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(L) Do-Ho Suh, Artist Box contents: prototypes and fabric samples for Paratrooper II installation, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Photo by Carlos Avendaño, 2017. (R) Do-Ho Suh in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Paratrooper II, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Installation at the Morris Gallery of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.192 x 180 inches (487.7 x 457.2 cm). Photo by Aaron Igler.

(L) Ann Hamilton, Artist Box contents: sewn and dyed fabric samples, sally, sketches and protoypes, 2015-16. Photo by Carlos Avendaño, 2017. (R) Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Municipal Pier 9 installation. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Project in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.

(L) Renée Green, Artist Box contents: fabric and dye samples and photographs for Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Photo by Carlos Avendaño, 2017. (R) Renée Green, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Pigment on cotton sateen upholstered furniture, and on paper-backed cotton sateen wallpaper. Dimensions variable. Photo credit: Will Brown.

(L) Do-Ho Suh, Artist Box contents: prototypes and fabric samples for Paratrooper II installation, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Photo by Carlos Avendaño, 2017. (R) Do-Ho Suh in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Paratrooper II, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Installation at the Morris Gallery of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.192 x 180 inches (487.7 x 457.2 cm). Photo by Aaron Igler.

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(L) Ann Hamilton, Artist Box contents: sewn and dyed fabric samples, sally, sketches and protoypes, 2015-16. Photo by Carlos Avendaño, 2017. (R) Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Municipal Pier 9 installation. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Project in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.

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(L) Renée Green, Artist Box contents: fabric and dye samples and photographs for Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Photo by Carlos Avendaño, 2017. (R) Renée Green, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Pigment on cotton sateen upholstered furniture, and on paper-backed cotton sateen wallpaper. Dimensions variable. Photo credit: Will Brown.

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Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation

December 15, 2017–March 25, 2018

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Celebrating four decades as a pioneering force for artistic innovation, The Fabric Workshop and Museum concludes its 40th anniversary year with Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation. The exhibition, curated by Executive Director Susan Lubowksy Talbott, highlights FWM’s renowned Artist-in-Residence Program and explores the experimental essence of art making.

Throughout its history, FWM has collaborated with some of the leading artists of our time to challenge their boundaries and expand their practice. In FWM’s studio—a veritable living laboratory—Artists-in-Residence explore often unfamiliar materials, test ideas and ultimately create new works of art. Each leaves behind materials—research, handwritten notes, samples, sketches and prototypes—documenting their process and tracing the evolution of their artwork from concept to completion. Retained in nearly 400 archival Artist Boxes, these process materials represent a chronicle of contemporary art throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Process and Practice will display the contents of Artist Boxes alongside finished works by such celebrated artists as Chris Burden, Renée Green, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ann Hamilton, Jim Hodges, Anish Kapoor, Roy Lichtenstein, Yinka Shonibare, Sarah Sze, Richard Tuttle and Carrie Mae Weems. The exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at FWM’s important collection; reveals its significance to the history of contemporary art; and serves as a tribute to the enduring vision of its late founder, Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud.

About the curator
Susan Lubowsky Talbott became The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s second ever Executive Director in 2016 following her retirement as Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (2008-2016). Talbott was the Director of Smithsonian Arts, Washington, DC (2005–2008), and in that capacity also was Acting Director of the National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC (2006). Previously, she served as Director and CEO of the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA; Executive Director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, NC; Director of the Visual Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC; and Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s branch museums at Equitable Center and Philip Morris in New York, NY. Talbott has organized or co-organized many memorable exhibitions, including Patti Smith: Camera Solo; My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation and Fred Wilson: Memory. Talbott serves on the boards of ArtTable and the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), and is a Chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).

 

Major support for Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

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 support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.