Memorabilia

Memorabilia is an exhibit of five memorial quilts and one requiem in honor of five deceased musical performance works, commissioned by The Fabric Workshop and Museum. In Memorabilia, the materials collected from the detritus of Hopkins’ performance pieces—such as hundreds of pages of hand-written notes the artist scribbled during the process of devising songs, stories, characters, and costumes, as well as fragments of her costumes and props—are “woven” into five double-sided large-scale “quilts” made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, that honor the spirit of these ephemeral events and transform them into a physical form of remembrance. Each piece allows Hopkins to communicate a story about a specific performance piece in fragmented, folkloric form through arranged materials, embroidered lyrics, and hand-drawn diagrams. Hopkins’ Requiem for Five Deceased Musical Performance Works permeates the installation to create a cohesive narrative for the works on display, guiding the audience through the memorial quilts and, in turn, setting the past performances to rest.

Performed by Cynthia Hopkins, accompanied by vocalists Alex Bechtel, Maria Konstantinidis, Martha Stuckey, Jeffrey Sugg, and Dito Van Reigersberg
Designed by Cynthia Hopkins
Premiered September 2015
The Fabric Workshop and Museum

“a profound sense of reverent spiritual gravity.”

– Kristen Gill, Title Magazine

Memorabilia was commissioned by The Fabric Workshop and Museum, under the direction of its founder Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud. The quilts in the exhibit were conceived by Cynthia Hopkins, and crafted by Hopkins in collaboration with the studio staff of the museum, headed by project coordinator Kate Abercrombie. The Requiem was composed and performed by Cynthia Hopkins, accompanied by vocalists Alex Bechtel, Maria Konstantinidis, Martha Stuckey, Jeffrey Sugg, and Dito Van Reigersberg; and recorded and mixed by Timothy Day. In 2016, the Walker Art Center acquired archival copies of the Requiem, along with a bound score featuring images of the memorial quilts, into its permanent collection.