Jan 9–Jan 31, 1944

Marli EhrmanTextiles

From the exhibition announcement:

The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago announces two exhibitions: Paintings by Martyl and Textiles by Marli Ehrman. Period of exhibition January 10 to 31, daily except Sunday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Saturdays 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 M.

The exhibition of modern weaving by Marli Ehrman is particularly timely since hand-weaving had proved to be of great value in occupational therapy. The need for trained people in this work is becoming more apparent as our wounded are being returned in ever greater numbers from the war fronts. While so many present-day exhibit of weaving are made up mainly of reproductions or adaptations of older designs, the work of Marli Ehrman and her students demonstrates a fresh and creative approach to the art. New weaves and combinations have been worked out and the use of modern material, such as plastics, metals and rayon are freely employed. All of this may serve to widen the range of interest of the disabled soldier who may aspire to develop a high skill in handicraft. The exhibit also opens many possibilities to the designer and craftsman for the application to industrial uses. The exhibit consists of lengths of materials in a variety of weaves and colors, tapestries and many demonstration panels which are accompanied by explanatory texts. Marli Ehrman studied and taught in several universities and art and crafts schools in Europe including the original Bauhaus, where she conducted an experimental weaving workshop. Since 1938 she has been head of the weaving workshop at the School of Design in Chicago, and has also taught at Hull House and in California. She was awarded first prize in weaving in a national competition which was conducted by the Museum of Modern Art and a prize, also in national competition, awarded by the Fairchild Publications Corporations, New York City.