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A collaboration with Philadelphia’s Clay Studio, Hard/Cover includes important artworks from past residents Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), Robert Venturi (1925–2018) and Denise Scott Brown, Viola Frey (1933–2004), Toshiko Takaezu (1922–2011), and Betty Woodman (1930–2018), as well as new works by five contemporary artists who have been invited to expand their practice with screenprinting. These artists include Woody De Othello (Oakland, CA), Jane Irish (Philadelphia, PA), Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke (Queens, NY), and Shino Takeda (Brooklyn, NY).
Hard/Cover looks closely at the relationship between time, process, and space in developing an interdisciplinary practice. Framed by celebrated works from past Artists-in-Residence working at FWM in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, as well as tableaus and scenes created by contemporary artists, the exhibition considers how changes in one’s creative practice can open up new pathways of conveying integral ideas. For Frey, Takaezu, and Woodman, their collective shift away from utilitarian function toward aesthetic and emotive properties illustrated tension in a world that did not easily make room for female artists with a material-focused practice. Now, more than three decades later, artists such as De Othello, Irish, Barrow Parke, and Takeda can employ interdisciplinary practices that move between function, pleasure, and critical discourse.
Please join us for the virtual opening of Hard/Cover on Friday, April 9! This evening event will also celebrate Hard/Cover’s sister exhibition, Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand. The opening will feature a virtual tour of Hard/Cover and interviews with Woody De Othello, Jane Irish, Elisabeth Kley, Barrow Parke, and Shino Takeda. FWM members are invited to stay on after the public program for a special Q&A with the artists. Event starts at 6pm ET.