Thread and Space and Light with Fritz Horstman

Friday & Saturday, February 1 and 2, 9 am–3 pm 

course credit available; option for Friday only

Thread and Space and Light is a two-day exploration of space, light, shadows, thread, and other materials, organized to overlap with and draw upon the Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism exhibition (October 2018-March 2019). Led by artist and teacher Fritz Horstman, participants will gain hands-on knowledge and skill with exercises related to the work of Sheila Pepe, Anni Albers and Josef Albers, and Horstman's own work. An ongoing discussion of pedagogical techniques and classroom applicability will run through the sessions. Among other elements, we will explore large group weaving, texture studies, paper folding, shadows, and will make a Light Garden. 

Fritz Horstman has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in recent exhibitions in France, Russia, Japan, Norway, California, Massachusetts and Brooklyn. He has developed and presented workshops and lectures for institutions such as the Dessau Bauhaus, Black Mountain College Museum, Yale University, Museum of Modern Art, Dia: Beacon, deCordova, The Drawing Center, Harvard University, Princeton University, Bennington College, Exploratorium San Francisco, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, Camberwell College of Arts London, and Lebanese American University Beirut, as well as elementary, middle and high schools, and community centers. He is Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, CT. He is currently working on a permanent sculpture commission to be placed in a forest in Norway and will be artist-in-residence at the Bauhaus Dessau in October.

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Inquiries, please contact: Julie Bernson at or 781.259.3649.

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Day-long workshops through the school-year and summer institutes co-sponsored by EDCO Collaborative offer immersive experiences for educators of art and various other disciplines.


What could an immersive and inspiring professional development experience at deCordova do for your department or school?
Half- and full-day programs are designed around your objectives and interests. Great for educators interested in experiential or place-based learning; 2D and 3D art making; and interdisciplinary connections with science, environmental studies, language arts, history, and more. Contact for inquiries and to discuss ideas: Julie Bernson at or 781.259.3649.


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