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May 28, 2015 to August 24, 2015

Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat


As part of the 100th anniversary of the PAA, Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat is an exhibition that incorporates newly commissioned works by five Philadelphia-based design/build firms--Austin + Mergold, ISA, Moto Designshop, Plumbob, and Qb3--to create five separate but interrelated installations based on the history of the Wetherill mansion as well as the contemporary concept of the “house.” Each firm takes into account the ideological meanings associated with the history of domestic architecture, the original function of the building as a residence, and the physical features of the first and second floor galleries of the Art Alliance. The resulting installations are not an historical recreation of the building as a private home, but an interpretation of the concept of home—as a reflection of both social anxieties and desires—for a contemporary audience. Ultimately, the exhibition invites connections between design, architecture and conceptual art practices, bringing the usual assumptions of a design practice into the realm of installation art.

Support for Home Is Where You Hang Your Hat is provided by The Samuel S. Fels Fund, INTECH Construction, Drexel University, Saint-Gobain in North America, Stockton Real Estate Advisors, Quality Kitchen Designs and Church Brick Company.

Additional support is provided by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and members of the PAA.

Tags: architecture, design, installation