Museum As...

May 5, 2023–September 10, 2023

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (After Harriet Jacobs),” 1997. Satin ribbons and book pages on linen. 64 x 52 inches. Collection of the artists. Photo credit: Aaron Igler.

Since its inception in the late 1970s, The Fabric Workshop and Museum set out to be a space for artists to collaborate with in-house artists and experiment with new materials and methodologies. FWM Artists-in-Residence are encouraged to push beyond their comfort zones and treat their time with the Studio as a creative laboratory of limitless possibilities. To date, FWM has worked with over 385 artists on projects that range from screenprinting to performance, from weaving to installation. Oftentimes, these artists leave FWM having created artwork using an entirely different method, forever impacting their approach to art.

Still, the name of The Fabric Workshop and Museum remains misleading to some. To better understand its origins, FWM has organized three exhibitions with each centered around a singular element in its name. Drawing from FWM’s extensive collection, these exhibitions welcome visitors to discover the many facets of fabric, workshop, and museum. Museum As… is the third and final exhibition in this series.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum
First Floor

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This exhibition is included with free general admission

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About the Curator

Museum As… is organized by DJ Hellerman, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs.


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.