Person of the Crowd: Classes and Workshops

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Sanford Biggers, Hangman’s House, 1998. Book, nails. 8 x 12 inches. Object used in Suburban Invasion (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?). Collection JP Morgan Chase Art Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

As part of its multi-part project Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, The Barnes Foundation will host two educational classes on the history of performance art and urban exploration.

Person of the Crowd captures city life through a gallery exhibition, newly commissioned public installations and performances, and citizen-created photos and videos. Featuring over 50 artists including Marina Abramović, Jenny Holzer, Zhang Huan, and the Guerilla Girls, the project invites audiences to become contemporary flâneurs through activities such as photography and walking tours.

See the full schedule of classes below.

Persons of Interest: A History of Performance Art
Mondays, February 6- March 6 at 6 p.m. (4 classes)
Temple University art history professor Matthew Feliz leads a course on the history of performance art, exploring how its development informed the work of a wide range of 20th-century artists, from Marcel Duchamp to Marina Abramović.

Detour: Histories of Urban Wandering
Mondays, April 17-May 8 at 6 p.m. (4 classes)
Urban historian and curator Paul M. Farber presents a course on urban wandering, investigating why walking remains a singular form of urban exploration.


Located in Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Philadelphia and the region and is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia, and the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.

Grants & Grantees

Poet and 2013 Pew Fellow Emily Abendroth’s poetry encourages readers to discover difficult truths woven into social, cultural, and physical realities.

The Center publication, What Makes a Great Exhibition?, is now available as an eBook through Amazon.

Grants & Grantees

AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

In the first iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater examines artistic process in collaboration with choreographer Tere O’Connor.

Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned renowned saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter for a new work inspired by the museum’s East Asian art collection.

Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival has come to an end, but the positive reviews keep pouring in. Recent media attention includes features in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Grants & Grantees

Levy’s performance practice and compositions bridge modern classical music with rhythmic and improvisatory aspects of jazz, guided by his dedication to exploring the saxophone’s genre-defying capabilities.

Temple Contemporary’s Center-funded reFORM project, on view through May 2016 at Tyler School of Art, continues to garner media attention, including a New York Times feature.

The first film series on this scale dedicated to the sexual revolution, International House Philadelphia will present more than 40 commercial and underground films in early 2014.

Performance artist Zachary Fabri will present a performance work consisting of a series of walks and performative actions exploring the process of mourning in response to African American murders.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, a neighborhood-based nonprofit arts and cultural organization in Houston’s Northern Third Ward.