Ted Hallman has been at the vanguard of modern textile design since the late 1950s, when he began to combine natural fibers with acrylic, a relatively new material at the time that had been developed for military use during World War II. The juxtaposition of natural fibrers with the luminous new synthetic material was wholly original at the time. A nearly identical hanging by Hallman was included in the seminal 1969 exhibition Objects USA, which introduced Americans to variety of new designs of the emerging craft movement and helped to bridge the perceived aesthetic gap between so-called craft and fine arts.
- Artist: Ted Hallman, American, born 1933
- Medium: Acrylic, natural fibers, wood, metal
- Place Made: Soudertown, Pennsylvania, United States
- Dates: ca. 1964
- Dimensions: 88 x 48 in. (223.5 x 121.9 cm)
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2004.59
- Credit Line: Gift of the executors of the estate of Clara M. Blum in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Blum, by exchange
- Caption: Ted Hallman (American, born 1933). Room Divider, ca. 1964. Acrylic, natural fibers, wood, metal, 88 x 48 in. (223.5 x 121.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the estate of Clara M. Blum in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Blum, by exchange, 2004.59. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Hand woven vertical rectangular Room Divider composed of brown natural fibers densely interspersed with thin elongated horizontal oval fiberglass abstract wave-like forms in shades of blue, yellow, green, and white. Secured at the bottom with a horizontal wooden member and at the top suspended from a metal rod. According to artist, the wood bar at bottom is not original and that originally had a metal bar as at the top. He describes the acrylic forms as "waves."
- Record Completeness: Meh (36%)