The Fabric Workshop is one of the best places in Philadelphia to see contemporary art, a central but overlooked gem! Around the corner from Chinatown and Reading Terminal, this is a must see if you enjoy the art of now.
Though first created in the 70s as a home for the creation and display of textile art, the museum’s focus has expanded over the decades to embrace all media.
Rotating exhibits feature video art, painting, and sculpture as well as fiber art. Installations often feature the works of the museum’s talented artists in residence. Their shows tend to be experimental and conceptual in nature.
The Fabric Workshop does much to support and foster arts education, from sponsoring international artists in their space to sponsoring educational outreach to local schools.
Because the museum is small and rarely crowded, I enjoy ducking in for short visits when I am in the area for lunch or errands. Exhibits are spaced out on multiple floors, and staff are usually happy to talk to you about the exhibit and answer questions.
The galleries are welcoming, and the Fabric Workshop’s shows are always thought-provoking, whether they feature weavings, mixed media, or experiential installations where visitors interact with the artist’s vision. Step into this small museum, and step out of the ordinary.