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 and visual artist Ann Hamilton, whose installations have long incorporated textiles and fabric, created an ambitious new temporary work of cylindrical curtains at Philadelphia's Municipal Pier 9, a site laden with textile manufacturing history. This was the first time the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) commissioned a new work from Hamilton for exhibition in Philadelphia, and the first time it produced a major off-site installation. Working closely with various textile curators in the region, Hamilton organized an accompanying exhibition of historical and contemporary fabrics at FWM's main building, which explored how we use, live with, and experience fabrics in our daily lives. The exhibition included literary commonplace books, textile sample books, dolls, and needlework portfolios, borrowed from Philadelphia museums and public collections.
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