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Cynthia Hopkins, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success). Photo Credit: Paula Court. This Clement World – a new work by Cynthia Hopkins and her collaborators that premiered in early 2013 at St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Walker Art Center – is a musical performance piece that poetically but urgently addresses our global climate crisis. Photo Credit: Pavel Antonov.
Cynthia Hopkins, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success). Photo Credit: Paula Court.
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This Clement World – a new work by Cynthia Hopkins and her collaborators that premiered in early 2013 at St. Ann’s Warehouse and the Walker Art Center – is a musical performance piece that poetically but urgently addresses our global climate crisis. Photo Credit: Pavel Antonov.
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Cynthia Hopkins

Cynthia Hopkins is an upcoming Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Hopkins spoke at FWM on September 11, 2013 as part of Convergence: Declarations of Independence, a new, ongoing series of public lectures by contemporary artists during their initial site visit to the institution prior to their FWM residency. This series intends to illustrate the various methods of artistic practice to the Philadelphia community by hosting talks that allow the audience access to the evolution of a work of art.
 
 
 
The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Memorabilia, an exhibition of new work by multi-instrumentalist, composer, and theater artist Cynthia Hopkins that memorializes several of the artist’s large-scale, music theater performances, opening Saturday, September 12, 2015. 

Bio

Cynthia Hopkins (Brooklyn, NY) is an internationally acclaimed musical performance artist. Her multi-media performance works incorporate music, text, video, and theatrical design to create imaginative stories interweaving truth with outlandish fiction. She is best known for “The Accidental Trilogy,” a series of full-length pieces consisting of Accidental Nostalgia, which premiered in 2004 (2005 Bessie Award for Creation); Must Don’t Whip ‘Um in 2007 (2007 Bessie Award for Design); and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success), which premiered in 2009 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. In addition to her theater work, Hopkins was a founding member of the band Gloria Deluxe, which recorded eight full-length albums while active from 1999 to 2009. The band developed an enthusiastic following for its blend of folk, rock, blues and country music, opening for legendary musicians David Byrne and Patti Smith. In addition to the many Bessie Awards won for “The Accidental Trilogy,” she is the recipient of a 2001 Obie Award, the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award. Hopkins’ work has been presented at venues across the world, including MASS MoCA; On the Boards, Seattle; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Performing Arts Festival; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn; and Les Subsistances, Lyon, France.