In the News: Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Piffaro, and More

1/4: Ann Hamilton, habitus, 2016. Installation at Municipal Pier 9, made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Photo by Thibault Jeanson.
2/4: Levée des conflits, Boris Charmatz, Drexel University Armory, 2016. Photo by JJ Tiziou.
3/4: Photo by Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery, courtesy of Philly Block Project.
4/4: Piffaro, the Renaissance Band in performance in May 2015. Photo by Bill Dicecca.

Several Center-funded performances and exhibitions have garnered national and regional media coverage in recent weeks.

Levée des conflits, Boris Charmatz, Drexel University Armory, 2016. Photo by JJ Tiziou.

In Performance

Composer Julia Wolfe, who collaborated with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia on the Center-funded premiere of Anthracite Fields, received a MacArthur Fellowship. In an article announcing the award, The Philadelphia Inquirer described the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields as “an ambitious oratorio that gave voice to coal mining communities.”

Opera Philadelphia’s world premiere of Breaking the Waves was covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and several other publications. “It is not easy to find new operas that command attention, tell their story lucidly and create a powerful, permeating mood. Dark and daring, Breaking the Waves does all this with sensitivity and style,” wrote Zachary Wolfe for The New York Times.

Choreographer Nora Chipaumire’s dance work portrait of myself as my father, presented as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Creative Africa programming and supported by a Center Advancement grant, was “unforgettable,” according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Even as Chipaumire exhorted her father to assume a true masculinity, it took shape within a larger context that constricted and confined,” wrote Hugh Hunter.

Boris Charmatz’s dance work Levée des conflits, presented by Drexel University Westphal College, was reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Broad Street Review, which called the performance “hypnotic,” and stated: “This piece is a constantly evolving organism, merging and dividing.”

Daniel Fishkin’s sound installation and performance series Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2016 was featured in PhillyVoice and WHYY. “My tinnitus threatened to sever my connection with people, and this project is the opposite. I’m trying to restore my connection with people,” said Fishkin in an interview with PhillyVoice.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviewed The Musical World of Don Quixote, “the grandest project of [Piffaro, the Renaissance Band’s] 31-year history,” according to music critic David Patrick Stearns, who praised the concerts’ “arresting directness” and “wonderfully authoritative” performances.

Photo by Hank Willis Thomas and Wyatt Gallery, courtesy of Philly Block Project.

Ann Hamilton’s multi-venue textile exhibition habitus, presented by The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Broad Street Review, which wrote: “In assembling habitus, Hamilton has fused Philadelphia’s text and textile traditions in new ways, forcing a reconsideration of the relationship between them, and with ourselves.” The exhibition continues in FWM’s galleries through January 8, 2017.

Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas’ ongoing photography exhibition The Block, presented by the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) as part of its ongoing project Hank Willis Thomas: Philly Block Project, was featured on WHYY. “We were amazed by how welcoming the neighbors were,” Thomas said in an interview with WHYY’s Peter Crimmins. “The fact they were willing to open their doors to us was the reason we made some photos really large. But then also letting the eye wander over small details, thinking about the community members as the building blocks of the community, and the photographs being the bricks of that metaphor.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s reinstallation of the South Asian art galleries was covered in The Philadelphia Inquirer, which wrote: “considered one of the finest outside India, the collection…has been reinstalled in totally new ways.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the Penn Museum’s public lectures series Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse, stating, “this is the first time the museum has hosted a free, college-level series of this sort.”


Dedicated to supporting and promoting Latin American culture, Raices Culturales LatinoAmericanas produces a variety of community programs and cultural showcases.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reviewed the latest presentation in The Crossing’s Month of Moderns festival, The Gulf (between you & me).

Grants & Grantees

Eileen Beff is a visual artist and 1994 Pew Fellow.

The Object Lesson works in the margins between theater and visual art installation, between audience and actor. Since its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Object Lesson has received extensive praise, and was named a “Fringe First.”

Questions of Practice

We posed our questions of (co-)authorship to Goldsmith, a visual artist-turned-writer whose prose consists simply of re-typing existing information.

Grants & Grantees

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) presented two concerts by an intergenerational roster of artists, representing several significant strands of blues music.

Anna Drozdowski, a curator of performance, hosts European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career. The two juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance, composition and audience.

This is Nigerian-born, London-based Yinka Shonibare’s first major Philadelphia exhibition since his artist residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dance Iquail’s artistic director, Iquail Shaheed, seeks to create dance projects that tell stories not frequently heard in the performing arts, and to engage with audiences drawn from Mantua, the West Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.

Grants & Grantees

Levy’s performance practice and compositions bridge modern classical music with rhythmic and improvisatory aspects of jazz, guided by his dedication to exploring the saxophone’s genre-defying capabilities.

Grants & Grantees

For decades this suburban university gallery has presented exhibitions of a quality and field-wide significance well beyond what one might expect, given its size and location.

Grants & Grantees

With a commitment to contemporary craft and design that is broad and inclusive, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is carving out its own space in the museum landscape.