Reweaving the Courtyard

  • Ace Hotel New York 20 West 29th Street New York, NY, 10001 United States

Reweaving the Courtyard

An interactive installation by Alberto­Howorth Studio as a continuation of the dialogue set forth by Estudio Escobedo Soliz’s project “Weaving the Courtyard” at MoMA PS1.

After the deinstallation of “Weaving the Courtyard” on August 14th, Alberto­Howorth Studio will help to carry out Escobedo Soliz’s original intent of creating art through a slow artisanal process where the ropes will take on a second life. The ropes will be woven into rugs during a series of events called “Reweaving the Courtyard” which will take place throughout the month of September in coordination with the first New York Textile Month.

This project was born from a conversation about waste in the creative world. “Reweaving the Courtyard” presented a unique opportunity to use weaving as a catalyst to engage different communities in talking about material waste, especially in the art world.

The events will feature a sculptural loom designed to encourage social interaction and community development through weaving. The loom coils around itself, creating an immersive and collaborative weaving experience as one walks through and weaves. Once the weaving is complete, the loom can be disassembled to enable the rug to easily slide off in one continuous piece.

The completed rugs will be donated to organizations committed to bettering their communities through public programming and community development such as Baileys Cafe and LAND Gallery. Other potential recipients could include the Brooklyn Public Library and Public Schools throughout the Brooklyn community. It is important to us that the rugs created by community members will be given to organization which also value sustainability and community development through the arts.

“Reweaving the Courtyard” is the debut project created by Alberto­Howorth Studio and facilitated by Weaving Hand. Alberto­Howorth Studios is a creative partnership between Cynthia Alberto and Tyler Howorth fusing together their backgrounds in textile design, weaving, design, and fabrication. The duo focuses on making site specific installations which reinterprets weaving through different expressions. The sculptural installations highlight participatory­ weaving as an art form heavily relying on community participation. Cynthia is the founder and director of Weaving Hand, she creates woven pieces which highlight traditional weaving practices through the use of nonconventional materials. Tyler the founder of waste cog studios and a graduate of Parsons School of Design.

Estudio Escobedo Soliz was founded in 2011 by Pavel Escobedo Amaral and Andres Soliz Paz and was selected as the winner of this year’s Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1.Their project Weaving the Courtyard takes advantage of the courtyard’s pre­existing architecture to create a canopy of colorful ropes, giving visitors new parameters to view the city surrounding the museum. 

The installation will be on view at the Ace Hotel New York on the 10th of September. Afterwards the "Reweaving the Courtyard" can be visited at the BFDA on appointment only.