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Cynthia Hopkins, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success).
Photo Credit: Paula Court.
Kazumi Tanaka, Orrery, 2011. Birch plywood, steel, aluminum pipe, thread, Japanese fabric. 68 x 48 x 59 in. A handmade wooden Orrery-a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and heliocentric model of our solar system.
Cynthia Hopkins, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success).
Photo Credit: Paula Court.
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Kazumi Tanaka, Orrery, 2011. Birch plywood, steel, aluminum pipe, thread, Japanese fabric. 68 x 48 x 59 in. A handmade wooden Orrery-a mechanical device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and heliocentric model of our solar system.
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Convergence: Declarations of Independence Lecture Series

September 11, 2013–Artist Talk at 6:30 pm

Opening Reception:
 
Lecture:
Cynthia Hopkins, Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 pm

Upcoming Lecture:
Kazumi Tanaka, Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm


Performance and Reception:
Cynthia Hopkins: Memorabilia September 12, 2015–November 15, 2015

Watch Kazumi Tanaka's Lecture on Youtube Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm
Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion  August 1, 2014–November 9, 2014 

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents 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. This fall, FWM will welcome two artists, Cynthia Hopkins and Kazumi Tanaka.  Hopkins, who will give a performative talk on Wednesday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m., is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and theater artist who writes, composes, sings, and collaborates with designers to create stage sets and costumes. Tanaka, who will speak on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m., is a Japanese-American sculptor who creates trompe l'oeil objects utilizing wood and other organic and found materials and who is based in Beacon, New York.  The Fabric Workshop and Museum will continue to host talks in the Convergence series over the course of the coming months; please check the Museum's website for upcoming event announcements.
 
About the Artists
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.
 
Kazumi Tanaka (b. 1962, Osaka, Japan) graduated from Osaka University in 1985 before relocating to New York in 1987, where she studied sculpture at the New York Studio School (1987 – 1990). Employing both ancient and modern sculpting techniques, Tanaka creates intricate and conceptually complex works that often involve childhood memories of Japan and address cultural differences between Eastern and Western livelihoods. She has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world. Solo exhibitions include presentations at the Kent Gallery between 1995 and 2003; as well as shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1993); Beacon Project Space, Beacon, New York (2002); and Hudson Beach Glass Gallery, Beacon (2011). Tanaka’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, at the Drawing Center, New York (1993); A Labor of Love, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (1996); The Quiet in the Land, at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art (1997); Aldrich Undercover, at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2009-2010); and Salem2Salem, at Neues Museum, Salem, Germany (2012). Most recently her work has been included in the group exhibition Silence, at Masters & Pelavin Gallery, New York (2012). Tanaka has participated in numerous residencies, including at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (1990); the United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Maine (1996); in Salem, Germany (2010, 2012); Art Omi in New York (2013); and will complete an upcoming residency as part of a 2014 Visual Arts Fellowship at the Citivella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. She lives and works in Beacon, New York.