A founder of the pattern and decoration movement, artist Joyce Kozloff blended decorating traditions from around the world to create innovative art that highlighted the history of female artisans.Kozloff earned an MFA from Columbia in 1967 and began researching decorative arts from Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey. She saw recovering and showcasing these traditions as a feminist act, giving folk art done by women of color the same importance as art done by white men. In 1975 she joined with fellow decorative artists to create the pattern and decoration movement, and later that year formed Heresies, a feminist journal for the arts. In 1979 she exhibited An Interior Decorated, incorporating Sumerian carvings, French lace, Turkish brocade, American Indian pottery, rice paper paintings, and a mosaic floor, among its many influences. Over the next twenty years, she created fourteen commissioned works for airports, subways, and other public spaces across America, working with local architects and planners to ensure each piece reflected the local culture. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art, among many others.
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