ANNUAL ALUMNI EXHIBITION
June 8 – August 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8
Featuring recent works by Moore alumni, the selections on view in this year’s exhibition represent a variety of degree programs including Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography & Digital Arts and Textile Design, among others. Showcasing a wide variety of materials and skill sets, this presentation includes artworks in all mediums. This year's exhibition is juried by Emily Zilber, an independent curator and consultant focused on contemporary art, craft, and design. From 2010-2018, Zilber was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and she currently sits on the boards of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston and Craft Now Philadelphia, and on the Board of Advisors of the North Bennet Street School.
MFA IN PROGRESS
June 8 – July 20, 2019
This exhibition is the first opportunity for the public to see works by candidates in Moore's MFA program. After completing their first year of rigorous coursework in material research, the candidates have been exposed to a wide range of making while immersing themselves in the city’s cultural offerings and simultaneously, seminars in art history and ethics have posed questions and provided context for their explorations moving forward. Featuring work by Sara Kleinert & Chelsey Webber-Brandis.
GARY SMITH: PICK UP STICKS
June 15 – August 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 5-8 PM
Artist Gary Smith creates abstract objects out of found and recycled materials—such as old barn joists and repurposed construction debris—and combines them with natural wood harvested from his five acre property in rural Chester County. Smith shapes the wood, burns the wood, seals it, cuts into it with common tools and seals it again and again to preserve it. This juxtaposition of otherwise ordinary mediums are displayed in unexpected compositions that bring new life to formerly discarded and forgotten fragments. This exhibition presents new and recent works created over the course of nearly twenty years, while also paying homage to Smith’s career as chief preparator in The Galleries at Moore from 1987 – 2012.
August 3 – September 21, 2019
Closing Reception & Talk: Thursday, September 12, 5-8 PM
A curated archive of Woolard's past works, this exhibition provides viewers an introduction to the artist's processes around creating dialogue through interaction. 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.
ULRIKE MÜLLER, WITH COMPLEMENTS
September 28 – December 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 27, 5-8 PM
Curator Mia Locks organizes a two-part exhibition that includes a solo presentation of work by artist Ulrike Müller (b. 1971, Austria) alongside a group show that takes Müller's practice as a point of departure. Approaching painting without restricting herself to brush and canvas, Müller employs a range of materials, techniques and image formats including drawing, enamel on steel, collage, monotype and woven wool rugs. The group exhibition is organized around compositional strategies and methods of decision making, rather than around a shared subject matter or theme, opening up new possibilities for reading artworks together that might not seem immediately connected. Through this exploratory project, Locks emphasizes how the process of thinking about Müller's work has shaped her own curatorial methods in conceptualizing the group show—which includes work by artists Martin Beck, Medrie MacPhee, Dona Nelson and Deborah Remington, among others.