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Textile, Curio Cabinet, 1952

This is a Textile. It was designed by Doris Lee and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1952 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

Doris Lee, the American painter whose rural scenes blended folk and modernist styles, stirred up the art world when her 1935 painting, “Thanksgiving,” won the Art Institute of Chicago’s prestigious Logan Prize and drew the ire of the prize’s donor. Josephine Logan swiftly founded the Society for Sanity in Art, which strongly opposed all forms of modernist art.
Macy’s announced Lee’s textile design, Curio Cabinet, in a New York Times advertisement (March 30, 1952) with the headline, “A Decorative Fabric Sensation: ‘Curio Cabinet’ by Famous American Artist, Doris Lee.” The copy read, “Why settle for just an ordinary print in your new Spring draperies, slipcovers or upholstery when a design by a famous American artist costs so little? See the fresh, clean, breezy look of this pattern, its beguiling nostalgic flavor.”
In this colorway, a variety of pink and white ceramics and glassware, some filled with bright flowers, are arranged in rows on a slate gray ground. A red version (5826.52.2016) and a set of samples in different colorways (5826.38.2016) are also proposed for acquisition.
Curio Cabinet is part of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition, “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists, 1934-2000.”

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 123.2 × 115.6 cm (48 1/2 × 45 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Curio Cabinet, 1952; Designed by Doris Lee (American, 1905 - 1983); cotton; H x W: 123.2 × 115.6 cm (48 1/2 × 45 1/2 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection; 2016-35-34

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