International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2014

Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals

Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (USA)

12.12.2014 - 05.04.2015

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Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals, Philadelphia

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2014. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition 12 December 2014 -5 April 2015.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue – Philadelphia, PA 19130 (USA). Opening hours : Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday evenings: Open until 8:45 p.m.



Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said: "This project celebrates a spirit of collaboration on many levels, with two artists, two museums and musical collaborators who will perform as part of the exhibition. Many people had the opportunity to become familiar with the work of Allora & Calzadilla in 2011 when they were selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, and many more will be fascinated as well as delighted by the new directions their work has taken since."

Marion Boulton Stroud, Founder and Artistic Director of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, stated: "Working with our colleagues at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we are proud to bring this exceptional exhibition to our city, a fitting place in which to premiere new work by these creative talents."

Allora& Calzadilla notes, "Intervals revels in the unknowable as essential to human experience. The exhibition bears witness to incomplete presences and resonant remainders. It finds in music a measure and a reckoning with these elusive forces and the abyss that lies between."

PMA will present three films: Apotomē (2013), Raptor's Rapture (2012), and 3 (2013), each of which stems from the artists' research of artifacts and a conceptual reconsideration of human relationships to them. Also presented will be a new sound work, Interludes, in which breaths commonly muted from unmixed vocal recordings will be heard. PMA will also premiere a new choral work composed by Christopher Rountree titled In the Midst of Things, performed by the Philadelphia-based choir The Crossing, and referencing Joseph Hayden's The Creation. In addition, an orchestral performance titled A Concert for Elephants, also composed by Rountree, will revisit the music played to two elephants in 1798, staging an ensemble of 11 musicians in juxtaposition to the film Apotomē.

At FWM, a second installation of Interludes will connect the two venues. Lifespan, a new sculpture and performance work, also performed by The Crossing, will focus on a sample of the earth's mantle estimated to be over four billion years old. The Great Silence, a new, three-channel video installation, focuses on the world's largest radio telescope, located in Esperanza, Puerto Rico, home to the last wild population of an endangered species of parrots. In addition, a sculptural installation titled Intervals, will premiere. Composed of transparent acrylic lecterns that hold fragments of dinosaur bones at heights corresponding to the body of each animal, Intervals will offer a fractured reading of natural history.

E-Flux Press Release

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) and The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) will present Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals, the largest solo exhibition in the United States to date by the Puerto Rico-based collective. Included will be several new and recent projects, ranging from films and sculpture to sound pieces and performances. Since 1995, Jennifer Allora (born in 1974 in Philadelphia) and Guillermo Calzadilla (born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba) have worked in close collaboration on a conceptually rigorous body of work that focuses upon the intersections of history, material culture, and politics through a wide variety of media.

Allora & Calzadilla, Raptor's Rapture (still), 2012. Single channel video projection with sound, 23:30 minutes.

The Fabric Worskhop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street – Philadelphia, PA 19107 (USA). Tel. : +1 215 561 8888. Opening hours : Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm. Saturdays and Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm. Free admission.