Photo credit: Jim Hodges, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. You (detail), 1997. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño
Photo credit: Jim Hodges, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. You (detail), 1997. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Jim Hodges:


March 2, 2019–April 30, 2019

Part of Jim Hodges’ series of large, sculptural floral veils, You is a lace-like cascade of petals and leaves created from deconstructed silk flowers, fragile yet powerfully seductive in its simplicity and beauty. The work was created in 1997 while Hodges was an Artist-in-Residence at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Also on display in our first floor gallery is Hodges' Artist Box, providing an inside look at his process and practice.

This installation of Jim Hodges’ work is being shown in conjunction with the Philadelphia Flower Show—the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event—located across the street at the Philadelphia Convention Center and on view March 2-10, 2019.


Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional operational support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Pennsylvania Council on the ArtsThe Philadelphia Cultural Fund


American, born 1957, lives in New York City

Jim Hodges was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, where he also completed an undergraduate degree (BFA, Fort Wright College, 1980) before going on to earn an MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (1986). Hodges was trained as a painter, but soon after graduating from school, he began experimenting with ordinary materials (stemming partly from his lack of money at the time), such as paper clips, tarpaper, and dirt, believing that “the materials of art are all around us.” He has become known for his sculptural work, sometimes monumental in scale, made from silver chain, broken mirrors or flower petals—ephemeral materials that offer symbolic associations in addition to their aesthetic attributes. Hodges’ work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY (2003); Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Spain (2005); the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009); and the Contemporary in Austin, Texas (2016). In 2013, the Dallas Museum of Art and Walker Art Center co-organized his midcareer retrospective, Give More Than You Take, which subsequently traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.