Tate Modern Conference

The Event of a Thread

Anni Albers behind the loom

Anni Albers Card Weaving at Black Mountain College Black Mountain College Photograph Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Western Regional Archives, Ashville, N.C.

Delve deeper into the world of Anni Albers in this one-day conference

Join us for a one-day conference bringing together ground-breaking scholarship on Anni Albers in order to demonstrate her importance as a pivotal figure in the history of modernism. The Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern is her first major retrospective as an artist in her own right and shows the full range and depth of her work. It is a timely moment to assess her contribution and to reconsider the now conventional narratives concerning the Bauhaus and its legacies.

Key themes addressed in our conference include materiality; the Bauhaus in exile in the United States to the notion of a 'global Bauhaus'; and how this reflects on an expanded geography of modernism; the question of weaving itself and how it relates to feminist politics and a politics of labour. This event aims to foreground the interest Anni Albers holds across art, architecture and design by bringing together a range of contemporary practitioners.

Download the programme [PDF, 572 KB]

Speakers include: Leonor Antunes, Jordan Troeller, Briony Fer, T'ai Smith, Jeffrey Saletnik, Raisa Kabir, Robin Schuldenfrei and Jordan Troeller.

This conference has been initiated and developed in collaboration with Professor Briony Fer, who is also the exhibition's co-curator.
This event is supported by the BAAS / US Embassy Small Grants Programme.
This event has been provided by Tate Foundation on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD​.​

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

1 December 2018 at 11.00–17.00

Sponsored by

The J Isaacs Charitable Trust