Ann Hamilton: habitus

September 17, 2016–January 8, 2017

Ann Hamilton • habitus • 2016. Installation at Municipal Pier 9, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson.

cloth, the body’s first surround, is a hand always touching us

Cloth making—among the oldest forms of human cultural production—provides inspiration for Ann Hamilton’s multi-venue project, habitus, located at three sites: The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Municipal Pier 9, and on social media. Habitus weaves text, textile, and image together as mediums for an imaginative and tactile exchange between artist and audience.

The museum’s galleries display Hamilton’s selection of historical objects—including literary commonplace books, textile sample books, dolls, and needlework portfolios—borrowed from Philadelphia museums and public collections. Printed passages from published writings referencing the social and material life of textiles, and collected through an open call to the public at cloth · a commonplace, will be available free to museum visitors.

In the vast space of Municipal Pier 9 on the Delaware River, visitors propel a field of gigantic cylindrical curtains to billow to atmospheric proportion. As cloth swaddles us at birth and covers us in sleep; as a folded blanket can tell a story of trade; as a flag carries the symbol of a nation, Hamilton’s multi-venue exhibition habitus invites us to touch and be touched by the fabric of human experience.

For information and examples of public submissions for the Ann Hamilton: habitus project, visit: http://www.cloth-a-commonplace.tumblr.com


The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street
First, Second, and Eighth Floors
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Saturday, September 17, 2016 – Sunday, January 8, 2017

Municipal Pier 9
121 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – Monday, October 10, 2016

Opening Reception

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception will take place at both locations.

Art in This Exhibition

Artists in This Exhibition

About the Artist

American, born 1956.

Ann Hamilton studied textile arts at the University of Kansas, where she completed her BFA in 1979. She went on to earn an MFA from Yale University in sculpture in 1985. Her varied background in the visual arts informs her artistic practice, which takes the form of installations, videos, objects, and performance. Hamilton’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2002), Musèe d’Art Contemporain in Lyon, France (1997), and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994). In 1999, Hamilton was selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. Her honors include the National Medal of Arts (2014), a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (1993), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1990), and a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1989).