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.
An immersive performance-installation expresses the gender journey of cabaret artist, director, and writer John Jarboe, assisted by performance company The Bearded Ladies Cabaret and filmmaker and production designer Christopher Ash. The self-paced experience unfolds through a series of themed rooms that employ video, music, childhood artifacts, and images to embody Jarboe’s experiences and prompt audiences to reflect on their own relationships to gender. Live performances of poetry, music, and stories by other transgender and queer artists complement the installation, while a series of hands-on workshops explore costume making, gender, and memory.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.