Land Without End and Other Works by Theo Leffmann

Alsdorf Gallery

Land Without End Theo Leffmann, Detail of Land Without End, 1975, wool. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Paul Leffmann, 1997.35.13.

The fiber art of Chicagoan Theo Leffmann (1911–96) evokes the ancient and the exotic, echoing pre-Columbian and non-Western processes and forms with a distinct personal vision.

Influenced by her teacher, the modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko, while studying at Chicago’s New Bauhaus (now the Illinois Institute of Technology), Leffmann experimented with processes, textures and media throughout her career. Working on and off the loom, she employed techniques from traditional weaving and braiding to wrapping and crocheting and incorporated yarn, wool, metal, leather and other tactile materials.

This selection of Leffmann's colorful, richly textured, and playful weavings, wall hangings, and sculptural objects are drawn from the Block Museum's permanent collection, gifts of her husband Paul Leffmann.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Alsdorf Endowment; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and generous contributions from supporters of the Block Museum Annual Fund.