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FWM is pleased to present Bill Viola: The Veiling, on view June 26 through October 6, 2019. The installation will be shown concurrently with a survey of works by the pioneering video artist at the Barnes Foundation, I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola, on view June 30 through September 15, 2019.
The Veiling (1995) is part of a series of video and sound installations that Viola produced for the five rooms of the US Pavilion during the 46th Venice Biennale. Working in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop (as FWM was then known), the artist created a system of parallel fabric veils to function both as sculptural elements and screens to catch the light of multiple projections.
Viola’s studio work as an Artist-in-Residence at FWM dates back to the early 1990s; more recently, The Veiling became part of the Museum’s permanent collection through the bequest of Marion Boulton Stroud. Executive Director Susan Lubowsky Talbott, underscores the importance of this acquisition: “The transcendent experience of The Veiling is enhanced by Viola’s use of layered fabric as a backdrop for the projected images. This important gift expands FWM‘s collection and its two most critical areas of focus—textile and video.”