Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve's

July 24, 2020–January 17, 2021

Samara Golden, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Upstairs at Steve’s (installation detail), 2020. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Upstairs at Steve’s will explore the complexity and implicit contradiction that surrounds a 21st century desire for retreat, both literal and metaphysical. As an Artist-in-Residence, Samara Golden draws on FWM’s institutional expertise in textiles and patterning to investigate how the overlapping of contrasting designs and materials can contribute to a dense—even intense—experience.

Upstairs at Steve’s is an installation stemming from a complete upending of an innocent-seeming outdoor tableau. Set in a seaside dune-like landscape, the installation provokes an immediate and overpowering reaction in the viewer that “something happened here.” Upstairs at Steve’s contains a mysterious confluence of colliding narratives involving biography, history, psychology, and natural forces. To achieve this ominous sensation, Golden will strategically place mirrors on the floor and ceiling, distorting perspective and prompting us to question what is real and what is illusion.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Eighth Floor

Artists in This Exhibition

About the Artist

American, born 1973, lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Samara Golden graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1995 and received her MFA from Columbia University in 2009. Golden has had solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; YBCA, San Francisco; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and CANADA, New York. Her work was included in the 2014 Hammer Biennial, and Room to Live at MOCA Los Angeles. Golden’s most recent project, “The Meat Grinder’s Iron Clothes,” was featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. A monograph was published in conjunction with her exhibition at MoMA PS1, and her work has been included in Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Mousse, among other publications. Golden’s work is in the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum, New York; LACMA and MOCA, Los Angeles; The Zabludowicz Collection, London; and The Yuz Museum, Shanghai.


Support for Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve’s is provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Maja Paumgarten and John Parker, Canada, and Budmen Industries.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art 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.