17. September - 08. January 2017 Philadelphia

HABITUS BY ANN HAMILTON

Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Installation at Municipal Pier 9, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson
Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Installation at Municipal Pier 9, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson
Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016, Installation at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson
Ann Hamilton, kaph, glove, 1997, silk organza, thread 33 gloves, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño
Ann Hamilton, shell, 2007, Felt coats, Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño

Exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadephia

The Fabric Workshop and Museum Philadelphia is currently showcasing works of  Ohio-based artist Ann Hamilton. The extensive exhibition 'habitus' is presented in two parts and in two locations. A large-scale installation at Municipal Pier 9 has been open to the public during one month and has closed on October 10, 2016. The exhibition now continues on three entire floors of The Fabric Workshop and Museum. 

For the immersive installation at Pier 9, Ann Hamilton had animated a venerable warehouse along the Delaware River with spinning curtains billowing to gigantic proportions, rising and falling to the sound of whistles and the voice of a reader. Rope and pulley mechanisms, inspired by the systems in cathedral bell towers, and activated by visitors set curtains spinning into motion. "The hand, listening to the ear, must know when to pull, when to hold and when to let go. The pattern of letting go and catching: that’s the counting time of the body," says Hamilton with regard to her installation.

While the installation at Municipal Pier 9 was on the scale of landscape, the three floors Hamilton has transformed in The Fabric Workshop and Museum are on the scale of thread, needle, and book. The Museum’s galleries display a number of digital prints by Hamilton, along with a selection of historical objects - including literary commonplace books, textile sample books, dolls, and needlework portfolios - borrowed from Philadelphia museums and public collections.

Many of the objects collected by the artist are fragments of cloth and text. Hamilton is attracted by their colour and pattern, but more so by the potential of fragments to represent the material record of individual hands and to suggest the possibility of transformation. A picture of the past lives of seamstresses, weavers, and fabric printers is evoked throughout the three floors. Lace samplers, fabric swatch books, and commonplace books are on view, alongside a collection of 19th century hand-woven-blankets.

The compendium of objects is the vision of an artist who engaged with both modern techniques and artefacts from the past to create a huge projects centred on the art of sewing and cloth making. Ann Hamilton’s 'habitus' at the Fabric Workshop Museum will be on view daily, Tuesday–Sunday, 12–6 pm, through January 8, 2017.

 

 

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