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On View through Sunday, January 8, 2017
Hamilton’s habitus has been described by Artforum magazine as “a materialization of the nerve center from which springs Hamilton’s tender and spectacular whimsy.” This transformation takes place over four gallery floors, where a number of the artist’s new large-scale digital prints and earlier works are juxtaposed with displays of historical objects relating to the social and material life of cloth—including literary commonplace books, textile sample books, dolls, and needlework portfolios.
The museum’s recently-opened seventh floor features a multimedia installation of two poems written by the Philadelphia-based poet Susan Stewart, which were featured as part of the massive habitus installation at Municipal Pier 9 that ran through mid-October. The poems—titled CHANNEL and MIRROR—are displayed in two ways: physically—printed on fabric strips and wound on reels—and in video, projected on the back wall of the gallery. Long shelves lining gallery walls are filled with stacks of printed pages of literary passages that refer to cloth, each submitted by a member of the public by way of Tumblr. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to take their favorites passages, thereby forming their own collections. Special binders designed by Hamilton are available in the Museum Shop. Hamilton also has created a free newsprint tabloid-style book as another take-away that feature essays by the artist and poetry by Natalie Shapero.
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