Founded in 1977, FWM is distinguished as the only institution in the United States devoted to offering internationally renowned artists the resources to create new work in experimental materials. FWM is recognized for its Artist-in-Residence Program, an extensive permanent collection of new work created by artists at the Museum, in-house touring exhibitions, wide-ranging educational programming, and our high school, college and post-graduate apprentice training programs.
Currently on view:
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture
August 11 – November 5, 2017
The story of master architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. This landmark exhibition, organized by the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein, Germany), is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in twenty years and offers new insight into the famed architect’s methods and inspiration through more than 200 objects and ephemeral items. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is proud to be the final venue of the international tour.
Highlights of “must sees” at FWM:
Study Tours and Hands-on Workshops
FWM unique Study Tours and Hands-on Workshops lead participants through our current exhibitions and professional studios. Cost $3 per participant.
What’s Going on in the Studio?
Find out how artists collaborate with FWM staff to create unique works for the museum’s permanent collection and beyond. Our museum educators will lead you on a tour of the galleries and the studio. This tour focuses on how an artist’s ideas develop and change during the process of creation and experimentation with new materials.
Make Your Mark!
Learn the fundamentals of silkscreen printing on fabric in just a few easy steps. Use our “printer station” to print a T-shirt or make a fun swatch using designs made by artists at FWM. Bring a pre-washed 100% cotton T-shirt, bag, or fabric swatch for this workshop. Tote bags, custom screens, and other add-ons can be provided at an additional cost.