|Please join us at Woodmere Art Museum for a screening of Syd Carpenter: Places of Our Own, this Wednesday, October 11, 2023, beginning at 5 PM. The evening will begin with refreshments on the front porch and a tour of La Cresta. The screening will be held in the Kuch gallery at 6 PM and will be followed by a brief Q&A with Syd Carpenter. The film screening comes upon the coattails of the announcement from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) that it has awarded Woodmere Art Museum with a grant in support of a 2026 Syd Carpenter exhibition. The transformative funding will be pivotal in bringing national attention to this career-spanning retrospective. Details on the 2026 exhibition will be revealed at this film screening. The event is free and open to the public.
Woodmere Art Museum has collaborated with Montreal’s The Stewart Program for Modern Design on the short film entitled Syd Carpenter: Places of Our Own. The video, which features an interview of Philadelphia-based artist Syd Carpenter in her studio, includes footage of her garden, which is a source of her creative inspiration. It also shows Carpenter’s site-specific landscape sculpture at Woodmere Art Museum, La Cresta (2021), created in partnership with her husband, artist Steve Donegan.
Syd Carpenter: Places of Our Own is part of The Stewart Program’s Designed by Women project, which showcases the incredible talent of women designers from 1900 to the present from across the globe. Jeanine Falino, a member of the curatorial team, interviewed Syd Carpenter for the video, which was shot and edited by Jake Gorst, an award-winning filmmaker based in Connecticut. This video has been made possible through the support of The Scotiabank Women Initiative and by grants from Petrucci Family Foundation, Dina Wind Art Foundation, and Jill Bonovitz.