Art & Crafts

Installation view of Thread Lines at The Drawing Center

In the art world annum that was, things came up crafty. Ceramics and textiles have been the rage ever since the Whitney Biennial in March—there is even some weaving-like work, by Dianna Molzan, in The Forever Now, MoMA’s major of-the-moment survey of painting, opening this weekend. But as a reminder that what seems new is often the past bubbling to the surface, visit the last days of The Drawing Center’s Thread Lines, featuring 16 artists—some pioneers from the past, others reviving the tradition now—who stitch, sew, and weave their way into the gallery. Like that holiday scarf from your aunt who knits, this group show will get lost soon.

“Thread Lines” runs through December 14, at New York’s Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St.


Union of Water and Fire, 1974 by Lenore Tawney. Collection of Leonore G. Tawney Foundation


Untitled, 2006 by Louise Bourgeois. Courtesy of Cheim & Reid, New York. Photo by Christopher Burke; Copyright The Easton Foundation / Licensed by Vaga.


Colors in Clay, 1988 by Alan Shields. Courtesy of the Estate and Van Doren Waxter.


Transpercer 3 Fois, 2009 by Sheila Hicks. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.


December 12, 1983: Standing Beside the Communal Campfire, She Read Aloud From The Front Page News: “Women at War!” 25,000 in Greenham Base Demo, 2012 by Ellen Lesperance. Courtesy of the artist and Ambach and Rice, Los Angeles.


Untitled, 2013 by William J. O’Brien. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York


Desire, Dread, Despair, 2012 by Elaine Reichek. Courtesy of the artist and Zach Feuer, New York, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.