July 30, 2012

FWM Fall Schedule and Events

An Odyssey: A Narrative of The Fabric Workshop and Museum

22 September—November 2012

Opening Reception
First Friday, 5 October 2012, 6 - 8 p.m.
Members Preview: Gallery talk by guest curator Mark Rosenthal at 5:30 p.m.
As with this exhibition’s namesake—Homer’s epic poem about a voyage home, The Odyssey—the story of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is not linear, and the potential for enchantment arises during the journey. This exhibition presents a selection of work from FWM’s permanent collection that showcases the unique ways Artists-in-Residence have expanded the frontiers of contemporary artistic practice. Some artists have enlivened the concept of home by elevating conventional objects beyond their domestic use through new design. Others artists have embraced a spirit of adventure within their work by exploring an unlimited range of material and possibility by creating immersive installations and live performances.
An Odyssey: A Narrative of The Fabric Workshop and Museum will be on exhibit throughout the Museum’s three floors of exhibition spaces. One gallery will be devoted to Louise Bourgeois 1991/92 project She Lost It. Inspired by the vast size of the print tables in FWM’s studio, Bourgeois decided to make a “scarf” of enormous proportion that would eventually wrap the walls of an exhibition space in much the same way a scarf wraps around a neck. Video of her one-time performance with this work will also be on view. The exhibition will extend to the Museum’s New Temporary Contemporary space (1222 Arch Street), where Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ 1994 text portrait of FWM, which poetically chronicled significant milestones in FWM’s history alongside major cultural or world events.
An Odyssey is curated by Mark Rosenthal, whose recent projects include: the traveling retrospective William Kentridge: 5 Themes, originally organized for SFMOMA and The Norton Museum of Art, as well as Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, which opens 18 September 2012 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Daniel Arsham: Reach Ruin

Sculptural Installation Explores Visual Art and Theatrics

14 December 2012 - Mid-March 2013

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 explores 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 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 create the performance—will premiere exclusively at FWM.
Daniel Arsham has spoken about Hurricane Andrew as the initial inspiration for this project, which he experienced as an adolescent in 1992 while living in Miami. Witnessing the dramatic and destructive power of nature—the unusual and ever intensifying sounds, jarring changes in light, and the fragility of architecture. All of these experiences inform Arsham’s multisensory installation of several new works. 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.

Tacita Dean

FWM will host an installation by Tacita Dean of one of her iconic 16mm film portraits of seminal American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919 – 2009).
About the Artist
Tacita Dean (b. 1965, Canterbury, England. Lives and works in Berlin) studied art at the Falmouth School of Art in England, the Supreme School of Fine Art in Athens, and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In 1998 she was nominated for a Turner Prize and was awarded a DAAD scholarship for Berlin, Germany, in 2000. She has received the following prizes: Aachen Art Prize (2002); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2004); the Sixth Benesse Prize at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2006). Dean also participated in in the Venice Biennale (2003 and 2005), the Bienal de São Paulo (2006 and 2010), and dOCUMENTA (13) (2012).
Her numerous solo exhibitions have included Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2000), Tate Britain, London (2001), MACBA, Barcelona (2001), Dia:Beacon, New York (2007), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007), the Sprengel Museum, Hanover (2009), MUMOK, Vienna (2011), Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London (2011), and the New Museum, New York (2012). Dean’s most recent work FILM (2011) was conceived for the Unilever Series, the Tate Modern’s series of commissions for its Turbine Hall. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Tate Modern, London.
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.