action is primary: Dinner Parties

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Meg Foley. Photo by LBrowning Photography.

In conjunction with the Center-funded exhibition and performance series action is primary, Pew Fellow and choreographer Meg Foley hosts two dinner parties. Part performance, part discussion, and part party, these events invite attendees to discuss the project’s improvisational practice with core collaborators Meg Foley, Kristel Baldoz, Marysia Stokłosa, and Annie Wilson.

The first dinner party will be held on March 17 at 5:30 p.m. at W/N W/N Coffee Bar, and will be hosted by curator and writer Michèle Steinwald. The second event will be held on a yet-to-be-determined date during the exhibition.

View the full schedule of performances and events here


A concert series celebrated the music and life of the Philadelphia jazz trumpeter and composer Clifford Brown.

WXPN’s yearlong project explores the origins and evolution of zydeco, a form of African-American roots music that blends Cajun traditions, blues, and R&B. On Saturday, December 6, Zydeco Crossroads welcomes Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble to District N9NE for a free dance party, complete with pre-show dance lessons from Louisiana’s Harold Guillory.

Collaborators & Colleagues

As the artistic consultant to the Roundabout Theatre Company and as a Tony Award-winning producer, Robyn Goodman is widely recognized for discovering and supporting influential artists early in their careers.

Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland revisits the work of choreographer William Forsythe and his efforts to re-substantiate what he calls its “trace” in the world.

Grants & Grantees

Tobin Rothlein is a dance artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.

Questions of Practice

The founding artistic director of Portland, Oregon’s ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre, Rohd explains that some of his greatest artistic satisfactions result from an intentional “collision of brains.”

Setting the stage for the performances of Trisha Brown’s Early Works at the Barnes Foundation, Susan Rosenberg, scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, offers an overview of Brown’s career at the crossroads of dance and visual art.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dan Byers is Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Byers contributed to the Center’s 2013 publication Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field. He was a 2014 panelist and a 2015 LOI panelist, both in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.

Grants & Grantees

Teresa Jaynes is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s Center-supported book on Joan Myers Brown received a great deal of media attention upon its release.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 1992, Astral Artists plays a vital role in the discovery and development of gifted classical musicians.