Polly Apfelbaum included in the group exhibition Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise curated by Manuela Ammer at the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Austria.
Ornament as Promise was the premise of Pattern and Decoration movement in the United States (1975–1985). In our exhibition, mumok presents the rich collection of works from this movement of Peter and Irene Ludwig, in the largest presentation of Pattern and Decoration in German-speaking Europe since the 1980s.
With oriental-style mosaics, monumental textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances, in the 1970s committed feminist artists like Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner aimed to bring color, formal diversity, and emotion back into art. Decoration played a key role, with its connotations of the techniques of artisanship. Various ornamental traditions, from the Islamic world to North American Indians to Art Deco, were incorporated in their works, opening up a view beyond geographical and historical boundaries. A proximity to folk art was sought as a deliberate counter to the “purism” of the art of the 1960s.
Pattern and Decoration: Ornament as Promise
February 23 – September 8, 2019
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Wien, Austria