Lewis Hine’s Textile Factory
Lewis Wickes Hine
born Oshkosh, Wisconsin; died Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
Young Girl in Textile Factory, 1910
gelatin silver print
Museum purchase, 1971.0010
Hine’s invocation of the monumentality of early 20th-century textile production helps to highlight traits of Schira’s and Hamilton’s works in An Errant Thread. Both artists’ installations emphasize the materiality and tactility inherent in their media: computer-woven Jacquard cloth, for Schira, and Japanese Gampi paper and cheesecloth, for Hamilton. While different in material, Schira’s and Hamilton’s respective works explore the nature of cloth on an architectural scale. Schira’s installation features freely hanging monumental black-and-white woven panels that viewers can experience from multiple perspectives. Hamilton’s installation features large-scale images printed on Japanese Gampi paper and cheesecloth, which create a textural effect emphasizing tactility.
Lauren Miller studies History of Art as a graduate student at the University of Kansas.