Jean Pierre Larochette & Yael Lurie

The history of tapestry in the US in the latter part of the 20th Century owes much of its success, direction, and development to Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie. Both of these accomplished artists had their early development and association with tapestry in other countries. Jean Pierre was born in Argentina, the son of a long line of French Aubusson weavers, and Yael, the daughter of a painter, was brought up in a kibbutz in Israel and trained as a painter and cartonier. Their personal story of meeting while under the patronage of the famous French father of the revival of tapestry in 20 century France, Jean Lurcat, is both romantic and instant. Read the accompanying essay Jean Pierre Larochette & Yael Lurie to learn more about the work included in the exhibition.

Curator’s Biography

Susan Martin Maffei is an internationally known tapestry artist whose background includes art studies at “The Art Students League” in NYC, tapestry training at Les Gobelins in Paris, apprenticeship and studio work at the Scheuer Tapestry Studio, NYC, and conservation of antique textiles at Artweave Gallery, NYC. She has been weaving her work professionally since 1985. She has taught, lectured, and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has work in both public and private collections.