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 Eve Peri  (1897 - 1966)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/New York/Maine      Known for: textile design, collage, crafts

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EVE PERI (1897-1966)

Born in Bangor, Maine, Eve Peri worked predominantly as an abstract fiber collage artist, creating embroidered compositions, wash drawings and paintings.  A modernist who favored rich patterns and organic forms, Peri cut and assembled found textiles gathered from travels around the world.

She lived and worked in New York, Mexico and Philadelphia with extended stays in London, Lisbon, Paris, and Rome. At a very young age, Peri learned embroidery, appliqué, stitching and quiltmaking techniques from her mother and aunts. As an artist working with these skills and as a designer with her second husband, the Columbian painter Alfonso Umana Mendez, she produced hand woven fabrics for interiors, theater and fashion.  Although her visibility was eclipsed in the decades since her death, there is now a renewed interest in her art as a result of  exhibitions at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York.

Selected Museum Collections:
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, The University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD
American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Comfort Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY
The Cooper Union, New York, NY
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
The Women’s Museum, Washington, DC
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Awards:
1951  American Institute of Decorators, 1951 Citation of Merit
1952  Women in Art, Houston, TX

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1937  Delphic Gallery, New York, NY
1942  Tommi Parzinger, New York, NY
1948 Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
1948  Eve Peri: Fabric Forms, Gallery E, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
1950  Eve Peri: Fabric Forms, Hacker Gallery, New York, NY
1952  Everhart Museum, Scranton, OH; Germantown Friends Library, Philadelphia, PA
1956  Watson and Bowler, Chicago, IL; Thelma Tichenor, San Francisco, CA
1963  Pitture di Eve Peri, Galleria Anthea, Rome, Italy
1965  J. Walter Thompson Gallery, New York, NY; 1966
1982  Eve Peri: A Retrospective, Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1991  Eve Peri: A Retrospective in Painting, Collage and Fabric, Comfort Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
1996  Eve Peri, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY;  Eve Peri: A Modernist Spirit, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, The University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
2004  Eve Peri: Fiber Artist, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME

Selected Group Exhibitions:
1937  The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
1939  Contemporary Decorative Art, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
1940  Architectural League, New York, NY
1948  Miscellaneous Textiles, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
1949  An Exhibition for Modern Living, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
1951  Alter Ego: Masks: Their Use and Art, The Cooper Union, New York, NY
1952  Women in Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Hotel el Panama, Panama
1957  Second Invitational Craft Exhibit, Art Center Association Gallery, Louisville, KY
Wall Hangings and Rugs, The Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
1958  Contemporary Wall Hangings, American Federation of Arts Traveling Exhibition Services (traveling exhibition)
1962 Gallerie d’Aubusson, Paris, France; Little Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1963  Little Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1966  Creative Contemporary Embroidery, Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, NY
1995  Collage: Made in America, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1996  Fiber and Form: The Woman’s Legacy, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
Craft in the Machine Age: The History of Twentieth Century American Craft, 1920-1945, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1999  Unrecognized Talent, Lee Findlay, Jr., New York, NY
2000  Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY

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Information courtesy of Patrick Terenchin


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