Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
28 Feb 2002 to 28 Apr 2002
Vito Acconci, Christine Borland, Louise Bourgeois, Roger Brown, Chris Burden, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Robert Colescott, Iran do Espirito Santo, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Renée Green, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Richard Haas, Ann Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Jim Hodges, Narelle Jubelin, Anish Kapoor, Mike Kelley, Roy Lichtenstein, Glenn Ligon, Tristin Lowe, Virgil Marti, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Tim Rollins + K.O.S., Richard Tuttle, Robert Venturi, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems, Rachel Whiteread, William Wiley, Yukinori Yanagi
This major exhibition presented work by over 30 international artists who had collaborated with The Fabric Workshop and Museum since the late 1970s. Incorporating sculpture, print, installation and digital media, the works in the exhibition represented the artists’ explorations into the diverse potential of fabric, along with other materials. The core selection of works was first shown at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Geneva from March to May 2001, reflecting the range and strength of the works created as well as the development of The Fabric Workshop and Museum over its 25 year history. The works addressed issues including cross-cultural relations, politics, power structures, identity and history. For the exhibition at the MCA two Australian artists were included, Maria Fernanda Cardoso and Narelle Jubelin, and a resource room was created to provide visitors with a broader context of the artists’ practice.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum is Philadelphia’s largest institution dedicated to the creation and preservation of contemporary art. It provides artists with the opportunity to experiment in a medium usually associated with industry or craft, and is dedicated to introducing artists to the artistic potential of fabric. The Fabric Workshop and Museum does not just provide residency, fees and space for the creation of work, but actively engages creatively with the artist. The resulting works, therefore, are considered collaborations and a two-way exchange of expertise and experimentation.