Current Exhibitions

National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangla-desh, Louis Kahn, 1962–83 © Raymond Meier. Courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein.

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

August 11, 2017–November 5, 2017

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6:00–8:00 pm 
 

Public Programs:

September 14, 2017, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
 
September 16, 2017, two tours from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
 
October 6, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
 
October 7, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 
October 9, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
 
 
October 14, 2017, two tours from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 
October 25, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 
October 28, 2017 and November 4, 2017, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
 
 


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Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

Image credit: Carlos Avendaño

Teen Event: Dream House!

October 6, 2017–4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Opening Reception:
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
6th Floor Studio
 
Free and open to all teens
RSVP suggested, walk-ins-welcome
Recommended ages: 13-19 years old
 
Click here to register for this event.
 
For questions about this teen program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Carlos Avendaño

Family Program: Kahn-Struct

October 7, 2017–1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Opening Reception:
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
6th Floor Studio
 
Free and open to all families
RSVP suggested, walk-ins welcome
Recommended ages: 4-12 years
 
Click here to RSVP.
 
For questions about this family program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Carlos Avendaño

DesignPhiladelphia: Center City Open House Crawl

October 9, 2017–4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Free and open to the public
No pre-registration required
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Photo credit: Naqib Houssain, National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Louis Kahn, 1962-83

Healthy Happy Hour and Fitness Tour of Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

October 12, 2017–4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Opening Reception:
Free and open to the public
RSVP suggested
Tour times TBD
 
Registration open soon.
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Image by Anne Todd, courtesy of the Wharton Esherick Museum

Making Connections with Louis I. Kahn: Private Tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum and 1956 Kahn-designed Workshop

October 14, 2017–two tours at 12:00 - 2:00 pm and 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Wharton Esherick Museum
1520 Horseshoe Trail,
Malvern, PA 19355
 
Tickets: $20
Pre-registration required, space is limited
Transportation to the Wharton Esherick Museum is not included.
For driving directions, click here.
 
Click here to register for this event.
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Wharton Esherick Museum at info@whartonesherickmuseum.org or (610) 644-5822
 


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Image credit: Barrett Doherty

Uncrating Kahn with William Whitaker

October 25, 2017–6:30 pm

Opening Reception:
The University of Pennslyvania
Meyerson Hall
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
 
Free and open to the public
RSVP suggested, walk-ins-welcome
 
Click here to register for this event.
 
For questions about ths program, please contact, news@design.upenn.edu.


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Image credit: Jeremy Drey

Architectural Photography Workshop with Lonnie Graham

October 28, 2017–10:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine

Opening Reception:
Workshop will begin at Rodin Museum
2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, rain or shine 
and
Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, rain or shine
 
RSVP required, $20 entry fee; high school and college students free
Class size limited to 20 participants
All levels of experience welcome
Participants encouraged to bring their own camera and tripod
 
Click here to register for the Workshop on Saturday, October 28.
Click here to register for the Workshop on Saturday, November 4. 
 
For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at reservations@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org or (215) 561-8888.


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Image courtesy of Nathaniel Kahn

Louis I. Kahn: My Teacher, My Friend, My Father, My Architect

October 28, 2017–10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Opening Reception:
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery and B1 Auditorium
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
 
Tickets: $25; $10 for film screening only
Free for University of Pennsylvania students with valid I.D., space is limited
Pre-registration required
 
Click here to purchase tickets.
 
Event Schedule:

10:30 am – 11:15 am Panel featuring Kahn’s children, Nathanial Kahn, Alexandra Tyng and Sue Ann Kahn moderated by FWM Executive Director Susan L. Talbott

11:15 am – 12:30 pm Panel with architects Henry Wilcots, Roy Vollmer, Reyhan Larimer and Luis Vincent Rivera moderated by William Whitaker, Curator of the Architectural Archives at PennDesign 

12:30 – 2:00 pm Lunch on your own

2:00 – 4:30 pm Screening of “My Architect” followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Nathaniel Kahn



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Image credit: Libby Saylor (L); Richard Rizzo (R)

Coming at Kahn 20 Years Apart with David Brownlee and Wendy Lesser

November 2, 2017–6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Lecture and Reception:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
 
Free and open to the public
RSVP suggested, walk-ins welcome
 
Event schedule:
Doors open: 5:30 pm
Conversation begins: 6:00 pm
Book signing: 7:30 - 8:00 pm
 
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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(L) Do-Ho Suh, Artist Box contents: prototypes and fabric samples for Paratrooper II installation, 2015. 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.

Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation

December 15, 2017–March 25, 2018

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


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Ursula von Rydingsvard, Krypta I, 2014. Cedar, graphite.125 x 77 x 56 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong, New York.

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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Past Exhibitions

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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
Sō Percussion performing Clapping Music by Steve Reich (In Memoriam of Clinton Darlington Swingle, 1928-2013) at The Fabric Workshop & Museum, February 2, 2013. Sō Percussion
Tacita Dean giving an artist talk at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. February 2, 2013. Tacita Dean: Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS…(six performances, six films), 2008
Theaster Gates making pottery for Soul Manufacturing Corporation: To Make the Thing that Makes the Things at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. 2013. Photo Credit: Carlos Avendaño. Theaster Gates: Soul Manufacturing Corporation— To Make the Thing that Makes the Things
Daniel Arsham X Jonah Bokaer: Study for Occupant, 2012.  Performed at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.  December 12, 2012. Daniel Arsham X Jonah Bokaer: Study for Occupant
Daniel Arsham, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Reach Ruin (installation view), 2012. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Daniel Arsham: Reach Ruin

Youth participants engaged at The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s (FWM) hands-on educational Family Workshop event held in the Museum’s print studio.
Share Your Story! Family Fun Workshop
"Lunar Rabbit, 2011" exhibition at Luceplan. Images courtesy of More Art, New York Joan Jonas: Lunar Rabbit
Left: Mark Rosenthal, July 2012. Photo credit: Eric Roman.Right: Louise Bourgeois in her installation at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, December 1992. Photo credit: Kelly & Massa Photography. An Odyssey: A Narrative of The Fabric Workshop and Museum

 Michel Garcia and Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada in Lauris, Provence, France. Video still from Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia, Colors of Provence Using Sustainable Methods, 2011 
Natural Dye Workshops offered by Slow Fiber Studios with artist, author, curator, textile researcher Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist Michel Garcia
Pae White. S U M M E R X X (installation view), 2012. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Pae White: S U M M E R X X
Left: Mark Bradford. Niagara (still, detail), 2005. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. Right: Carlos Avendaño. Brenda (still, detail), 2012. Mark Bradford and Carlos Avendaño: 2 Videos
Jennifer Steinkamp. Moth 5 (still), 2012. Digital projection. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of ACME, Los Angeles; and Lehmann Maupin, New York. Jennifer Steinkamp: The Death of the Moth