Public Poetry Reading by Natalie Shapero
Friday, December 2, 2016 6:00–7:30 pm
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
About the Event
Natalie Shapero will be reading from her forthcoming book Hard Child to be released in 2017 by Copper Canyon Press. A contributing poet for Ann Hamilton’s exhibition newspaper, Shapero will speak about her writing process as it relates the themes of Hamilton's habitus.
For questions about the event, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at (215) 561-8888 or email@example.com.
About Natalie Shapero
Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. She is the author of the poetry collections No Object (Saturnalia, 2013), and Hard Child (Copper Canyon, 2017), and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, The Nation, and elsewhere.
About the Exhibition habitus
Cloth making—among the oldest forms of human cultural production—provides inspiration for Ann Hamilton’s project, habitus, located at The Fabric Workshop and Museum at 12th and Arch Streets, and Municipal Pier 9 at North Columbus Boulevard and Race Street. habitus weaves text, textile, and image together as mediums for an imaginative and tactile exchange between artist and audience.
The museum’s galleries display Hamilton’s selection of historical objects—including literary commonplace books, textile sample books, dolls, and needlework portfolios—borrowed from Philadelphia museums and public collections. Printed passages from published writings referencing the social and material life of textiles, and collected through an open call to the public at cloth · a commonplace, will be available free to museum visitors.
In the vast space of Municipal Pier 9 on the Delaware River, visitors propel a field of gigantic cylindrical curtains to billow to gigantic proportion. As cloth swaddles us at birth and covers us in sleep; as a folded blanket can tell a story of trade; as a flag carries the symbol of a nation, Hamilton’s multi-venue exhibition habitus invites us to touch and be touched by the fabric of human experience.
For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit FWM's website.
Major support for Ann Hamilton: habitus has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The Coby Foundation, Ltd., the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Shipley-Miller Foundation, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, which allowed the use of their warehouse for this project and provided invaluable support.