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Curators Mary Anne Friel (left), Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design and former FWM Project Coordinator/Master Printer; Ruth Fine (center), Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Virgil Marti (right), Artist, prepare the layout for Close at Hand: Philadelphia Artists from the Permanent Collection, 2011. The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Photo credit: Peter Barberie /  Michael Friel.
Curators Mary Anne Friel (left), Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design and former FWM Project Coordinator/Master Printer; Ruth Fine (center), Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Virgil Marti (right), Artist, prepare the layout for Close at Hand: Philadelphia Artists from the Permanent Collection, 2011. The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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Photo credit: Peter Barberie /  Michael Friel.
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What it Takes to Collaborate with Mary Anne Friel and Virgil Marti

January 17, 2018–6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Opening Reception:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Free and open to the public
RVSP suggested, walk-ins welcome
 
Click here to register for this event.
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


Hear stories and gain insights into the innovative research, teamwork and experimental methods of production by FWM’s studio staff who collaborate with Artists-in-Residence to create artworks for the permanent collection. Former FWM Master Printers and Project Coordinators Mary Anne Friel and Virgil Marti will share their longtime perspectives on how contemporary art exhibitions are conceived, developed and produced at FWM.

About Mary Anne Friel
Mary Anne Friel is an artist who explores the dynamic interface of nature and culture. She is currently doing fieldwork at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Friel is an Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the Department of Textiles. Prior to joining the RISD faculty she worked at The Fabric Workshop and Museum for twenty-eight years as Master Printer and Project Coordinator and served as West Coast Director in Oakland, CA, 1990-99. She has co-curated the exhibitions Relatively Related: Solo of Xiang Yang, SZ Art Center, Beijing, China; Close at Hand, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Blur: Six Artists/Six Designers in Contemporary Practice at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and Natural Discourse: Artists, Architects, Scientists & Poets in the Garden at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley.
 
About Virgil Marti
Virgil Marti creates hybrid objects and environments informed by a wide range of art-historical and pop-cultural references. Known for inserting high décor into fine art contexts, his installations are rich in humor and shrewd observation. After attending Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 1990, he worked as a Master Printer and Project Coordinator at The Fabric Workshop and Museum from 1990 to 2006. His work has been included in exhibitions including Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (2017); The Jewel Thief at The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2010); La Biennale de Montréal, Canada (2007); Whitney Biennial 2004, New York, NY; and Apocalyptic Wallpaper at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (1997). Selected collaborative projects and solo shows include Matrix 167: Ode to a Hippie at the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (2013); Set Pieces at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2010); and Directions: Virgil Marti/Pae White at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2007). Marti lives and works in Philadelphia and is represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia.
 

Major support for Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joy of Giving Something, Inc., the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Center for Architecture and Design which supported the programming for this exhibition.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

The Coby Foundation, Ltd.National Endowment for the ArtsJoy of Giving Something

Pennsylvania Council on the ArtsThe Philadelphia Cultural Fund