Yael Bartana (working title)

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2017
$300,000

pma-yael-bartana-2017-04-web.jpg

Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Zamach (Assassination), 2011. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.

pma-yael-bartana-2017-01-web.jpg

Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Mary Kozmary (Nightmares),2007. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.

pma-yael-bartana-2017-02-web.jpg

Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Mur i wieżas (Wall and Tower), 2009. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.

pma-yael-bartana-2017-03-web.jpg

Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Zamach (Assassination), 2011. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first US commission of a site-specific public performance by Yael Bartana, an Israeli filmmaker and installation artist known for works that address the complexities of migration, memory, and identity. An accompanying exhibition will showcase the artist’s celebrated film trilogy exploring the history of Polish-Jewish relations, And Europe Will Be Stunned, which was recently acquired by the museum. The films will be presented as an immersive experience featuring light, ephemera, and archival photographs and notes. Bartana will use the exhibition themes—nationhood, belonging, and displacement—as a point of departure for her new commission, Living Monuments, centered on the intersecting histories of Jewish Americans and African Americans in Philadelphia. During several research trips, the artist will engage with community leaders, visit historic sites, and mine Philadelphia’s history to create a series of public performances she has dubbed “living monuments.” The performance will debut in fall 2018 and will be presented in collaboration with the public art organization Creative Time.

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