Rose B. Simpson: Dream House

October 7, 2022–May 7, 2023

Installation view of “Rose B. Simpson: Dream House.” Rose B. Simpson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Where does your mind journey to get home? In this immersive multi-room installation, New Mexico-based artist Rose B. Simpson leads us around the contours of intimacy and memory with windows into her own domestic narrative, kinship, and subconscious. Inspired by Pueblo architecture, her ancestral landscape, and magical realism, Simpson explores the imprints and through-lines that connect and orient her life as an artist, an Indigenous person, and a mother.

Dream House invites us to contemplate notions of home and nourishment—safety and emotional comfort, the work of mental and spiritual growth, as well as abundance and fullness—through unique displays of ceramics, textiles, sculptures, paintings, and Simpson’s first-ever works in video, all created in collaboration with the FWM Studio team specifically for this exhibition.

Now through April 16, explore the Process Lab for Rose B. Simpson’s residency, which documents material experiments like plaster tests, weaving, and screenprinting that led to the making of Dream House.⁠ Family friendly activities include making/painting a paper pulp bowl, collaging textures of your own dream house, and painting your own symbol on our wall to represent your idea of home.


The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Dream House: Eighth Floor
Process Lab: First Floor

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Art in This Exhibition

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Rose B. Simpson Thinks in Clay
Jori Finkel, The New York Times, June 16, 2022

Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes Podcast, September 15, 2022

“THE MOST PERSONAL WORK I’VE EVER DONE” | The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Rose B. Simpson: Dream House
Emily Schilling, Broad Street Review, October 24, 2022

Rose B. Simpson Draws on Her Indigenous Background and Pueblo Architecture for an Exhibition in Philadelphia
Annie Block, Interior Design Magazine, December 7, 2022

Rose B. Simpson Builds A Dream House Where Manifestation Meets Growth
Katy Donoghue, Whitewall Magazine, February 23, 2023

A Revolutionary Idea
Jacqui Agate, Wanderlust, March 1, 2023

Leaving Fingerprints Behind
Alex De Vore, Santa Fe Reporter, March 8, 2023

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About the Artist

Rose B.Simpson (born 1983, lives and works with her young daughter in Santa Clara Pueblo, NM) is a mixed-media artist whose work explores the impact, both emotional and existential, of living in the postmodern and postcolonial world. Simpson has a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Art, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM, the Nevada Art Museum, Reno, NV, and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, is featured in a current solo at the ICA Boston and has recently opened Counterculture, a public art installation at Field Farm, Williamstown, MA (2022). Museum collections include the Denver Art Museum, ICA Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Nevada Art Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Forbes, Vogue, and The New York Times. Simpson is represented by Jessica Silverman in San Francisco and Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

About the Curator

Dream House is organized by Senior Project Coordinator Abby Lutz, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs DJ Hellerman and Exhibitions Manager Alec Unkovic in collaboration with Rose B. Simpson. The project was initiated by Karen Patterson, FWM’s former Director of Exhibitions. 


Major Support for Rose B. Simpson: Dream House has been generously provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Joy of Giving Something, Inc., Girlfriend Fund, Maja Paumgarten and John Parker, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Megan O’Reilly-Lewis, and Wayee Chu and Ethan Beard. 

In-kind support has been provided by The Clay Studio. 

Past Related Events

Opening Celebration: Rose B. Simpson: Dream House
October 6, 2022, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Member Exclusive
Who Makes the Art Here, Anyway?
October 15, 2022, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Ritual of Tea with Dope Botanicals and Natural Dye Workshop
November 1, 2022, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

All Ages Event
CraftNOW Create: Dream Planting with The Fabric Workshop and Museum
November 5, 2022, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

All Ages Event
CraftMONTH Tour: FWM + Center for Art in Wood
November 10, 2022, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

All Ages Event
CraftMONTH Tour: FWM + Center for Art in Wood
November 13, 2022, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

First Friday: Printing for Gifting
December 2, 2022, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

All Ages Workshop
First Friday: Dream House Prints
February 3, 2023, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Lecture + Workshop
Designing Indigenous Visual Languages with Traditional Ecological Knowledge
February 12, 2023, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Ritual of Tea with Dope Botanicals and Natural Dye Workshop
March 14, 2023, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm