April 26, 2012

Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham

Sculptural Installation Explores Visual Art and Theatrics

Scheduled for December 2012
Made possible by the generous support by
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is pleased to announce the participation of multidisciplinary artist Daniel Arsham in the Museum’s renowned Artist-in-Residence Program, thanks to the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge is a $9 million initiative funding innovative projects that encourage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities. At FWM, Arsham plans to explore the boundaries of museum and theatrical spaces by creating an interactive, sculptural intervention within the Museum’s architecture. Arsham’s collaboration with FWM will culminate in an exhibition—slated to open December 2012—and live performance choreographed by frequent collaborator Jonah Bokaer. This work—in which the dancers, the audience, and the sculptures will engage with each other to each become performers—will premiere exclusively at FWM and will mark the first occasion their work has been staged for Philadelphia audiences.
 
“In the arts today, audiences are demanding to be more engaged. Arsham’s work will do that by pushing the definitions of the visual and performing arts, bringing the audience into both the sculptures and performance," said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation's Vice President/Arts.
 
Connecting the lines between art, architecture, dance, and theater, Daniel Arsham mines everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Arsham is known for subverting existing architectural structures in unconventional, playful ways: façades appear to billow in the wind, figures seem wrapped beneath the wall’s surface. His cross-disciplinary practice, historical inquiry, and satirical wit combine into an ongoing interrogation of the real and the imagined.
 
Arsham’s residency will push the definitions of the visual and performing arts in the spirit of experimentation that has driven FWM programming for the past 35 years. The Museum’s internationally-acclaimed Artist-in-Residence Program hosts emerging and established regional, national, and international contemporary artists who have a demonstrated commitment to innovation and exploration. Working collaboratively with FWM's staff of printers and technicians, artists are introduced to new techniques, materials, and resources, and are thus able to realize projects that would not otherwise be possible. For Daniel Arsham, his prior works for stage design, including those created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2007-2011, are typically limited in scale and material to move easily between theaters. During his residency with FWM, Arsham will develop a more complex, interactive space and explore new materials and media. The resulting exhibition, performance, and educational programming aims to encourage sustained, meaningful interaction between Philadelphia’s dance, theater, and visual art communities.
 
About the Artist
Daniel Arsham (b.1980 Cleveland, Ohio) graduated from Cooper Union and received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. In 2004, he participated in the group show Miami Nice at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, which began representing Arsham in 2005. As one of the founders of the seminal Miami artist-run space The House, his interest in multi-disciplinary artist collaborations began early. Legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham asked Arsham to create the stage design for his work eyeSpace in 2007. Following this project, Arsham began designing for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for performances in Australia, France, and multiple locations in the United States. In 2011, Arsham created the set for the final three performances of Cunningham's legacy tour at the Park Avenue Armory. Despite never being trained in stage design, he has continued this practice, collaborating with Robert Wilson as well as Jonah Bokaer, a former Cunningham dancer. Arsham’s ongoing work with Bokaer includes REPLICA, which has been performed at such esteemed venues as The New Museum in New York; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno in Valencia, Spain, and The Hellenic Festival in Athens, Greece. His most recent collaboration with Bokaer, titled RECESS, had its world premiere at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in 2011. Arsham and Bokaer will present a new collaboration with David Hallberg at Le Festival d'Avignon in France in July 2012, followed by another premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in August. To further explore the possibilities of spatial manipulation, Arsham founded Snarkitecture in 2007 with partner Alex Mustonen to operate in territories between the disciplines of art and architecture. Their imaginative practice recently won the commission to create two large public artworks for Miami’s new Florida Marlins ballpark, which opened in April 2012.
 
About the Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.
 
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, 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, 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, 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.
 
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