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Anish Kapoor, Body to Body, 1997 (detail), Wool and fiberglass. 115 x 58 x 9 ½ inches Installation view of Simply Red at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 2007.
Anish Kapoor, Body to Body, 1997 (detail), Wool and fiberglass. 115 x 58 x 9 ½ inches
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Installation view of Simply Red at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 2007.
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Simply Red

April 7, 2007–May 19, 2007

Opening Reception:
Friday, 13 April 2007, 6–8 p.m.

Performance and Reception:
Lecture: "Collecting Modern Design for the Philadelphia Museum of Art" by Kathy Hiesinger, Curator, PMA, and Donna Corbin, Associate Curator, PMA. Friday, 13 April 2007, 6 p.m.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to present Simply Red, an exhibition that explores the expressive effects a single design element—color—can have in contemporary art and design. Simply Red draws from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and is curated by Donna Corbin, Associate Curator, PMA, in consultation with Marion Boulton Stroud, Founding/Artistic Director, FWM, and Kathy Hiesinger, Curator, PMA. On Friday, 13 April, join us at 5 p.m. for a members-only tour of the exhibition with the curator, Donna Corbin, followed by a lecture at 6 p.m.: "Collecting Modern Design for The Philadelphia Museum of Art" by Kathy Hiesinger and Donna Corbin. Simply Red is on view through 28 April 2007 at 1315 Cherry Street.

Red is a color with strong and varied cultural associations and design implications. In Simply Red, the work on view shares a color, but otherwise represents a full spectrum of artistic and design choices. It includes work by key contemporary artists and designers such as Dale Chihuly, Joe Colombo, Renée Green, Anish Kapoor, Glenn Ligon, Donald Lipski, Jorge Pardo, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Robert Venturi, and Yukinori Yanagi. Red is typically very visually potent, however, amassing so many red objects in one space can, after a while, cause the color to recede from the eye and let other design elements, which it would normally overshadow, emerge. Simply Red, which takes place in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia, an annual Philadelphia design festival, allows the viewer to focus on these visual differences and see more than just red.

About the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Collab The Philadelphia Museum of Art stands as one of the great art institutions of the world. In the over 125 years since its founding, it has grown far beyond the limits originally set for it. Today, the PMA houses over 225,000 works of art encompassing some of the greatest achievements of human creativity, and offers a wealth of exhibitions and educational programs for a public of all ages. The Museum's collections of modern and contemporary design are supported by Collab, a volunteer committee founded in 1970 dedicated to enriching the PMA's collections with outstanding examples of mass-produced and unique designs, and to making the collections accessible to the general public, students, and the design community.