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An ethnography of a creative career in the arts . . .

Gloria Ross (1923-1998) described her work as the translation of paint into wool. This remarkable book, written by textile scholar Ann Lane Hedlund, features Ross\'s decades-long collaboration with twenty-eight acclaimed modernist painters and sculptors, including Helen Frankenthaler (Ross’s sister), Kenneth Noland, and Louise Nevelson, and with several dozen traditional-yet-innovative weavers in New York, France, Scotland, and the Southwestern United States.

Heard Museum lectures continue . . .

March 20, 2011

For more about the Heard Museum’s March 2011 programs about modern Navajo weaving in celebration of the exhibition, A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late 20th Century, click here: GFR Tapestry Program’s website. Ann Hedlund’s lecture, “As the World Turns: Navajo Weaving Joins the Art World,” on Sunday, March 27 at 2 pm in Phoenix, Arizona, will include commentary on the interactions between Gloria Ross, Kenneth Noland, Ramona Sakiestewa, and  Navajo weavers Mary Lee Begay, Irene Clark, Sadie Curtis, Rose Owens, and Martha Terry.

NYC lecture at Kahan Fine Arts

February 15, 2011

You are invited to a presentation and gallery tour

“GLORIA F. ROSS & MODERN TAPESTRY: Evolution of an Arts Career”

Jane Kahan Fine Arts, 330 East 59th Street, New York City

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6 – 8 pm

This Thursday evening, February 17, Ann Lane Hedlund, textile scholar and anthropologist, will present an illustrated talk about Gloria F. Ross’s career to introduce her new book, Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry (Yale University Press 2010). Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke Club of New York, the talk takes place at the new exhibition space of Jane Kahan Fine Arts in midtown Manhattan, where woven works orchestrated by Gloria F. Ross are on display until March 25. The presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the tapestries, book signing and wine reception. You can learn more about Jane Kahan Gallery and its new Fine Arts annex here: For more about Hedlund’s new book, visit

Where: Jane Kahan Fine Arts, 330 East 59th Street, fourth floor (south side of 59th St. between 1st & 2nd Avenues; with construction in front, just under bridge and tramway), New York, NY
When: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6-8 pm
Cost: $20 members, $10 young alumna members, $30 non-members
RSVP: Visit and purchase a ticket using PayPal
Questions: Contact Arina Shulga at or (646) 413-5757.

Tapestries coming to NYC gallery!

January 17, 2011

GLORIA F. ROSS: REBIRTH OF MODERN TAPESTRY will run at Jane Kahan Fine Art, 330 East 59th St., from 15 February through 25 March 2011. Special hours for this show are Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Jane Kahan Fine Art is otherwise open by appointment only. The main Jane Kahan Gallery is located at 922 Madison Avenue (73rd Street).

The Jane Kahan Gallery will open its new exhibition space with a show devoted to more than a dozen rare tapestries by American artists, edited by Gloria F. Ross.

To read more about the exhibition and its opening on Friday, February 11, click HERE.

For more about Ann Hedlund’s gallery lecture on Thursday, February 17, click HERE.

Also, save April 15 for a panel discussion in New York, featuring Archie Brennan, Grace Glueck and Ann Hedlund on “Tapestry as Modern Art” at SOFA-NYC – click HERE.

California talks cancelled

January 3, 2011

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of three lectures originally scheduled during January 2011 in California. Please watch for other plans to be posted here on the Home Page and under Events.

    Tucson Weekly reports on new book

    December 15, 2010

    Click here to read a recent article on Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry by Tucson writer Margaret Regan. To see some informal comments about the book, click on Reviews.

    Object of the Month

    December 8, 2010

    During the month of December an unusual Navajo textile woven by Mary Lee Henderson Begay is on display at Arizona State Museum in Tucson. Its story has twists and turns that shed light on the complex nature of collaborative creative work.  Find Out More . . .

    About the cover

    October 22, 2010

    Cover of GFR & Modern TapestrySelecting the perfect cover image from over one hundred possible textiles (and more, if you consider combinations, details and all else) presented some interesting challenges.


    September 26, 2010

    We are pleased to announce the impending publication of Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry by Ann Lane Hedlund, with a foreword by Grace Glueck. The book will become available from Yale University Press on November 8, 2010.

    This website is all about the book–explore these pages for information and watch for more illustrations and discussions to be added. To see a gallery of GFR Tapestries at the GFR Tapestry Program website, click here.

    Thanks for visiting. We look forward to receiving your comments and questions.