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Photo Credit: Matthew Christopher

Ernel Martinez and Keir Johnston working on their installation at the Museum on July 4th

Hemmed Up: Meet the Artists

Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 pm

Acclaimed Philadelphia-based artists Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez of Amber Art Collective have been hard at work over the past month developing Hemmed Up for the inaugural year of the Museum’s OPEN for Interpretation artist-in-residence program. Inspired by the American Jewish relationship to the textile industry and the broader themes of immigration, labor, and struggle that it represents, the artists applied a unique color-coding system to texts from the exhibition where each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a fabric color. The result? Come see for yourself!

Filmmaker Kevin Shields came along for the ride and has created a short film of their experiences.

Now you can meet all three artists as you take a close-up look at their fabric-based centerpiece, Hemmed Up: Stories through Textiles (July 9 – August 25), with firsthand insights from the artists, and an opportunity to view the film about this unique endeavor.

Registration encouraged
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Be a part of the project!
Visitors who celebrate July 4th at the Museum will have the opportunity to pull up a chair and hand-stitch fabric with the artists in the final days before installation, helping to add the finishing touches to the final piece of art.

Join us for Pay What You Wish Wednesday Nights at the Museum!
On Wednesdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Museum will stay open until 8:00 pm. Admission after 5:00 pm is pay-what-you-wish.

Event type:Exhibitions