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Jorge Pardo, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1999. Reception desk, video cabinet, lamps, and silkscreen printed pigment on linen and Swiss cotton. Photo credit: Will Brown. Jorge Pardo, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1999. Silkscreen printed pigment on linen and Swiss cotton. Photo credit: Will Brown. Jorge Pardo, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Curtain (installation view), 2001. Silkscreen pigment on sheer Swiss cotton, and aluminum track. Installation at Dia Center for the Arts, New York. 8000 x 96 inches (20,320 x 243.84 cm). Courtesy of Dia Center for the Arts. Photo credit: Oren Slor.
Jorge Pardo, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1999. Reception desk, video cabinet, lamps, and silkscreen printed pigment on linen and Swiss cotton. Photo credit: Will Brown.
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Jorge Pardo, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1999. Silkscreen printed pigment on linen and Swiss cotton. Photo credit: Will Brown.
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Jorge Pardo, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Curtain (installation view), 2001. Silkscreen pigment on sheer Swiss cotton, and aluminum track. Installation at Dia Center for the Arts, New York. 8000 x 96 inches (20,320 x 243.84 cm). Courtesy of Dia Center for the Arts. Photo credit: Oren Slor.
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Jorge Pardo

In 1997, the FWM commissioned Jorge Pardo to redesign the entrance to the museum, including a new reception area and a video lounge/café. Over the course of one year, Pardo radically transformed these public spaces, designing every element of the interior—from the floor to the ceiling and everything in between.

An architectural as well as an artistic under taking, the Untitled project began with Pardo’s design of two fabrics. Inspired by 1950s and 60s-era textile design, these fabrics were printed on linen, cotton sateen, and Swiss cotton, and were made into room dividers, wallpaper, and window curtains. He then designed the usual elements of a museum entrance space—a reception desk, light fixtures, shelving, doorways, and a table for educational pamphlets—as well as upholstered chairs and ottomans, counter tops, and teacups with saucers for the café/video lounge.

Jorge Pardo’s work navigates the territory between art and what is usually identified as architecture or design. The installation may appear at first as pure architecture and interior design, but its limits in this realm are revealed after stepping through one of the unmarked glass doorways leading out of the installation and into other areas of the museum: exposed 2 x 4s and hanging systems provide significant clues that the space occupies a domain beyond architecture.

Pardo returned to the FWM in 2001 to create another 1960s-inspired textile design. Silkscreen printed pigment on sheer Swiss cotton, the fabric was used for Curtain, an art and architectural installation at Dia Center for the Arts.

Bio
American, born Cuba 1963, lives in Los Angeles and Long Island, New York
Jorge Pardo was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1969. He studied art at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (BFA, 1988). Although he had been exhibiting widely in the United States and Europe prior to 1997, his installation that year at the Skulptur Projekte in Münster, Germany, heightened international attention to his work. Entitled Pier, the project highlights the fine line between design and art, functional and sculptural object, that defines so much of Pardo’s work. Major solo exhibitions have been organized by Dia Center for the Arts, New York (2000), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1997). He has completed many commissions and permanent art projects, including: Bar at the Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (2001); 4166 Sea View Lane in Los Angeles (1998); and Reading Room at the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam (1996).