Current Exhibitions

Artist Box contents for Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper II, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo: Carlos Avendaño.

Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation

December 15, 2017–March 25, 2018

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

Public Programs:

Special Lecture and Book Signing with Laurie Anderson
More details to be announced soon.
 
January 17, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch Series: Material Explorations
 
January 25, 2018, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
 
January 27, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
 
February 15, 2018, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
 
February 17, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
 
February 23, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm
 
February 20, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
February 27, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
March 6, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
March 13, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
March 20, 2018, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm
 
Special Lecture with Award-winning Artist Carrie Mae Weems
March 23, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
More details to be announced soon.


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Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

(L) Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson. (R) Artist Box contents for Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Bell sally sample, fabric swatches, book and sample exhibition labels. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo credit: Carlos Avendano.

Unpacking History: Four Decades of Contemporary Art Making at FWM with Susan L. Talbott

January 25, 2018–6:30 to 7:30 pm

Opening Reception:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Free and open to the public
RVSP suggested, walk-ins welcome
 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Family program participants enjoy making a print together. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Picture us Together: Make a Family Portrait!

January 27, 2018–1:00 to 3:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
6th floor studio
 
Free and open to all families
RSVP suggested, walk-ins welcome
Recommended ages: 4–12 years
 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Artist box contents for Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003. Embroidery floss, embroidery samples, printed color swatches and printers proof. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch Series: Material Explorations

February 2, 2018–12:00 to 1:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Free and open to the public, suggested donation of $5
Space is limited, RVSP required
 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Lenore Tawney, Cloud Garment, 1982. Silk satin and silk pongee, stuffed with goose down. 75 1⁄2 x 50 inches. Finished work (right) and Artist Box contents (left). Photo credit: Pamela VanderZwan 

A Legacy Made Visible with Matilda McQuaid, Nancy Princenthal and Patterson Sims

February 3, 2018–12:00 to 2:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Free and open to the public
RVSP suggested, walk-ins welcome
 
Click here to register for this event.
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Susan L. Talbott leads a gallery walk-through of Lenka Clayton’s 2017 exhibition, Object Temporarily Removed at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Gallery Walk-through with Curator Susan L. Talbott

February 15, 2018–6:00 to 7:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Free and open to the public
RVSP suggested, walk-ins welcome
 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Betty Woodman Window, 1980, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Pigment on cotton canvas and cotton sateen, cut and pieced together with three repeat patterns: Floating Pots, Platters, and Meandering Stream. Pillow Pitcher, 1979 Earthenware. Photo credit: Phillip Unetic

Connections in Clay with Dominique Ellis

February 17, 2018–1:00 to 3:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
6th floor studio
 
RSVP required, $20 entry fee
Class size limited to 25 participants
All levels of experience welcome
 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Yinka Shonibare rendering a design for the creation of Space Walk, 2002, during his FWM Artist-in-Residency. Photo credit: Aaron Igler.

Film Series: Rare Footage

February 20, 2018–5:00 to 6:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, February 20, 5:00 PM – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, February 27, 5:00 PM – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 6, 5:00 PM – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 13, 5:00 PM – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20, 5:00 PM – 6:00 pm
 
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
8th floor
 
Free and open to the public
RSVP suggested, walk-ins welcome
 
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For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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(top left) Artist box contents for Leonardo Drew, 84, 2002. Cast paper samples and found objects. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. (bottom left) Artist box contents for Yinka Shonibare, Space Walk, 2002. Printed proofs and colorways. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. (top right) Artist box contents for Robert Kushner, Hawaiian Punch cape, 1977. Printed proofs and colorways. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. (bottom right) Artist box contents for Louise Bourgeois, She Lost It, 1992. Mylar, printed cotton voile sample, silk scarf proof. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Teen Program: Inside the Box

February 23, 2018–4:00 to 6:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
6th floor studio
 
Free and open to all teens
RSVP suggested, walk-ins welcome
Recommended ages: 13–19 years
 
Click here to register for this event.
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Project Technician Joy Ude (left) and Studio Assistant Avery Lawrence (right) screen printing Hidden, 1980 by Artist-in-Residence Will Stokes Jr. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch Series: Material Explorations

March 2, 2018–12:00 to 1:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Free and open to the public, suggested donation of $5
Space is limited, RSVP suggested, walk-ins welcome
 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Artist box contents for Yinka Shonibare, Space Walk, 2002. Printed proofs, color swatches, vintage record albums and mylars. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Behind-the-Scenes Lunch Series: Material Explorations

March 16, 2018–12:00 to 1:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
6th floor studio
 
Free and open to the public, suggested donation of $5
Space is limited, RSVP required
 
Click here to register for this event. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Ursula von Rydingsvard, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. PODERWAĆ, 2017. Leather, cotton, steel, and polyester batting. 129 x 102 x 45 inches. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling

April 27, 2018–August 26, 2018

Opening Reception:
April 27, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


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Suzanne Bocanegra in her Chinatown studio, New York City. Photo: Vincent Tullo for The New York Times, 2017.

