Anni Albers Free-Hanging Room Divider c. 1949

  • Not on view

Inspired by the principles of function and utility advocated at the Bauhaus, where she had served as acting director of the weaving workshop until 1933, when the Nazis closed the school, Albers created textiles that could organize architectural space and connect users with their environments. After immigrating to the United States, Albers and her husband, Josef Albers, taught at Black Mountain College, where they both exerted a profound influence on a new generation of young artists. To make her room dividers, she used unconventional materials, such as cellophane and horsehair,in a dynamic combination of soft and coarse elementsthat allow light and air to move through them.

Gallery label from Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction, April 19 - August 13, 2017.
Cotton, cellophane, and braided horsehair
87 x 32 1/2" (221 x 82.5 cm)
Gift of the designer
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© 2021 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Architecture and Design

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