January 17, 2014

FWM Spring/Summer 2014 Preview


FWM Spring/Summer 2014 Preview

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Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Friday, December 13, 2013 – Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents new work by Artist-in-Residence Sarah Sze in her first solo exhibition in the Philadelphia area.

Sarah Sze in conversation with Hal Foster and Carlos Basualdo

 Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Sarah Sze in conversation with Hal Foster, and Carlos Basualdo
Catalogue Launch with Book Signing

Artist-in-residence Sarah Sze will speak about her work in conversation with Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University Hal Foster, and Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Carlos Basualdo, followed by a Q&A session.After the lecture, Sarah Sze will sign copies of the book published on occasion of this exhibition.
Sarah Sze
 received her BA from Yale University in 1991 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1997. Solo presentations of her works have been staged at White Columns, New York (1997); the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1998); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1999); the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2001); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002); the Whitney Museum of American Art (2003); and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2009). In 2013, she represented the United States in the 55th International Venice Biennale with her exhibition, Sarah Sze: Triple Point. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1 (1998); Manifesta 2 (1998); the 1999 Carnegie International; the 48th International Venice Biennale (1999); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005); The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2005); the 5th Liverpool Biennial (2008); the 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009); and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010). Her numerous accolades include the 1997 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award; the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 1999; a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2003; 2005 Radcliffe Institute Fellowship; the 2012 American Federation of the Arts Cultural Leadership Award; and a 2012 AICA Award for Best Public Project in a Public Space for her installation Sarah Sze, Still Life with Landscape at (Model for a Habitat) at The High Line in New York. Her art is held in the permanent collections of major museums around the world, and she is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York and Victoria Miro Gallery in London.
Hal Foster, Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art and Archaeology, came to Princeton in 1997. He teaches lecture and seminar courses in modernist and contemporary art and theory; he also directs the graduate proseminar in methodology. In addition, Foster is a faculty member of the School of Architecture and an associate member of the Department of German; he also works with the programs of Media and Modernity and European Cultural Studies. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foster continues to write regularly for October (which he co-edits), Artforum, and The London Review of Books. Excerpt from: http://www.princeton.edu/artandarchaeology/faculty/hfoster/
Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Curator at Large at MAXXI- Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome, Italy. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he currently oversees the Museum's modern and contemporary collection while also developing temporary exhibitions. In 2006, he initiated two exhibition series at the Museum called Notations  and Live Cinema, both of which are devoted to the permanent collection and video. He was the lead organizer of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens that represented the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2010 he organized a survey exhibition of the work of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MAXXI, where it traveled in the spring of 2011. He recently worked on Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp, which opened in Philadelphia in October of 2012 and will traveled to the Barbican Gallery in the Winter of 2013. He was part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale and conceived and curated Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005), as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007). Basualdo has written extensively for scholarly journals and art publications, including Artforum, ArtNews, The Art Journal, The Art Newspaper, Moscow Art Magazine, Flash Art, NKA, Journal of Contemporary African Art, Atlantica, and Art Nexis.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Space Walk, 2002

The New Temporary Contemporary (1222 Arch)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014–Early Spring 2014

During his residency at FWM, Yinka Shonibare MBE (b. 1962) had the freedom to create custom print designs for the textiles that would clothe figures in an installation. Titled Space Walk, the installation ventured into the new frontier of American exploration—space.

Dr. John L. Tancock: Duchamp and China
Friday, February 7, 2014–Lecture begins at 6:30 pm


Tancock is a former curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1967-72) and senior vice president of Sotheby’s (1972-2008). He is presently advisor to Chambers Fine Art, New York and Beijing, and a freelance curator. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the development of contemporary Chinese art. Duchamp and China explores the influence of Marcel Duchamp on contemporary Chinese art from the 1980s until the present day. The lecture adds a new dimension to our understanding of Duchamp’s role as the most influential artist of the twentieth century.

Photographing Philadelphia

Solo Exhibitions of work by Will Brown and Abelardo Morell

Friday, May 2, 2014–Late Summer 2014

Abelardo Morell (born in Havana, Cuba in 1948)
For this FWM exhibition, Abelardo Morell’s interest is to create pictures in Philadelphia Museums that draw from artworks in their collection.
This work will be part of his ongoing series Photographing in Museums.” As Morell describes: a number of years ago, I was an artist-in-residence at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. There, I was free to walk, meditate and slowly choose what interested me about the space to photograph. The experience was exciting, as the challenge of transforming existing objects of art into something else intrigued me since earlier work I did with books where I played with photographing art reproductions on the printed page. One of the pleasures of working in museums the way I do lies in how I can become a sort of ad hoc curator. I get to organize installations of art to suggest a sisterhood among pieces that is based on my own visual hunger. I like to play in museums.Excerpt from http://www.abelardomorell.net/posts/pictures-in-pictures/ 
Will Brown (lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Montville, Maine)
Will Brown's work stands within a long tradition of street photography as practiced by Eugene Atget; Walker Evans; and Brown’s own mentor, life-long friend, and collaborator, Rudy Burckhardt. Independent of implied narrative, his photographs stand as discrete, momentary records of a time when the fabric of many American cities was imperiled.
Brown lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Montville, Maine. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA, 1967). Brown’s photographs were featured in Common Ground, Eight Philadelphia Photographers of the 1960s and 1970s (2009) and 35mm: Photographs from the Collection (2012), both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image at the James A. Michener Museum of Art (2012). Brown's works are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and in numerous private collections.

Kazumi Tanaka

Friday, August 1, 2014–Late Fall 2014

Kazumi Tanaka (b. 1962, Osaka, Japan)
The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Kazumi Tanaka 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.

Venturi’s Grandmother: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Knoll, Swid Powell, Alessi,and Patterns and Prototypes for Production (working title)
September 2014–Late Fall 2014 

The installation of this exhibition will be in the summer of 2014, and will be open to the general public, allowing visitors to experience the curatorial process. This “behind-the-scenes” approach is in keeping with the trials, proofs, and prototypes that will be on view along with the furniture, decorative arts, and textiles by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Knoll, Swid Powell, and Alessi.
The design of furniture, decorative arts, and textiles for manufacture occupied a short, but brilliant period in the history of the firm of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, from about 1978 to 1993 during the commercial peak of architect-designed boutique products in the United States and abroad.The exhibition will include trials, proofs, and prototypes made at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Knoll, Swid Powell, Alessi, providing new and interesting insight into founding principal designer Robert Venturi Jr’s (born June 25, 1925 in Philadelphia) working method and the way he collaborated in the processes of production.
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; Amy Stone, Art Ancora; 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; 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.