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Basket (USA), 1982

This is a Basket. It was made by John McQueen (American, b. 1943). It is dated 1982 and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is basswood. It is a part of the Textiles department.

John McQueen made this basket for a 1982 Cooper Hewitt exhibition on lace. The body of the basket employs a simple plaiting technique commonly used in bobbin lace: the whole or torchon ground stitch. The intention was to show how simple techniques of plaiting and interlacing are capable of creating objects that are lightweight yet strong, much like the geodesic dome.

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 26.7 × 19.1 cm (10 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Basket (USA), 1982; Made by John McQueen (American, b. 1943) ; basswood; H x diam.: 26.7 × 19.1 cm (10 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.); 1982-24-1

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