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Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia

1/2: Terry Adkins, Blanche Bruce, and the Lone Wolf Recital Corps perform The Last Trumpet as part of the Performa Biennial 2013. Photo courtesy of the Estate of Terry Adkins and Salon 94, New York.
2/2: Philadelphia City Hall courtyard, 2014. Photo courtesy of Paul Farber.

This project will pose the question: What does a 21st-century urban monument look like? The centerpiece of this exploration, overseen by curators A. Will Brown, Ken Lum, and Paul Farber, will be a temporary monument designed by the late, award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania professor Terry Adkins, to be installed in City Hall’s central courtyard. Adkins’ monument addresses the traumatic wave of Philadelphia school closings that occurred in 2013. A Center City storefront “lab” located in walking proximity to the monument will serve as project headquarters, where participating artists and curators will brainstorm and instigate ideas for “the appropriate monument for Philadelphia in the year 2014.” This project will precede a planned Philadelphia monument festival, to take place in 2016 or 2017.

As an extension of its Pearl Street and Social Practice Lab programming, Asian Arts Initiative invites volunteers to work with Chinatown North and Callowhill residents and neighbors, in maintaining cleanliness in the Pearl Street alleyway.

Annabeth Rosen is a ceramist and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Frances Negrón-Muntaner is a filmmaker and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

A new print publication on curatorial practice from the Center featuring contributions from Carlos Basualdo, Peter Eleey, Helen Molesworth, Hou Hanru, and many more.

At the time of Occupy Wall Street, the Center commissioned this essay by Moore, one of the instigators of The Real Estate Show, a 1980 exhibition in New York’s Lower East Side on gentrification and property ownership.

The Center’s 2013 grant to the Johnson House, a National Historic Landmark and a major African-American historic site in Philadelphia, is featured in the Philadelphia Tribune.

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Nina Simon is executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in California and author of The Participatory Museum.

Artistic Director Nichole Canuso likes to explore “dances that celebrate the awkwardness, humor and surprise in human experience.”

In 2011, Vox Populi received support from Center to research the new generation of so-called “alternative” art spaces. In this conversation, Vox Populi Executive Director Andrew Suggs discusses his discoveries.

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The Eleone Dance Theatre produced Americana in collaboration with former members of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company.

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“I’m interested in the landscape for political reasons, environmental reasons…things that have to do with us and our society right now,” says painter and 2008 Pew Fellow Mauro Zamora.

Located in Fairmount Park, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953, using traditional techniques and materials, and moved to Philadelphia in 1958.

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Bartram’s Garden was the home of John Bartram, a Quaker farmer with a lifelong fascination with botany. Today the 45-acre garden is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Kimmel Center, Inc. collaborated with Philadelphia-based cabaret group the Bearded Ladies on a show about the Civil War that reexamined issues of race.

The Preservation Alliance promotes the importance and appropriate use of historic buildings and landscapes in the Philadelphia region.

Alien She, the touring exhibition on the influential global punk feminist movement of Riot Grrrl, has received recent media attention from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets.

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Sojin Kim is a curator and special assistant to the director at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Cliveden, an 18th-century historic site once owned by the Chew family, envisioned new interpretive strategies and a series of programs based on its history of enslavement.

Boomershine has presented his work at Movement Research and Danspace Project, and he arranges and develops workshops and creative/educational residencies for and with Lucinda Childs.

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change is scheduled to perform at Love Park, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Philadelphia Inquirer featured the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts’ fundraising campaign for its Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts project.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James lectures about her residency and introduces her recent projects and ongoing research.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will identify and implement optimal strategies for integrating contemporary art into all areas of the museum’s work and connecting with 21st-century audiences.

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Hou Hanru is a Chinese-born art critic and curator, as well as the artistic director of the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome.

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Becky Birtha is a writer and a 1993 Pew Fellow.

The Philadelphia Folklore Project will work closely with local Liberian artists to develop “pop-up” public performances that interpret the Liberian immigrant experience through music and song.