Common Thread Installation
Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time featured a newly commissioned opera inspired by a set of 16th century Flemish tapestries. A table at the center of the gallery, designed to embody the opera’s lyrical qualities, functioned as a place where visitors could pick up headphones and watch an introductory video. “Threads” made of electrical conduit rose up from the center of the tabletop as if it was unraveling, and became label holders for each of the tapestries that were part of the opera. Since the opera itself had no form, the installation was able to give it physical presence.