Theory — 2 Jun 2019

Museumticket + €3
Teijin Auditorium
2 Jun 2019, 3 pm until 4.30 pm
Main language

A textile imaginary: weaving and the modern project

Each year since 2015, the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) have jointly supported a Visiting Fellow of Modern and Contemporary Art. Previous visiting fellows were Sarat Maharaj (2018), Martha Rosler (2017), Claire Bishop (2016), and W.J.T. Mitchell (2015). The 2019 fellow is prof.dr. Briony Fer.


Weaving and textiles will be the starting point of this lecture, focusing on the work of Anni Albers. Briony Fer co-curated the Anni Albers retrospective at Tate Modern in 2018. Following the exhibition, Fer will take stock and try to forge new ground in thinking about the work of several key women artists and designers who have been marginalized in the canonic narratives of 20th century art. We shall also consider a number of other artists and designers alongside Albers, all of whom work with woven constructions including Otti Berger and Clara Porset.


2.45 pm
Doors open
3 pm
Welcome and Introduction – Marjan Boot
3.10 pm
Lecture – Briony Fer
4.10 pm
Q&A – moderated by Victoria Anastasyadis
4.30 pm
End of program
6 pm
Museum closes


Sunday, 2 June 2019:
3 – 4.30 pm:    Public lecture Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Monday, 3 June 2019:
10 am – 1 pm: UvA seminar (Not open for public)
Tuesday, 4 June 2019:
10 am – 1 pm: UvA seminar (Not open for public)
Wednesday, 5 June 2019:
10 am – 1 pm: UvA seminar (Not open for public)  Afternoon: Public lecture Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), The Hague


Briony Fer has written extensively on modern and contemporary art. Her research interests have consistently moved between the history of the avant-gardes and the work of contemporary artists, including Gabriel Orozco, Roni Horn, David Batchelor and Tacita Dean. Her books include On Abstract Art (1997) and The Infinite Line (2004) and Eva Hesse: Studiowork (2009) and Gabriel Orozco: Thinking in Circles (Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013). Her most recent project has been to co-curate the Anni Albers retrospective at Tate Modern (2018). She is Professor of History of Art at University College London and a Fellow of the British Academy.


In relation to the Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern, Briony Fer wrote an essay for the online magazine Tate Etc. 

Read the article here