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.
Artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley will consider the impact of climate change in a performative installation across two of the Fabric Workshop and Museum’s (FWM) gallery floors. On one floor, a filmed performance installation—including a constructed stage set and theatrical seating—will present Mary delivering separate monologues as two characters trapped in their homes: one in the 1930s during a turbulent Dust Bowl storm, the other engaged in emergency preparations from the hostile climate of an imagined 2080. On another floor, a “forest” of responsive sculptures embedded with video screens will project the faces of additional characters and perspectives. By engaging with the issue of climate change on a human scale, the project is intended to encourage reflection about the potential consequences of our collective choices. The artists’ works have been shown in solo exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, Hammer Museum, and ICA Boston, among others; Mary's honors include MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.
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