Suzanne Bocanegra: Poorly Watched Girls

September 21, 2018–January 13, 2019

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


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Past Exhibitions

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Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown with Queen Anne chair (left), 1979, and Empire chair (right), 1979. Denise Scott Brown wears the Grandmother dress she designed. Photo credit: Robert Adelman (from Life magazine). Learning from Bob and Denise, an evening of influences, reminisces, and a plea for pattern all over
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown with Queen Anne chair (left), 1979, and Empire chair (right), 1979. Denise Scott Brown wears the Grandmother dress she designed. Photo credit: Robert Adelman (from Life magazine). Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown & Associates: Venturi, Scott Brown and Grandmother: Patterns for Production
Question Bridge: Black Males, Courtesy of Question Bridge. Question Bridge: Black Males
Kazumi Tanaka. Silk fabric made with Shibori-Zome technique (traditional Japanese resist and dye processes), 2014. Silk. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion
Ray K. Metzker, Chicago, 1956. Silver gelatin print. 15 ¼ x 18 ¼ inches. Edition 1 of 3. Courtesy Laurence Miller Gallery, New York. Philadelphia Photographers: Ray K. Metzker
Will Brown, New Tin II, 1973/2014. Silver gelatin print. 4 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches. Edition 1 of 6. Courtesy of the artist, © 2014. Philadelphia Photographers: Will Brown
Abelardo Morell, Painting and Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, 2014. 40 x 45.4 inches. Pigment print on archival paper. Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery/New York. Abelardo Morell: Pictures in Three Museums and Two Views of Philadelphia
David Graham, Best Company, Langhorne, PA, 1981. Chromogenic color prints. 26.75 x 32.75 inches. Edition 12 of 25. Façade Panels from Best Products Showroom by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Langhorne, PA. Philadelphia Photographers: David Graham
Sarah Sze in conversation with Hal Foster and Carlos Basualdo
Footage of Tristin Lowe's installation, Comet: Grace, (2012) -- currently featured at FWM. Tristin Lowe: Tristin Lowe – Comet: Grace, 2012, and Giandomenico Cassini (1625-1712): Lunacy #2, 2014
On this day, families with kids ages 4-10 came to the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s inaugural Family Day event. FWM’s Family Day engaged over 135 children and adults with a range of hands-on art processes and contemporary art experiences. Rock! Paper! Scissors!
Dr. John Tancock, Duchamp and China, Lecture on Febuary 7th 2014. Photo Carlos Avendaño Dr. John L. Tancock: Duchamp and China
Yinka Shonibare MBE at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia, 2002 Yinka Shonibare MBE: Space Walk, 2002
Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. 2013. Sarah Sze: Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Len Davidson, Neon Signage, window installation at The New Temporary Contemporary, 1222 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 2013.
Len Davidson: Neon Signage
Ann Hamilton, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Untitled (detail), 1993. Horse hair, linen, and antique buttons. Diameter: 20 inches. Edition of 12 Selections of Artist Multiples from the Permanent Collection
Cynthia Hopkins, Convergence: Declarations of Independence Lecture Series, 2013. The Fabric Workshop and Museum  Convergence: Declarations of Independence Lecture Series

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia,in collaboration with Ruth Fine, FWM Quilt, 2013 (detail).
A Riot of Color: The Fabric Workshop and Museum in collaboration with Ruth Fine

Mary Heilmann, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia, Serape 1, 1995 (detail). Made through FWM Artist-in-Residence Program.
Beyond the Selvage: A History of Screen-printing at The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Cynthia Hopkins, The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success).
Photo Credit: Paula Court.
Convergence: Declarations of Independence Lecture Series
Kiki Smith, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Owl and Pussycat, 2002. Pigment on cotton sateen, Liberty print fabrics 24 x 12 x 2 inches. Unlimited edition. Multiplied: Editioned Works from The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Mario Ybarra, Jr. working at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. 2013. Mario Ybarra, Jr.: Books Of Drawings, Beyond Our Dreams, Blame Our Dads, Brains On Drugs, Better Off Dead
Jean Shin, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Philadelphia, TEXTile, 2006. Computer keycaps, fabric, and projection. 36 x 46 x 276 inches.  Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño Selections from the Permanent Collection
Opening remarks by guest curator John G. Hanhardt, April 5th, 2013.
Changing Scenes: Points of View in Contemporary Media Art. Changing Scenes: Points of View in Contemporary Media Art