Closing Reception & Talk: Thursday, September 12, 5-8 PM
Imagine you walk into a meeting room, sit down, and rather than getting out your laptop, iPad or notebook, you pick up a group of wood and glass spheres and start rolling them across the table to signal who is speaking, who is not, and for how long. Visual artist Caroline Woolard explores these ideas in a new exhibition that addresses collaborative dialog amidst the inevitable antagonisms of group work. The exhibition also features a curated archive of Woolard’s past work, including the correspondence, sketches, budgets, and technical drawings required to create collaborative, multi-year, public initiatives using both online networks and sculptural environments. Viewers will experience Woolard’s “politics of transparency” with open source web 2.0 technology as well as the administrative work required to produce immersive installations and artist-run institutions.
Focused on improving communication and group dynamics, the artist creates objects that are meant to be handled, used and shared in order to facilitate a better understanding of interpersonal skills like listening, attention, and communication—her goal is to celebrate collective capacities for care and respectful debate. Caroline Woolard is the first recipient of the Jane and David Walentas Endowed Fellowship, a prestigious award that underscores Moore’s ongoing commitment to social engagement by offering opportunities to thoughtful artists who bring their vision for the future of cultural production to the Moore community and the larger artistic community of Philadelphia.