The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight for LGBT Rights Film Screening

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A group of activists held the first organized civil rights demonstrations in front of Independence Hall and Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965. Photo © Mattachine Society.

WHYY and Independence Visitor Center Corporation present the premiere of The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight for LGBT Rights, a documentary film by Ilana Trachtmen, supported by the Center. Illuminating the 50-year history and progress of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, The Pursuit highlights the powerful experiences of Gay Rights movement pioneers with interviews, archival images, and footage of leading LGBTQ figures.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., and the film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Grants & Grantees

The Kimmel Center presented the regional premiere of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play, starring Oscar Award-winning actress Estelle Parsons.

Composer Jace Clayton and Barnes Foundation executive director and president Thom Collins on presenting a site-specific performance informed by the artworks of the Barnes.

Collaborators & Colleagues

James Alan McPherson is the recipient of many national literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award.

The Center for Architecture will host a special Monument Lab preview panel and reception that is free and open to the public on Friday, May 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at their Arch Street location near City Hall.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Marian Bantjes is a Canadian graphic artist, designer, typographer, and writer. Her work was included in Word & Image, a Center-funded contemporary exhibition, part of Framing Fraktur at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2015.

This grant supported planning for a historically compatible lighting system and electrical upgrade for the Wagner Free Institute of Science’s three-story, 19th-century exhibition hall.

Collaborators & Colleagues

James Elaine is an artist and adjunct curator for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In 2008, he moved to Beijing, where he is researching China’s emerging culture and art scene.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Susan Leigh Foster is a choreographer, dancer, and scholar. Her “danced lectures” became a launching point for the third iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series.

Grants & Grantees

Built in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous prison in the world. For more than a decade, the prison has had an active contemporary art program.

Grants & Grantees

Robert Smythe is a theater artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

The new web-based publication In Terms of Performance provokes dialogue, debate, and discovery in an anthology of keywords designed to generate shared literacies.

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia is a public art and urban research project taking place at City Hall in the spring of 2015. Through a series of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, the project asks a central guiding question: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?