Master and Form by Brendan Fernandes is a sculptural installation of five wood objects (training devices) and one steel structure (barre) for multiple ballet dancers to exercise endurance and self-control. Resembling a cage, the structure also refers to S&M culture, creating “a space where roles of mastery and submission are in play.” The exhibition was commissioned and first exhibited at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Following, the exhibition was installed at the Whitney Museum of American Art and featured at the 2019 Whitney Biennial. Norman Kelley collaborated on the design and installation of all wood objects, steel barre structure, and rope swings.



Exhibition Design


Brendan Fernandes


Sarah Herda (Graham Foundation)

Jane Panetta, Rujeko Hockley (Whitney Biennial)


Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., New York, New York USA


January 25, 2018 - April 07, 2018 (Chicago)

May 17, 2019 - September 22, 2020 (New York)

Project Team

Thomas Kelley, Abigail Chang, Isabelle Reford


Jason Lewis, Andrew Kephart, Navillus Woodworks


RCH (Chicago)

Courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)