Cynthia Hopkins: Requiem for Five Deceased Musical Performance Works

October 2, 2015
5:30 pm

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)

Performance Credits:
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

Event Information

October 2, 2015
5:30 pm

Location and Reservations

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
Eighth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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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

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.