(L) Artist Box contents for Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper II, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Carlos Avendaño. (R) Do Ho Suh, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Paratrooper II, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Installation at the Morris Gallery of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.192 x 180 inches (487.7 x 457.2 cm). Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Aaron Igler.
(L) Artist Box contents for Roy Lichtenstein, Untitled, 1979. Pigment on silk satin. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo: Carlos Avendaño. (R) Roy Lichtenstein, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1979. Pigment on silk satin. 30 x 26 inches (76.2 x 91.44 cm). Edition of 100. Commissioned by Artists Space, New York. Collecitno of the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo: Aaron Igler. 
(L) Artist Box contents for Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Sewn and dyed fabric samples, sally, sketches and prototypes. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Carlos Avendaño. (R) Ann Hamilton, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, habitus, 2016. Municipal Pier 9 installation. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.
(L) Artist Box contents for Robert Pruitt, Untited Photographs, 2011. Plastic BB guns, cotton, fiberglass, synthetic hair and beads. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo: Carlos Avendaño. (R) Robert Pruitt, in collaboration with The Fabric Worksop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled Photographs (detail), 2011. Archival pigment print on rag paper. 9 x 14 inches (22.86 x 35.6 cm). Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. 
(L) Artist Box contents for Renée Green, Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Pigment on cotton sateen, pigment on paper-backed cotton sateen wallpaper, fabric samples and photographs. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Carlos Avendaño. (R) Renée Green, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Pigment on cotton sateen upholstered furniture, and on paper-backed cotton sateen wallpaper. Dimensions variable. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Will Brown.

(L) Artist Box contents for Do Ho Suh, Paratrooper II, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Carlos Avendaño. (R) Do Ho Suh, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Paratrooper II, 2005. Monofilament, resin, nylon, poly organza, stainless steel armature. Installation at the Morris Gallery of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.192 x 180 inches (487.7 x 457.2 cm). Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Aaron Igler.

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(L) Artist Box contents for Roy Lichtenstein, Untitled, 1979. Pigment on silk satin. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo: Carlos Avendaño. (R) Roy Lichtenstein, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled, 1979. Pigment on silk satin. 30 x 26 inches (76.2 x 91.44 cm). Edition of 100. Commissioned by Artists Space, New York. Collecitno of the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo: Aaron Igler.
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(L) Artist Box contents for Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Sewn and dyed fabric samples, sally, sketches and prototypes. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Carlos Avendaño. (R) Ann Hamilton, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, habitus, 2016. Municipal Pier 9 installation. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.

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(L) Artist Box contents for Robert Pruitt, Untited Photographs, 2011. Plastic BB guns, cotton, fiberglass, synthetic hair and beads. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo: Carlos Avendaño. (R) Robert Pruitt, in collaboration with The Fabric Worksop and Museum, Philadelphia. Untitled Photographs (detail), 2011. Archival pigment print on rag paper. 9 x 14 inches (22.86 x 35.6 cm). Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.
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(L) Artist Box contents for Renée Green, Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Pigment on cotton sateen, pigment on paper-backed cotton sateen wallpaper, fabric samples and photographs. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Carlos Avendaño. (R) Renée Green, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992. Pigment on cotton sateen upholstered furniture, and on paper-backed cotton sateen wallpaper. Dimensions variable. Collection of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Will Brown.

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Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation

December 15, 2017–March 25, 2018

Opening Reception:
Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Celebrating four decades as a pioneering force for artistic innovation, The Fabric Workshop and Museum concludes its 40th anniversary year with Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation. The exhibition, curated by Executive Director Susan Lubowksy Talbott, highlights FWM’s renowned Artist-in-Residence Program and explores the experimental essence of art making.

Throughout its history, FWM has collaborated with some of the leading artists of our time to challenge their boundaries and expand their practice. In FWM’s studio—a veritable living laboratory—Artists-in-Residence explore often unfamiliar materials, test ideas and ultimately create new works of art. Each leaves behind materials—research, handwritten notes, samples, sketches and prototypes—documenting their process and tracing the evolution of their artwork from concept to completion. Retained in nearly 400 archival Artist Boxes, these process materials represent a chronicle of contemporary art throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Process and Practice will display the contents of over 80 Artist Boxes alongside finished works by such celebrated artists as Chris Burden, Renée Green, Cai Guo-Qiang Ann Hamilton, Jim Hodges, Anish Kapoor, Roy Lichtenstein, Yinka Shonibare, Sarah Sze, Richard Tuttle and Carrie Mae Weems. The exhibition offers a behind-the-scenes look at FWM’s significant place in the history of contemporary art and serves as a tribute to the enduring vision of its late founder, Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud.

About the Curator
Susan Lubowsky Talbott became The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s second Executive Director in 2016 following her retirement as Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. Previously, Talbott was Director of Smithsonian Arts, Washington, DC, and in that capacity also served as Acting Director of the National Museum of African Art. Throughout her 40 year career, she held other museum directorial positions and curated numerous exhibitions including Patti Smith: Camera Solo; My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation and Fred Wilson: Memory.
 
 

Major support for Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.