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Opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, 2013, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation—To Make the Thing that Makes the Things at FWM's The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street in Philadelphia. Gates' Soul Manufacturing Corporation is in its second year of exploring and creating relationships among on-site makers, local & international artists, apprentices, and students. This multi-disciplinary project of making comes to FWM following its installation at Locust Projects (Miami, FL), which was presented during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.
Gates brings Soul Manufacturing Corporation to FWM where he will create a "thing-making" facility and gathering place for Greater Philadelphia's artists, local and international makers to work with Soul Manufacturing's core team to produce clay-, wood-, and textile-based objects. This project is in keeping with FWM's commitment to the collaborative creative process in an open cultural climate, to enable the finest artists today to work with new materials and new media. In partnership with Art Sanctuary, a group of local and highly-motivated young people will apprentice with the makers, learning new skills through this collaborative production process.