Self-Organized Spaces on Their Own Terms

1/2: Self-Organized Artist Spaces Conference: Remake/Remodel break out session with Dana Bishop-Roo of Transformazium, Ben Furgal of Magic Pictures, and Dave Kyu of Practice Gallery, 2013. Photo courtesy of Vox Populi.
2/2: Self-Organized Artist Spaces Conference: Remake/Remodel entrance, 2013. Photo courtesy of Vox Populi.

Vox Populi, founded in 1988 as an artistic collective that supports the work of its members, teamed up with then-recently formed, Brooklyn-based curatorial collective Cleopatra’s to explore the current role of artist-run spaces within the broader artistic community. The two groups surveyed and then convened founders of about 40 new alternative and artist-run spaces in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, in order to foster a dialogue and identify points of connection and overlap. The discussion was originated by the members of the spaces themselves and not more seasoned academics, museum curators, or critics at a remove from the on-the-ground realities of running them, distinguishing this effort from other attempts in the field. Vox Populi, which has evolved over the years to support curated exhibitions as well as members’ shows, is using the results of this process to inform and evaluate future directions for its programs and exhibitions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Stolfa is executive director of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Artist Hank Willis Thomas discusses seeing the world “through a photographic mindset.”

“My thinking as a curator has been informed by ‘other lives’ that I’ve been fortunate to live and I continue to think about exhibitions from the perspective of what’s new that can be brought to the table.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Elizabeth (Elee) Wood, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a practitioner and scholar in the field of informal and non-formal learning in museums and community settings. She served as a Center heritage panelist in 2012.

In an effort to deepen visitors’ curiosity about the arboretum’s plants, architecture, and history, the Morris Arboretum will develop mobile technology that provides instant access to a wide variety of content.

Grants & Grantees

Vox Populi presented a group exhibition with guest-curator Malik Gaines that explored various tactics for representing the complex, contradictory legacies of cultural difference.

Grants & Grantees

Albert C. Barnes founded The Barnes Foundation in 1922 in Merion, Pennsylvania, to house his growing collection of modern art, African sculpture, and metalwork.

Grants & Grantees

This exhibition of contemporary art by seven artists serves as the complement to another exhibition of the library’s outstanding collection of Fraktur: Pennsylvania German folk artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Choreographer Stephen Petronio and artist Janine Antoni on how visual arts organizations can invite audiences into performative experiences.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jan Howard was appointed curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2000.

Grants & Grantees

Anthony Smyrski and Dan Murphy, the artist duo that constitutes Megawords, worked with four European artists to plan for the creation of a roving media production lab.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Music critic Tom Moon has written about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and world music for more than three decades.