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Jan Yoors

Belgian, 1922-1977

CHRONOLOGY

1922

Born Antwerp, Belgium

1934

Leaves parents to travel with a Gypsy Kumpania

1934-1939

Splits time between Gypsies/Rom and his parents

1938-1942

Attends art schools in Antwerp and Brussels

c.1940

Recruited by French Resistance as a Gypsy liaison to smuggle food and arms in Belgium, France, and Holland and people through to Spain

1943

Captured, imprisoned, and condemned to death by Gestapo

1943-1944

Mistakenly released then re-captured in Spain by Franco’s army while dressed as an SS officer accompanying prisoners on escape routes from Belgium to Spain

1944

Released from Spanish concentration camp and joins Belgian forces in UK

1945-1946

Studies international law at the School of African and Oriental Studies, London University

1946

Begins sculpting and weaving

Marries Annebert van Wettum with whom he has corresponded since age 11

1947-1948

Annebert’s childhood friend, Marianne Citroen, joins them in the UK

Late 1940s

First exhibitions in Europe

1950

Settles in New York and sets up studio with a 15-foot vertical loom

1951

Marianne and Annebert join him in New York

1950-1970s

Sculpture, tapestries, and photographs are exhibited throughout the US and Europe

1961

Travels through the Balkans with filmmakers Henry Stock and Luc de Husche

1962, 1965

Selected as the US representative at the International Biennial of Contemporary Tapestries, Lausanne, Switzerland

1963

Only One New York feature length documentary filmed with Pierre Dominique Gaisseau

1965

Only One New York book of his photographs published

1967

The Gypsies memoir published

AIA comission to photograph religious architecture around the world

1971

Crossing: A Journal of Survival and Resistance in World War II published by Simon and Schuster

Travels to Spain, Belgium, Holland and France

1977

Dies in New York

2004

Posthumous publication of The Heroic Present: Life Among the Gypsies

2015

Belgium issues national postage stamp of Yellow Tantra tapestry

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

Jan Yoors: A Retrospective
Baker Museum, Naples, FL

2014

Life Among the Gypsies: The Pre-War Photographs of Jan Yoors (1930-1940)
Anne Frank Center, New York, NY

Jan Yoors Abstractions 1960s-1977: Photographs, Gouaches and Drawings
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, NY

2013

Life Among the Gypsies: The Pre-War Photographs of Jan Yoors 1930-40
Anne Frank Center, New York, NY

2012

Jan Yoors
FeliXart Museum, Drogonbos-Brussels, Belgium

2012

Couleurs Shock
Galerie Chevalier, Paris, France

2010-2011

Jan Yoors: Harlem, c. 1963,
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, NY

Tapestries, Drawings and Photographs from the Estate of Jan Yoors
ReGeneration Gallery, New York, New York

Wandering the World City: Jan Yoors‘ New York Photographs 1960s
Columbia University, New York, New York

2008

Jan Yoors Gypsies 1934-1944
Museum of History and Holocaust, Kansas State University, KS

2007

The Heroic Present: Jan Yoors Photographs
Kenneshaw, Atlanta, GA

2004

Gypsy Photographs by Jan Yoors
Plight of the Roma Conference, School of International Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY

2001

Jan Yoors Tapestries and Photographs
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

2000

Tapestries by Jan Yoors
Icon20 Gallery, New York, NY

1998

Tapestries and Drawings by Jan Yoors
Lizan Tops Gallery, Easthampton, New York

1986

The Gyspies
Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

1975

Jan Yoor’s Fotos
Paule Pia Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

1967

AIA international Congress on Religion (photographs)

Architecture and the Visual Arts, Museum of Modern Art, New York
traveled to Royal Victoria College, MacGill University, Montreal, Canada

Tapestries and Photographs by Yoors
The Art Museum of The University of Texas, Austin, TX

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014

What Would Mrs. Weber Do? A Founder’s Vision (tapestry)
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2013

Suddenness + Certainty (tapestry)
Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

2011

Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2009

La France de Profil
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, NY

2005

Belgian Photography: The Survey Show
FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

Connecticut Collects (drawings)
Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT

1996

Contemporary Tapestry Biennial
The State Academy of Art and Design, St. Petersburg, Russia

1972

Modern Tapestries by Calder, Miro, and Jan Yoors
Gallery Gemini, Palm Beach, Florida

1964

Represents US at International Biennial of Tapestry
Lausanne, Switzerland

1962

Represents US at the first International Biennial of Tapestry
Lausanne, Switzerland

1960

The Arts of Belgium: 1920-1960
Park Bernet Gallery, New York, NY

1957

Wall Hangings and Rugs
Museum of Contemporary Craft, New York, NY

1956

An Exhibition of Twentieth Century Tapestries
Two-person show with Jean van Noten, Montclair Museum of Art, NJ
Traveled to Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA

1953

Architectural Tapestries
National Design Center, New York, NY

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2012

Servellon, Sergio; Falino, Jeannine; and Janssen, Elsje. Jan Yoors. Exhibition catalog. Brussels: FeliXart Museum with Pandora Publishers

2011

Falino, Jeannine. Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design. Exhibition catalog (cover). New York: Harry N. Abrams

2005

Ruys, Christoph. Belgische fotografen 1840-2005. Exhibition catalog. Antwerp: FotoMuseum Antwerp

2004

Yoors, Jan and Hancock, Ian. The Heroic Present. New York: Monacelli Press

1974

Yoors, Jan (text) and Lopez, Andre (photographs). The Gypsies of Spain. New York: Macmillan Publishers

1971

Yoors, Jan. Crossing: A Journal of Survival and Resistance in World War II. New York: Simon & Schuster. Reissued 1988. Published in four languages

1967

Yoors, Jan. The Gypsies. New York: Simon & Schuster. Reissued 1987. Published in ten languages. New York Times best-seller list.

1965

Samuels, Charles (text) and Yoors, Jan (photographs). Only One New York. New York: Simon & Schuster

de Heush, Luc (text) and Yoors, Jan (photographs). A la Decouverte des Tziganes. Brussels: Université Libre de Bruxelles

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

FeliXart Museum, Drogenbos-Brussels, Belgium

FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium

Hebert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithica, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Studio Museum of Art, New York, New York

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

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