The Fabric Workshop and Museum for the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival

September 16, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival

VENTURI, SCOTT BROWN AND GRANDMOTHER
ON VIEW OCTOBER 9 - 17 | 10AM - 6PM
AT THE FABRIC WORKSHOP AND MUSEUM

PART OF THE 2014 DESIGNPHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL

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The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) recently opened its current exhibition, Venturi, Scott Brown and Grandmother: Patterns for Production. On view through Sunday, November 9, the show illustrates the bold commitment to surface pattern and color that distinguished the designs of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates for textiles, furniture, and decorative arts from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. Both on the walls of the Mt. Airy home shared by architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and at FWM where the Grandmother, Notebook, and Flowers designs were developed, patterns were tested—some floral, some abstract, some combined—the designers skillfully manipulating effects of scale, rhythm, color, and association.

Friday, September 19 at 6:00 pm, FWM will host Learning from Bob and Denise, an evening of influences, reminisces, and a plea for pattern all over. An event powered by PechaKucha, Venturi and Scott Brown’s friends, colleagues, and peers will discuss the couple’s impact and influence on postmodern architecture. This event is free and open to the public.

"Powered by PechaKucha” events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, and are usually held as part of festivals and conferences, but can also act as standalone events. These events include presentations that use the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format. Find out more at PechaKucha.org.

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown with Queen Anne Chair (left), 1979, and Empire Chair (right), 1979. Denise Scott Brown wears the Grandmother dress she designed. Photo credit: Robert Adelman (from Life Magazine).

Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates. Grandmother  (production colorway), 1983. Pigment on cotton sateen. Photo credit: Will Brown.

Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates. Notebook (production colorway), 1982. Pigment on cotton. Photo credit: Will Brown.

Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates. Flowers (prototype colorway), 1979. Pigment on cotton. Photo credit: Will Brown.

Venturi, Scott Brown Residence , Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. View of dining room with stenciled decoration alterations, 1990. Courtesy of The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania by the gift of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Photo credit: Paul Warchol.

Venturi, Scott Brown Residence, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. Courtesy of The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania by the gift of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. Photo credit: Paul Warchol.

Ponte dell Accademia, Venice, Competition for the Biennale di Venezia, 1985. Courtesy of The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania by the gift of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.

Exterior, Showroom, Best Products Company, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 1973-79. Photo credit: Matt Wargo.

 

Venturi, Scott Brown and Grandmother: Patterns for Production was curated by: Claudia Cueto, AIA, CuetoKEARNEYdesign Architects; Kathryn B. Hiesinger, Ph.D., The J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator, European Decorative Arts after 1700, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Marion Boulton Stroud, Founder and Artistic Director, The Fabric Workshop and Museum; and William Whitaker, Curator and Collections Manager, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.

Major funding for this exhibition is provided by the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation with additional funding by the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).

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