Lenka Clayton: Object Temporarily Removed

February 10, 2017–July 9, 2017

Process image of typewriter drawing by Lenka Clayton. Photo credit: Tom Little.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum will debut an exhibition by artist Lenka Clayton, whose interdisciplinary work considers, exaggerates, and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.

A selection of the artist’s recent work—including sculpture, video, typewriter drawings, and work from An Artist Residency in Motherhood, the international project founded by Clayton—will open to the public on Friday, February 10. FWM will debut Object Temporarily Removed, two new works made during Clayton’s residency at the Museum on Friday, March 17.

Clayton is looking to iconic, historical works of art as the starting point for a new artistic inquiry for her residency at FWM. While in Philadelphia, the artist was intrigued by Constantin Brancusi’s Sculpture for the Blind in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and developed two new works in response. Inspired by the title of this piece, Clayton will be inviting members of the city’s blind community to create their own versions in response to her verbal description of Brancusi’s original.

While conducting research in the PMA’s archives, Clayton found an unanswered letter written to the PMA’s chief curator in 1978 about Sculpture for the Blind, asking the simple yet poignant question of how cultural value is constructed around art and artists. Who and what factors determine that Brancusi’s sculpture is art, while a visually similar work made by an unknown craftsman is not. Clayton has invited international art professionals to individually respond to this unanswered question from their own point of view. Their replies will feature in the artist’s exhibition for the public to explore.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Opening Reception

Friday, March 17, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
7:00 pm: Artist Talk by Lenka Clayton

Artists in This Exhibition

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About the Artist

Lenka Clayton (British-American, born 1977)

Lenka Clayton received an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film & Television School in 2006, UK and a BA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London in 1999. Her work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; FRAC Le Plateau, Paris; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria; and the Iran International Documentary Festival. Clayton is collaborating with artist Jon Rubin on a major project, …circle through New York, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York to debut in March 2017. In 2012, Clayton founded An Artist Residency in Motherhood. In 2008 she was awarded the Theodore Randall International Chair at Alfred University in New York. Her awards include a Creative Development Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and a Carol R. Brown Award for Creative Achievement.


Lenka Clayton: Object Temporarily Removed is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Arcadia Foundation.

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.