Ann Hamilton, the event of a thread (installation views), 2013. White silk, 42 wood swings, chain, bells, accordion bellows, pulleys, flock of pigeons, wooden cages, reading table, writing table, rotating circular mirror, two daily concordance scrolls on newsprint, radios, paper bags sealed with twine and wax, record lathe, vinyl records, 31 record players, 3 sheep's wool cloaks, denim readers' and writers' coats, cotton singers' coats, pencils, sharpener, water glasses, wood benches, newspapers, readers, writers, and singers. Score by David Lang. Commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory for the 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall, New York. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.
An opening reception for Ann Hamilton's multi-venue exhibition habitus will be held on September 16 at two locations: The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) and Municipal Pier 9 on the Delaware River waterfront. habitus weaves text, textile, and image together as mediums for an imaginative and tactile exchange between artist and audience.
From September 16, 2016 through January 8, 2017, FWM will display a selection of historical objects curated by Hamilton, including literature, textiles, dolls, and needlework portfolios, borrowed from Philadelphia museums and public collections. Hamilton's installation at Municipal Pier 9 (September 6–October 10, 2016) will propel visitors into an immersive atmosphere of massive cylindrical curtains, inviting audiences to touch and be touched by the fabric of human experience.