Back to All Events

Unpacking History: Four Decades of Contemporary Art Making at FWM with Executive Director and Curator Susan L. Talbott

  • Center for Architecture and Design 1218 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

Executive Director and Curator Susan L. Talbott will expound upon FWM’s 40th anniversary exhibition, Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation, highlight FWM’s renowned Artist-in-Residence program, history of innovation, and honor Founder Marion Boulton Stroud’s significant contribution to the world of international contemporary art. Process and Practice features a timeline of the synergistic and inventive processes of artwork produced at FWM through the lens of the Museum’s unique collection of Artist Boxes containing research, sketches and notes by some of today’s most celebrated artists. Talbott will discuss her curatorial research and diverse leadership experience in contemporary art institutions that enrich the scholarship, visibility and relevance of the pioneering work produced in FWM’s Studio.

About Susan L. Talbott
Susan L. Talbott became The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s second Executive Director in 2016 following her retirement as Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. Previously, Talbott was Director of Smithsonian Arts, Washington, DC, and in that capacity also served as Acting Director of the National Museum of African Art. Throughout her 40 year career, she held other museum directorial positions and curated numerous exhibitions including Patti Smith: Camera Solo; My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation and Fred Wilson: Memory.

Major support for Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation is provided by the Coby Foundation, Ltd., with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joy of Giving Something, Inc., the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Center for Architecture and Design which supported this program.

Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

For questions about this program, please contact The Fabric Workshop and Museum at or (215) 561-8888.