January 15, 2013

Theaster Gate - Soul Manufacturing Corporation

Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation—

To Make the Thing that Makes the Things

January 21 – Spring 2013


Workshops Opening and Artist Talk: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10 am

at FWM’s The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street

Artists’ Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday Noon to 5 pm
Open to the public daily, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 pm
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Opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, 2013, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation—To Make the Thing that Makes the Things at FWM’s The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street in Philadelphia. Gates’ Soul Manufacturing Corporation is in its second year of exploring and creating relationships among on-site makers, local & international artists, apprentices, and students. This multi-disciplinary project of making comes to FWM following its installation at Locust Projects (Miami, FL), which was presented during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.
"Soul Manufacturing Corporation is a learning corporation that intentionally makes space for the imaginations of its creative team to be the driving force of intelligible design, locally produced objects and decided reflections on the distribution mechanisms of the design industry. Partnering with small businesses and individual artists and designers from all over the world, Soul Manufacturing Corporation wants to ensure great design in places where design is often an afterthought."  - Theaster Gates
Gates brings Soul Manufacturing Corporation to FWM where he will create a “thing-making” facility and gathering place for Greater Philadelphia’s artists, local and international makers to work with Soul Manufacturing’s core team to produce clay-, wood-, and textile-based objects. This project is in keeping with FWM’s commitment to the collaborative creative process in an open cultural climate, to enable the finest artists today to work with new materials and new media. In partnership with Art Sanctuary, a group of local and highly-motivated young people will apprentice with the makers, learning new skills through this collaborative production process.
About the Artist
Artist Theaster Gates (b. 1973), has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. Theaster Gates received his B.S. from Iowa State University in 1996 in Urban Planning and Ceramics; a M.A. from University of Cape Town in 1998 in Fine Arts and Religious Studies; and in 2006, a M.S. from Iowa State University in Urban Planning, Ceramics, and Religious Studies. A 2011 Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gates has received awards from the Joyce Foundation, Chicago (2009) and the Graham Foundation, Chicago (2011). In 2012, he received the Artist Innovator of the Year Award, Wall Street Journal, New York; the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, the New School, New York; the Creative Capital Visual Arts Grant, Creative Capital, New York; and became a Unites States Artists Kippy Fellow. Gates was chosen as the 2012 commissioned artist for The Armory Show, New York.
He has performed and exhibited at the 2010 Whitney Biennial; the Milwaukee Art Museum; Brunno David Gallery and Pulitzer Museum of Art in St. Louis; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; and White Cube, London. His critically acclaimed installation 12 Ballads for Huguenot House was featured in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany (2012). Soul Manufacturing Corporation was exhibited at Locust Projects, Miami in 2012. Theaster Gates is represented by Kavi Gupta in Chicago and White Cube in London. He lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation—To Make the Thing that Makes the Things project is supported in part through Art Sanctuary, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Also on View
Daniel Arsham: Reach Ruin, until Mid-March, 2013
Daniel Arsham X Jonah Bokaer: Study for Occupant, until Mid-March, 2013
These exhibitions and performances were made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Additional support from LLWW, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
Upcoming exhibition, artist talk by Tacita Dean, and musical performance by Sō PERCUSSION at FWM
Tacita Dean: Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS…(six performances, six films), 2008
Saturday, February 2, opening and artist talk by Tacita Dean; Reception 6:00-8:00 pm. February 2-March 17, 2013
Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 pm, FWM musical performance by Brooklyn-based, modern percussion ensemble
Sō Percussion, whose work is inspired by the compositions and music of John Cage and Steve Reich.
Upcoming exhibition and artist talk at Arcadia University Art Gallery
Opening, Thursday, February 7, Arcadia University Art Gallery presents JG, a new film project by Tacita Dean commissioned by Arcadia University Art Gallery with funding from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The evening will be begin with a lecture by Dean in the Great Hall of the University Commons at 6:30 pm. February 7-April 21, 2013
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is the only museum of its kind, offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. Artists come from all media—including sculpture, installation, video, painting, ceramics, and architecture—and use FWM’s facilities and technical expertise to create works of art that they could not create on their own. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on-site in studios that are open to the public, providing visitors with the opportunity to see works of art from conception to completion. FWM’s permanent collections include not only complete works of art, but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work. Access to the creative process provides visitors with a point of entry into understanding challenging works of contemporary art. FWM offers an unparalleled experience to those young and old, including the most significant artists of our time, students, and the general public.
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arcadia Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, Claneil Foundation, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, The Honickman Foundation, Independence Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, Knight Foundation, LEF Foundation, LLWW Foundation, Longwood Plantation Foundation, Inc., Louis N. Cassett Foundation, Mondriaan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New Millennium Charitable Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Nimoy Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, PNC Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service, The Quaker Chemical Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Individual Trustee Discretionary Grant, of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Uplands Family Foundation, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors, at michele@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org, or 215.561.8888.