art through the lens of craft: the woven carpet. Featuring seventeen artists from across the globe, the exhibition reveals carpets to be a powerful locus of meaning today, one that cuts across subjects of design, art, décor, production, and geopolitics. Wall to Wall proposes that artist-designed carpets play a role in modern art history as a critical form that is becoming increasingly popular in artistic practices.

The featured carpets embody a wide range of formal interests, from material, to color, to spatial composition. They represent diverse approaches to collaboration as well: artist and weaver, artist and designer, artist and producer, artist and commercial business. With range and depth, the exhibition reveals how and why artists are advancing contemporary art practice through this ancient yet persistent medium.

Artists include Polly Apfelbaum, Alan Belcher, Guillaume Bijl, Liam Gillick, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Lum, Marilyn Minter, Sarah Morris, Paulina Olowska, Jorge Pardo, Richard Prince, Julião Sarmento, Rosemarie Trockel, Christopher Wool, and Heimo Zobernig.

The exhibition is organized by MOCA Cleveland and curated by Cornelia Lauf, independent curator.

Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists at the Katonah Museum of Art is made possible by the generous support of Vanessa Diebold, Lisa and Mark Schwartz, Old New House, Patsy Orlofsky, and an anonymous contribution.

Homepage: Installation view, Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists at MOCA Cleveland. Photo: Jerry Birchfield. (c) MOCA Cleveland 2016.

Above left: Ken Lum, The Path from Shallow Love to Deeper Love, 2015, wool, 118 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Equator Productions, and GoldenRuler. Photo: Jerry Birchfield. (c) MOCA Cleveland 2016.

Above right: Joseph Kosuth, L.W. (Remarks on the Foundation of Mathematics), 2015, Tibetan wool, 118 x 79 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Equator Production, and Golden Ruler. Photo: Jerry Birchfield. (c) MOCA Cleveland 2016.

Creighton Michael: ON DRAWING in processJuly 9 – October 1, 2017

Creighton Michael, CHRONICLE 1617, 2017 Layered acrylic and digital transfer on concave panel Courtesy of the artist

New York artist Creighton Michael’s work asks the question, “What is drawing?” His engagement of abstract mark-making expands into many media, from the pencil and pen to paint and digital processes. The five works on view at the KMA exemplify his conceptually nuanced and visually rich explorations of the boundary between traditional methods of drawing and its radical transformation in contemporary art practice.

Michael’s work is in various public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York; and Hafnarborg Museum, Iceland. He is a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and a Golden Foundation for the Arts award in painting.


Woven, Knotted, and HookedIn the Learning Center
July 9 – October 1, 2017

Constance Old, Orange Fuzz, 2016. Up-cycled paper and plastic on plastic drawer liner

Visit our Learning Center this summer, transformed into a weaving workshop where guests can experiment with traditional and non-traditional rug-inspired techniques. Enjoy a variety of new and recycled materials to create carpets, textiles, and wall hangings of all kinds. Contribute to a large collaborative weaving installation designed by artist Constance Old and view her unique hooked-rug artworks. Themed interactive ImagineIt! bags are available to use around the KMA campus.

Mark di Suvero’s Monumental SculptureOngoing

Since fall 2016 the KMA is host to two of internationally renowned artist Mark di Suvero’s pioneering steel sculptures. Since the 1950s, di Suvero has transformed industrial materials such as wood timbers, tires, and scrap metal to create works that dynamize their setting. Visitors will find the space of the KMA’s South Lawn activated with Yoga (1991) and the Marilyn M. Simpson Sculpture Garden with Rust Angel (1995), works that exemplify di Suvero’s ability to imbue familiar sites with an original energy.

This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in honor of Charles Bergman's many years of counsel and service. Additional Support for this exhibition is provided by Jon & Nancy Bauer, Victoria & Stephen Morris, the Donna & Marvin Schwartz Foundation, the Silverweed Foundation, and the Ohnell Family Foundation. Special thanks to Elizabeth & Samuel Sachs for their support and collaboration.

Header Image: Mark di Suvero, Yoga, 1991, Steel, stainless steel, 29’ 6 1/2” x 31’ 2” x 31’ 2”. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photograph © Margaret Fox Photography.
Image Above: Mark di Suvero, Rust Angel, 1995. Painted steel. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery. Photograph © Margaret Fox Photography.