Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie

The Barnes Foundation

2016
$300,000

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Displacement performance by Tania Bruguera as part of Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie at the Barnes Foundation, May 4, 2017. Photo by Greenhouse Media.

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Installation of Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, 2017. Photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation.

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Throwing Hexes performance by Ayana Evans as part of Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie at the Barnes Foundation, May 6, 2017. Photo by Greenhouse Media.

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Wilmer Wilson IV, detail from CHANNEL (2017). Photo by Allison McDaniel, courtesy of the artist.

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Allan Espiritu, I Fall Deeper and Deeper and It Gets Sweeter and Sweeter, Over and Over series, 2016–17, digital color prints on paper. Photo by Eric Sison, courtesy of the artist.

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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.

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Pope.L, The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street (Whitney version), 2001. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.

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Installation of Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, 2017. Photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation.

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Displacement performance by Tania Bruguera as part of Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie at the Barnes Foundation, May 4, 2017. Photo by Greenhouse Media.

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Allan Espiritu, I Was So Blind I Could Not See, Over and Over series, 2016–17, digital color prints on paper. Photo by Emilia Randler, courtesy of the artist.

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Wilmer Wilson IV, detail from CHANNEL (2017). Photo by Allison McDaniel, courtesy of the artist.

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Zhang Huan, My New York: performance, 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Photo courtesy the artist.

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Virgil Marti, Doppelganger, installation view, The Barnes Foundation Main Gallery. Photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation.

The Barnes Foundation presented Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, a project that captured city life in novel ways through a gallery exhibition, newly commissioned installations and performances in unexpected Philadelphia locations, and citizen-created photos and videos on display at the museum. With the city as its subject, the project engaged contemporary artists to bring art directly into the city's neighborhoods. Flânerie, a 19th century term, refers to the act of strolling, with all of its accompanying associations, and this project invited audiences to become contemporary flâneurs through activities such as photography and walking tours. Contemporary works were juxtaposed with a survey of historically significant art of modern and postmodern eras, offering a new perspective on the contemporary relevance of the museum's permanent collection—including artists such as Degas, Monet, Picasso, and Renoir, who painted "modern life" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.