My exploratory visit to the Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT was made possible by the generous invitation of Sam McCune and Karis Medina. The day was such an overwhelming visual experience! By viewing everything from painting, drawings, textiles and teaching documents, I was able to gain an even greater appreciation for the lives and intellect of Josef and Anni Albers.
The foundation has six buildings, which include two buildings that are used as art residencies for contemporary artists selected by the foundation. One of the newer buildings features a well curated display of objects and textiles that were created during their years at the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College.
My particular focus of this excursion was to research Anni Albers' avant garde textile work in more detail. Her work is so much more engaging in person, particularly the early textiles that were made at the Bauhaus before coming to the US. Later in life Anni developed different fabric and materials for larger production volumes, but the detail and complexity of the early designs are really inspiring. Please enjoy a few glimpses into this rich tradition of textile art.