The Contemporary Caucus

The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will develop a new vision for integrating contemporary art into all areas of the museum’s work—including its historic collections. Led by curator Carlos Basualdo, the new “Contemporary Caucus” will engage staff from education, technology, marketing, communications, and the modern and contemporary art department to identify and implement optimal strategies for connecting with 21st-century audiences. Caucus members will hold a series of lectures and discussions with guest speakers from other organizations doing innovative work in this area, and will visit peer institutions throughout the United States and Europe to gain firsthand experiences of best practices in contemporary arts programming. At the end of the planning process, the caucus will circulate final recommendations—for exhibition displays, educational activities, marketing initiatives, and more—to museum staff and trustees. Results will also be published on the PMA website to further the conversation about contemporary museum experiences.1

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Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded through 2013 following which a new funding category, Advancement grants, was introduced to support substantial long-term organizational development. Learn more>>.

Demetrius Oliver: Canicular, the Center-funded exhibition at the Print Center, has received media attention from the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, ArtDaily, WHYY’s Newsworks, and more.

Grants & Grantees

Iain Low is an architect and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Michael Hurwitz is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Questions of Practice

Feasley is a self-described “landscape painter” whose work tends to be small-scale and intimate—supernatural scenes painted in rich, saturated colors that result in a hybrid of abstract and figurative art.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Stolfa is executive director of Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

Grants & Grantees

Vox Populi is a member-run artist collective that presents exhibitions, performances, and other gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related events.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Fiach Mac Conghail has led the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, as director and CEO since 2005.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in development/fundraising planning, strategic organizational planning, and senior project management for nonprofit arts institutions.

Founded in 1910, International House Philadelphia (IHP) presents cultural programs in the areas of music, exhibitions, and cinema—the latter being its flagship program.

Helen Molesworth, now chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, explains what authorship and co-authorship mean to her.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University holds an opening reception for Here: Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services.

In the third and final segment of our three-part conversation with Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, he gives us a glimpse of how he has entered into conversations at the Center and proposed alternative possibilities for our approach to our work.