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Ruth Reeves

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Ruth Reeves was a textile designer who was an associate and friend to many designers such as Donal Deskey and Henry Varnum Poor. She participated in the first American Designer's Gallery exhibtion in 1929. In 1932 she collaborated on the decoration of Radio City Music Hall and produced carpet designs for the project (an example of her carpet for the Grand Foyer of Radio City Music Hall is in the CHNDM collection 1987-69-1). In 1934 Ruth Reeves studied the native textile and costume production in Guatemala and upon her return to New York produced an exhibtion held in the R.C.A. Building in 1935. Costumes and fabrics brought back from Guatemala and Reeves adaptions of the designs were features of this exhibition. CHNDM has two curtains designed by Reeves and made by Grete Franke. At the same time Reeves produced a popularly priced line of Guatemalan textiles that were sold and promoted by R.H. Macy in New York. Ruth Reeves is was considered the forefront of American Textile designers from the first half of the 20th century.