Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents “Schmart World,” a series of programming that celebrates and examines the rough and incandescent world of radical collective making.
For the fifth program of the “Schmart World” series, Whitney Kimball presents the work of Jenny Drumgoole, a video artist and accidental activist who has gotten involved with labor and morale issues with Philadelphia sanitation workers. The “Trash Collectors Ball” is part of an ongoing series of radical and celebratory events bringing attention to various struggles of urban sanitation workers. Drumgoole was shooting a video on the streets of Philadelphia and asked her local trash collectors to help her with one of the scenes. The workers obliged, and were so gracious that Drumgoole decided to thank them with a surprise party with refreshments, snacks, and party favors. The event “Happy Trash Day!” was a success, and became a recurring phenomenon over the course of several months. Hovering between birthday party, hardcore fan club culture, and social practice performance like Mierle Ukeles’s “Touch Sanitation,” each party grew more wild and memorable than the last. As Drumgoole got to know the workers, she found out that Philadelphia’s sanitation union hasn’t gotten a raise or a new contract in more than five years. Drumgoole received her MFA in photography from Yale University.
The AUX Curatorial Fellowships have been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
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Fall begins with a lively schedule of Center-funded projects, including ambitious artistic collaborations, performance premieres, exhibition openings, and experimental installations.
“I’m interested in how personality is replacing gender in how people are defined,” says 2009 Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin, an innovative video artist who creates phantasmagorical media installations.
On March 23, 2012, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage hosted Alan Brown of WolfBrown, and Brad Erickson and Clayton Lord of Theatre Bay Area, for an event that presented an important national study on the “intrinsic impact” and value of the arts.
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened to the public in 1954 and is located in the former home of brothers Philip and Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, international dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts.
Donald Nally is conductor of The Crossing, a professional chamber choir focused on new music.
Made up of over 100 local Quaker Meeting communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Eastern Maryland, the Arch Street Meeting House is a regional hub for the Quaker community.
Sarah Felder’s solo performance piece combined comedy, juggling, and multi-media projections to address societal discomfort around mental illness.
In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”
Justin Witte is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents a gallery talk by textile scholar Dr. Linda Eaton, the John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at the Winterthur Museum.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) announced today its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. Marking the Center’s 10th year of grantmaking, a total of more than $9.6 million will provide funding for 12 new Pew Fellowships, 34 Project grants, and three Advancement grants.
In this excerpt from the publication for Temple Contemporary’s Funeral for a Home, Sue Bell Yank offers a first-person account of the “home going” memorial for the house at 3711 Melon St.