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, Paul Farber, and Ken Lum, 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 in the spring of 2015. Adkins’ monument addresses the traumatic wave of Philadelphia school closings that occurred in 2013. A Center City storefront “lab” also located at City Hall, which also opens in the spring of 2015, will serve as project headquarters, where participating artists, curators and Philadelphia citizens will brainstorm and instigate ideas for the appropriate monument for contemporary Philadelphia. This project will precede a planned Philadelphia monuments festival, to take place in 2017.
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The Institute of Contemporary Art set about organizing the first posthumous survey on the art of Jason Rhoades, consulting with the artist’s colleagues and collectors.
Steven Lubar is a professor in the department of American Studies at Brown University, and teaches in Brown’s Public Humanities program. He was a Center heritage panelist in 2013, and an LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2015.
This interactive, site-specific program invited audiences to explore a Northeast Philadelphia recycling facility from the artist’s perspective, with a series of films, performances, and discussions focused on increasing public awareness of the waste stream and the role of art in shaping social and environmental consciousness.
Pew Fellow and former Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez leads a poetry workshop exploring the history of Johnson House, Philadelphia’s only intact stop on the Underground Railroad.
McClodden’s interdisciplinary work traverses documentary film, experimental video, sculpture, and sound installations, to explore elements of race, familial histories, and social change.
Spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, 2012 Pew Fellow Dan Blacksberg pushes at the technical and textural extremes of his instrument, the trombone.
A tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum and Studio, organized by the James A. Michener Art Museum as part of Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism.
In Terms of Performance features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice.
Temple Contemporary’s Center-funded reFORM project, on view through May 2016 at Tyler School of Art, continues to garner media attention, including a New York Times feature.
The Morris Arboretum is home to more than 12,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,500 types, several historic buildings, and a collection of historic and contemporary sculpture.
Rochelle Steiner is a curator, writer, public art producer, and professor of critical studies at the University of Southern California in the Roski School of Art and Design, where she was dean from 2010 to 2012. In 2015, Steiner served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.
“What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” Five temporary public artworks, created by artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and Alexander Rosenberg, and on-site “laboratories” for public feedback will consider this question and notions of monumentality within the civic sphere.