Rose B. Simpson: Dream House

October 7, 2022–May 7, 2023

A contemporary art installation by the artist Rose B. Simpson features a canopy of earth-toned baskets made by the artist. Each has a cross-like symbol, which she calls stars.
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.

“A revelatory, ambitious project…one that invites visitors to self-reflect” —Whitewall Magazine


The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Dream House: Eighth Floor
Process Lab: First Floor

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:00–8:00 pm

Art21 Extended Play


Exhibition Walkthrough Teaser

Art in This Exhibition

Artists in This Exhibition


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

Reviews: Legacies and Dream House
Christine Garnier, CAA Reviews, March 29, 2023

Two artists take on Philadelphia in this season of PBS’s ‘Art21′
Irma Kiss, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 13, 2023

‘We Get the History We Are Ready For’: Meet the Native Women Artists Claiming Their Place in New York
Devorah Lauter, Cultured Magazine, May 10, 2023

Downloadable Media and Related Links

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About the Artist

American, born 1983. Lives and works in Santa Clara Pueblo, NM.

Rose B.Simpson 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. 

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December 2, 2022, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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First Friday: Dream House Prints
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February 12, 2023, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

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