Opening Event

The Rose Garden Opening Weekend: Queer Mother’s Day

May 12, 2024
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The artist John Jarboe, a white woman with a dark beard, stands outdoors wearing a red rose hat and holds a bouquet of roses against her.
“She Summers in Vienna,” 2022. Music by Emily Bate and John Jarboe. Photo credit: Christopher Ash.

MOTHER!!!! Spend your Mother’s Day at The Rose Garden. Bring your drag mother, queer mother, and queer family* and get free mimosas, snacks, and “portable hugs” in the form of stuffed animals. The Green Room will be activated by Philadelphia-based trans performing artists throughout the day.

From 3:00–4:00 pm, join FWM Artist-in-Residence John Jarboe for a ribbon rose-making workshop.

*queer family is an expansive term.

Organized in conjunction with John Jarboe: The Rose Garden.

Event Information

May 12, 2024
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Second Floor Gallery

Free Timed Tickets Required
Suggested donation of $5 | Advance reservations strongly encouraged

Timed Tickets

A timed ticket is not required to view other exhibitions or to enter this exhibition’s Green Room. 

Content Warning  

The Rose Garden engages with themes of fetal mortality, gender dysphoria, and growing up queer in Michigan in the 90s. There is some suggestive eating imagery, cannibal humor, fish gutting, and occasional glimpses of the artist’s bare bottom. The gallery involves moving through tight spaces, light changes, and flashing video.

The Green Room  

The multi-room experience culminates in an open processing space made by and for trans and queer communities that will serve as a place to hang out and a site for performances and gatherings throughout the run of the show. On this day, the Green Room will be activated by Philadelphia-based trans performing artists and for a light workshop with John Jarboe from 3:00–4:00 pm.

You do not need a timed ticket to enter this space during regular museum hours. Located at the front of the Second Floor Gallery (facing Arch Street), this space can be accessed via the front elevator or the front stairwell.


Major support for John Jarboe: The Rose Garden has been generously provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state art 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 Agnes Gund and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.