Thread Benefit Exhibition | David Zwirner

Thread Benefit Exhibition

David Zwirner is pleased to announce a benefit exhibition in New York to support Thread, a Senegal-based non-profit established by The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. On view at the gallery's 19th Street space, this exhibition will celebrate the project's two-year anniversary and will include artworks generously donated by the artists, the proceeds of which will go directly to Thread. The exhibition will feature work by 26 gallery artists and estates, as well as photographs by artist Giovanni Hänninen depicting Thread and its surroundings. With this fundraiser, Thread will be able to establish an endowment so that it can operate in perpetuity in the region.

Opened in March 2015, Thread is an artists' residency and community center in Sinthian, a village in the southeastern region of Senegal with a population of nearly 1,000. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation initiated the project in an isolated part of sub-Saharan Africa to allow painters, dancers, photographers, and other artists from all over the world, as well as from within Senegal, to pursue their own work while also interacting with the local community.

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Dates
June 27July 21, 2017
Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 27, 6 - 8 PM
Press preview with Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Tuesday, June 27, 5 PM
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, untitled, undated.
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, untitled, undated.
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, untitled, undated.
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, untitled, undated.

Photos: © Giovanni Hänninen for The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

A photograph by Iwan Baan, titled Bassar Dancers Rest, undated.

"You can go anywhere from anywhere."—Anni Albers. Read more about Thread on its second anniversary in The Art Newspaper

Bassari Dancers rest at Thread next to an original print by Anni Albers. Photo: © Iwan Baan.

The Albers Foundation initiated this project in a remote part of West Africa to perpetuate the Alberses' belief that creativity and the pleasures of seeing ably combat hardship and provide hope. Thread—like Black Mountain College, where Anni and Josef both taught—reflects these values which have long been held in Senegal.

Maimouna Kante, photo: Johanna Bramble; Anni Albers, Black Mountain College, 1937, photo: Helen M. Post

A photograph by Johanna Bramble, titled Maimouna Kante, undated.
A photograph of Anni Albers by Helen M. Post, dated 1937.
A photograph of The Thread building in Senegal by Iwan Baan, undated.
A photograph of The Thread building in Senegal by Iwan Baan, undated.

Designed pro-bono by New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect and built by local contractors using vernacular materials such as mud bricks and bamboo, the Thread building combines traditional techniques with innovative functional architecture. Described in The Guardian as "a work of art in itself," Thread received an American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 2017. Read more in Domus magazine.

Photos: © AKTC / Dev TV; © Iwan Baan

Thread offers a sustainable agricultural hub for Sinthian and nearby villages, providing training, fertile land, a water supply (collected from the roof of the building and conserved for the dry season) and a meeting place: stabilizing the economy and deterring migration. The Sinthian Women's Association has eradicated hunger during famine season for its community after just two years of Thread’s operation.

Photo: © Giovanni Hänninen for The Albers Foundation

An untitled photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, undated.
A photograph of paintings by Oumar Ball, dated 2016.
A photograph of Patrick Joel Tatcheda Yonkeu, by unkown, dated 2016.
A photograph of Dana Louis with Ibrahima Ba, by unknown, dated 2016.

The artistic program for Thread is inspired both by Anni Albers's belief in the value of "starting at zero" and Josef Albers's lifelong desire "to open eyes." Since opening in 2015, Thread has hosted over 30 artists from 18 different countries, including 13 from the African continent.

Photos: Paintings by Oumar Ball at Thread; Patrick Joel Tatcheda Yonkeu; Dana Louis with Ibrahima Ba (all 2016).  

Thread posits that art, culture, and architecture should be mutually supportive of agriculture, education, and health. Cultural activities at Thread include art workshops, music and dance festivals, soccer tournaments, and village gatherings. Thread has helped launch an arts program in the local schools such that students now have weekly courses devoted to their unique cultural practices.

Sinthian women making designs for wood-fired ceramics. Photo: Dana Louis

A photograph of Sinthian women making designs for wood-fired ceramics by Dana Louis, undated.
Installation view of the Thread Benefit Exhibition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the Thread Benefit Exhibition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the Thread Benefit Exhibition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the Thread Benefit Exhibition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
Installation view of the Thread Benefit Exhibition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2017.
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, titled Thread #1, dated 2017.

Giovanni Hanninen

Thread #1, 2017
Inkjet pigment print on paper
27 7/8 x 41 1/2 inches (70.8 x 105.4 cm)
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, titled Thread #3, dated 2017.

Giovanni Hanninen

Thread #3, 2017
Inkjet pigment print on paper
27 7/8 x 41 1/2 inches (70.8 x 105.4 cm)
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, titled Main Square, Sinthian, dated 2017.

Giovanni Hanninen

Main square, Sinthian, 2017
Inkjet pigment print on paper
27 7/8 x 41 1/2 inches (70.8 x 105.4 cm)
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, titled Picker, dated 2017.

Giovanni Hanninen

Picker, 2017
Inkjet pigment print on paper
27 7/8 x 41 1/2 inches (70.8 x 105.4 cm)
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, titled Thread #2, dated 2017.

Giovanni Hanninen

Thread #2, 2017
Inkjet pigment print on paper
27 7/8 x 41 1/2 inches (70.8 x 105.4 cm)
A photograph by Giovanni Hänninen, titled Bricks, Sinthian, dated 2017.

Giovanni Hanninen

Bricks, Sinthian, 2017
Inkjet pigment print on paper
27 7/8 x 41 1/2 inches (70.8 x 105.4 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers, titled Homage to the Square, dated 1956.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, 1956
Oil on Masonite
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
A print by Ad Reinhardt, untitled, dated 1964.

