Knitting in Art

Adapted from General Ginger....

I recently found myself with a free day.  There were no plans, no commitments, no projects to complete, no nothing.  That could mean only one thing: road trip!

Zooming along the back roads of the Berkshire hilltowns, I arrived in North Adams, Massachusetts, Mass MoCA to be more specific.  The museum has been open for more than six years, and I hadn't yet been.  Shame on me!

You're probably wondering where am I going with all this.  I'm going to tell you that there was a lot of knitting happening at this museum.  You might know that Mass MoCA was the location of David Cole's Knitting Machine.  The flag is now folded and in a case, but there's a video installation of the project, if you're interested.

That wasn't all.  There were the knitting needles:

Evolutionofneedles

Evolution of the Knitting Needle Through Modern Warfare, David Cole, 2001.  It doesn't photograph very well.  From the exhibit's press release "In Evolution of the Knitting Needle Through Modern Warfare -- which Cole describes as 'hypothetical anthropology' -- each set of needles references a specific war in American history. The piece contrasts a basic form of production, knitting, with the progress of technology made through war. It is a study of the relationship between technology and violence." 

Okay.

Then there were the paintings (all photographs taken without a flash, if you're concerned):

Dasneue

Shesknitting

The New (Das Neue), Neo Rauch, 2003

Is she knitting?  I don't see the other needle,  but let's just assume that she is.

Finally, I'll leave you with this, just because I liked it:

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Planks (Bretter), David Schnell, 2005

 

Very cool photos. Do you happen to remember what knitting needles he used for the American Civil War? I do Civil War reenacting and I'm curious. I've always heard steel but I'm just wondering.

Coming out of lurkdom because I love MassMOCA, even though I've only been there once. The museum itself is such a fantastic space.
I don't think there was quite as much knitting when I went, but it was a long time ago & before I started knitting.
Is it possible the woman in the painting is crocheting? (I don't know if that's what the act of crochet looks like...)

I love it there. Storey publishing is in the complex and when the knitting machine was up and running I think that every single person who works there phoned me!

 

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