Arts, Museum Exhibits and Events

Spotlight: Stuart Davis's "Flying Carpet" (1942)

When: Thu., Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m. 2016

In 1941 The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York invited several American artists to create rug designs for an upcoming exhibition highlighting modern experimentation in the textile medium. Painter Stuart Davis seized upon the opportunity, and his resulting design for Flying Carpet (1942), a seven- by ten-foot hand-tufted rug, plays upon the notion of aerial vision by conveying the sensation of a landscape seen from a plane’s-eye view. Jennifer Padgett, PhD candidate, Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, will discuss the history of the rug’s design, production, and exhibition.