Must-See Craft Exhibitions Around Philly This Fall

For Craft Show visitors already mapping out a schedule for Nov. 6—9, here’s a roundup of fine craft-related museum and gallery exhibitions worth planning ahead to see.


[FASHION] Patrick Kelly, a black clothing designer from the rural south, went from selling his designs on the streets of 1980s Paris to being carried by Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman a short two years later. A retrospective of his work, “Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love,” is on view now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through Dec. 7 and is a must-see for visiting craft artists and fashion aficionados.

[TEXTILE] From Philadelphia's The Fabric Workshop and Museum: a new exhibition centered on what stories traditional Japanese fabric processes can tell. New York-based sculptor Kazumi Tanaka's work is on view through Nov. 9, closing on the last day of the Craft Show.

[WOODWORKING] One of our Show prize sponsors, the Wharton Esherick Museum has opened their annual Woodworkers' Show, Cabinets of Curiosity, on view through Dec. 31.


[CERAMIC] Snyderman-Works Galleries wrapped up their summer sale in August, which included work from 2014 Craft Show artist Karen Gilbert, but coming up next you’ll find “Explorations in Form: Vessels by Lis Ehrenreich and Skeff Thomas.” On view through Sept. 27, even the online image gallery of these functional ceramic pieces is worth a browse.

[CERAMIC] The Clay Studio has a full line-up of exhibitions leading up to the Craft Show, but if you head over for some Old City sightseeing after a full day of browsing craft artists booths in November, you’ll find “Art and Industry: New Work by Bobby Silverman,” and “Breakfast: Curated by Bryan Hopkins.” “Pottery by Design,” an exhibition presented as part of DesignPhiladelphia 2014, will showcase the depth and breadth of design in contemporary ceramics.

[FURNITURE] With The Center for Art in Wood’s 19th year of hosting a finale exhibition for the Windgate ITE International Residency program (allTURNatives: Form + Spirit 2014, on view Aug. 1-Oct. 25) just behind them, the nonprofit will be prepping for “Rediscovering Emil Milan and his Circle of Influence,” a landmark exhibition on the midcentury designer craftsman that will open Nov. 7. 

Image courtsey of the Fabric Workshop and Museum: Kazumi Tanaka. Silk fabric made with Shibori-Zome technique (traditional Japanese resist and dye processes), 2014. Silk. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.
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