Hanging, Mourning Dove, 1962
This is a Hanging. It was designed by Lenore Tawney and woven by Lenore Tawney. It is dated 1962 and we acquired it in 1964. Its medium is linen, feathers and its technique is plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry). It is a part of the Textiles department.
In a 1971 article, Lenore Tawney's studio was described as a "gymnasium sized" space filled with "clumps of projects in progress - feathers, egg shells, and delicate animal bones ready for inclusion” in the artist’s weavings and assemblages. One can easily imagine Mourning Dove coalescing from these materials. Tawney is a revered figure in American fiber art, recognized for her ability to translate and combine diverse techniques and materials in her abstract woven constructions. She was one of the first American fiber artists to revive ancient Peruvian gauze weave, and even modified her weaving equipment to manipulate warp threads in gauze-like patterns. In this piece, she employed another ancient technique, slit tapestry, to separate the warp threads into the thin bands that fan into the bottom fringe. Tawney found inspiration both within and without, in complex woven structures and in the natural objects in her midst.
This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Feathers and Linen: Lenore Tawney’s Woven Assemblage.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Lenore Tawney.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 137 x 42 cm (53 15/16 x 16 9/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Hanging, Mourning Dove, 1962; Designed by Lenore Tawney (American, 1907–2007); USA; linen, feathers; H x W: 137 x 42 cm (53 15/16 x 16 9/16 in.); Gift of Lenore Tawney; 1964-66-3
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.