The MFA celebrates the recent gift of more than forty works by Ed Rossbach in “Ed Rossbach Fiber Art from the Daphne Farago Collection.” One of the pioneers in the field of American fiber arts, Ed Rossbach created works in almost every known textile technique during his five-decade-long career. His exuberant approach to making art, free from expectations and rules, came from studying historic textile techniques while a young professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Experimenting with labor-intensive techniques such as Andean discontinuous warp weaving, Native American coiled basketry, European lace, and Indonesian ikat, Rossbach reinterpreted these methods in his own unique two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. This exhibition features about thirty-five Rossbach works from the recent gift of Daphne Farago, displayed alongside examples from the MFA’s historic textile collection to illustrate the diverse sources of inspiration for his innovative fiber work.