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Cynthia Hopkins. Photo credit: Paula Court. Must Don
Cynthia Hopkins. Photo credit: Paula Court.
Must Don't Whip 'Um (2007). Photo credit: Paula Court.

Cynthia Hopkins:

Requiem for Five Deceased Musical Performance Works

October 2, 2015–Friday at 5:30 pm

Performance and Reception:
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Eighth Floor Gallery
A Members-Only Performance
To reserve tickets, please click here.
RSVPs for this event are required, even if already a member of FWM. Limited seating is available for the performance. Doors will open at 5:00 pm and Hopkins’ performance will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. A live simulcast of the performance will be screened on FWM’s first floor gallery on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions or further information, please contact reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org.
A public reception will follow Hopkins’ performance from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to celebrate the exhibitions Cynthia Hopkins: Memorabilia and Nate Young: The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated.

FWM artist-in-residence Cynthia Hopkins is known for enthralling audiences with her imaginatively creative and personal performance works. On Friday, October 2, join Hopkins as she premieres a new live performance piece, Requiem for Five Deceased Musical Performance Works, at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Staged within her first museum exhibition, Memorabilia, this musical event will feature Hopkins along with five vocalists, and will function as a formal memorial service for the performances referenced in the works on view.
During her residency at FWM, Hopkins created double-sided, large-scale memorial quilts—constructed from the detritus of her past performance works—that honor the spirit of these ephemeral events and transform them into a physical form of remembrance. Through song and narration, the artist will guide the audience through the memorial quilts on display and, in turn, set the past performances to rest. The event will be a reflective and celebratory experience honoring the lifespan of a performance work.
Hopkins’ past performance works that are the subject of Requiem will be:
Accidental Nostalgia (2005)
Must Don’t Whip ‘Um (2007)
The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success) (2009)
The Truth: A Tragedy (2010)
This Clement World (2012) 
Starring Cynthia Hopkins
Vocalists: Alex Bechtel / Maria Konstantinidis / Martha Stuckey / Jeffrey Sugg / Dito Van Reigersberg
Engineer: Timothy Day
Composer: Cynthia Hopkins
Stage Crew: Aaron Billheimer / Patrick J.F. Smith / Brittany Rafalak
Funding for this performance and related exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arcadia Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).


Cynthia Hopkins (Brooklyn, NY) is an internationally acclaimed musical performance artist. Her multi-media performance works incorporate music, text, video, and theatrical design to create imaginative stories interweaving truth with outlandish fiction. She is best known for “The Accidental Trilogy,” a series of full-length pieces consisting of Accidental Nostalgia, which premiered in 2004 (2005 Bessie Award for Creation); Must Don’t Whip ‘Um in 2007 (2007 Bessie Award for Design); and The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success), which premiered in 2009 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. In addition to her theater work, Hopkins was a founding member of the band Gloria Deluxe, which recorded eight full-length albums while active from 1999 to 2009. The band developed an enthusiastic following for its blend of folk, rock, blues and country music, opening for legendary musicians David Byrne and Patti Smith. In addition to the many Bessie Awards won for “The Accidental Trilogy,” she is the recipient of a 2001 Obie Award, the 2007 Alpert Award in Theater, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award. Hopkins’ work has been presented at venues across the world, including MASS MoCA; On the Boards, Seattle; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Philadelphia Performing Arts Festival; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn; and Les Subsistances, Lyon, France.