The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) is an internationally recognized art museum with an active studio and artist-in-residence program. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on site in studios that are open to the public. Founded in 1977, FWM initially invited visual artists to Philadelphia to experiment with fabric in its workshops, and it later expanded tools to accommodate a wide range of innovative materials and media. Resident artists over the years have included Laurie Anderson, Mark Bradford, Louise Bourgeois, Glenn Ligon, Ed Ruscha, Yinka Shonibare, Sarah Sze, and dozens of others.
MacArthur Fellow Janine Antoni is known for blurring distinctions between performance art and sculpture through a primary subject: her body. Ally is a performance-as-exhibition, conceived by Antoni in collaboration with pioneering choreographer Anna Halprin and contemporary dance artist Stephen Petronio. Rather than a traditional retrospective that attempts to capture the past, Ally uses the past to move forward. Antoni, Halprin, and Petronio collaborated over a two-year residency at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, to look back at their established philosophies, past works, and the important contributions each collaborator has made to his or her respective fields. The project combined installed environments, sculptures, and repeated movement performances by Antoni and Petronio on four floors of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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