Ad Reinhardt

Untitled, 1964
Screen print and graphite on paper
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
A photograph by Wolfgang Tillmans, titled Freischwimmer 1, dated 2003.

Wolfgang Tillmans

Freischwimmer 1, 2003
Chromogenic print
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
A drawing by Josef Albers, titled Color Study for a Mitered Square (Homage to the Square), undated.

Josef Albers

Color study for a Mitered Square (Homage to the Square), n.d.
Oil and graphite on paper
7 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches (18.1 x 17.1 cm)
A drawing by Al Taylor, titled Greek Tin Can, dated 1994.

Al Taylor

Greek Tin Can, 1994
Pencil, gouache, and correction fluid on paper
31 5/8 x 24 5/8 inches (80.3 x 62.5 cm)
A drawing by Marcel Dzama, titled No! You can't stop the women of the revolution, dated 2017.

Marcel Dzama

No! You can't stop the women of the revolution, 2017
Collage, watercolor, gouache, and graphite on silkscreen
50 x 38 1/4 inches (127 x 97.2 cm)
A drawing by Aline Kominsky-Crumb and R. Crumb, titled What to wear in Post Modern Chaos? A Deep Look at a very serious Problem, dated 2007.

What to wear in Post Modern Chaos? A Deep Look at a very serious Problem, 2007
Ink, glitter, graphite, and acrylic on paper
7 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches (18.1 x 17.1 cm)
A print by Lisa Yuskavage, titled Hippies in Tit Heaven, dated 2015.

Lisa Yuskavage

Hippies in Tit Heaven, 2015
Lithograph in 12 colors
39 5/8 x 34 3/4 inches (100.6 x 88.3 cm)
A drawing by Ruth Asawa, titled Ivy Geranium (PF.566 Two Stems), dated 1990.

Ruth Asawa

Ivy Geranium (PF.566, Two Stems), 1990
Ink on paper
17 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches (44.5 x 57.2 cm)
A print by Bridget Riley, titled After Rajasthan, dated 2013.

Bridget Riley

After Rajasthan, 2013
Screenprint on paper
23 x 36 3/4 inches (58.5 x 93.3 cm)
A print by Carol Bove, untitled, dated 2017.

Carol Bove

Untitled, 2017
Collagraphic monotype
61 1/4 x 42 3/4 inches (155.6 x 108.6 cm)
A drawing by Raymond Pettibon titled No Title (I luyv y'all...), dated 2014.

Raymond Pettibon

No Title (I luyv y'all...), 2014
Ink, graphite, and acrylic on paper
44 x 30 1/4 inches (111.8 x 76.8 cm)
A drawing by R. Crumb, untitled, dated 2002.

R. Crumb

Untitled, 2002
Ink and correction fluid on paper
14 x 11 inches (35.5 x 28 cm)
A drawing by Alice Neel, titled The Stenographer, dated 1930.

Alice Neel

The Stenographer, 1930
Pencil on paper
11 7/8 x 9 inches (30.2 x 22.9 cm)
A lithograph by Toba Khedoori, untitled, dated 2017.

Toba Khedoori

Untitled, 2017
Lithograph on paper
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches (59.7 x 59.7 cm)
A drawing by Anni Albers, titled Design (Black and Brown), dated circa 1980.

Anni Albers

Design (black and brown), c. 1980
Ink, graphite, and correction fluid on paper
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
A drawing by Anni Albers, titled Design (Black and Red), dated circa 1980.

Anni Albers

Design (black and red), c. 1980
Ink, graphite, and correction fluid on paper
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
A painting by Suzan Frecon, titled snaefellsjoekull venetian (study), dated 2017.

Suzan Frecon

snaefellsjoekull venetian (study), 2017
Oil on wood panel
7 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches (20 x 24.8 cm)
A drawing by Tomma Abts, untitled, dated 2017.

Tomma Abts

Untitled, 2017
Acrylic paint and brass rubbing wax on paper in four (4) parts
Each: 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.8 x 21 cm)
An untitled photograph by William Eggleston, circa 1983 to 1986.

William Eggleston

Untitled, c. 1983-1986
Pigment print
20 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches (52.7 x 73 cm)
A photograph by James Welling titled 0472, dated 2017.

James Welling

0472, 2017
33 5/8 x 50 1/2 inches (85.4 x 128.3 cm)
A work on paper by Raoul de Keyser, titled Orval, dated 1987.

Raoul De Keyser

Orval, 1987
Hand-cut linen on paper
15 1/8 x 11 1/4 inches (38.3 x 28.4 cm)
Furniture by Donald Judd, titled Pine Library Stool 42, dated 1980.

Donald Judd

Pine Library Stool 42, designed 1980 (fabricated 2017), 1980-2017
Pine
18 1/4 x 15 x 15 inches (46.4 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Block G, dated 1986.

Luc Tuymans

Block G, 1986
Oil on transparent plastic sheet
23 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches (59.5 x 72.2 cm)
A work on paper by Oscar Murillo, titled exercises 11, dated 2015.

Oscar Murillo

exercises 11, 2015
Oil and oil stick on paper
60 x 40 inches (152.4 x 101.6 cm)
A lithograph by Marlene Dumas, titled Amy- back to, dated 2015.

Marlene Dumas

Amy -Back to, 2015
Lithograph
16 x 18 3/8 inches (40.6 x 46.7 cm)
A lithograph by Neo Rauch, titled Die Feuerschale, dated 2016.

Neo Rauch

Die Feuerschale, 2016
Two-tone ink lithograph
16 5/8 x 12 inches (42 x 30.5 cm)
A collage by Christopher Williams, titled Prototype, dated 2017.

Christopher Williams

Prototype, 2017
Collage (magazine clipping taped to paper)
8 3/4 x 12 1/8 inches (22.2 x 30.8 cm)

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