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.


The Happy Show, presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, focused on Stefan Sagmeister’s 10-year exploration of happiness and was conceived as a series of interactive investigations on the subject.

Mural Arts and SEPTA’s “Love Train,” featuring Stephen Powers’ Center-funded Love Letter project, received national media coverage from news outlets including CNN and MSNBC.

Grants & Grantees

Molly Russakoff is a poet and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Amada Cruz is The Sybil Harrington Director of the Phoenix Art Museum.

In 2011, playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith spoke at a Center-hosted event about the evolution of her one-woman show.

Grants & Grantees

Ron Tarver is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

As part of the ongoing interdisciplinary project Endless Shout, acclaimed musician, composer, and scholar George Lewis presents a series of performances and discussions.

Commemorating the first major survey of artist Barbara Kasten’s work, on view at the ICA, Barbara Kasten: Stages is now available. Edited by curator Judith Tannenbaum in conjunction with the exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the vividly-illustrated publication Framing Fraktur reinterprets and reframes fraktur.

This Center-funded project, which will celebrate the life of a single Philadelphia-area row home before it’s razed in May, is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

An array of imaginative public installations and creative community programs led by local artists and historians introduced audiences to the rich architectural heritage of the three-mile Philadelphia Rail Park, and culminated in a summer 2016 installment of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s popular Pop Up Garden.

Grants & Grantees

Established in 2004, Jazz Bridge is a hybrid nonprofit organization joining performance presentation with professional support services for regional jazz and blues artists.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bill T. Jones is an artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, as well as the founder of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and executive artistic director New York Live Arts.