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.

Michael Auping is currently the chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, known for his ambitious thematic and monographic exhibitions.


Historic Germantown is a collaborative of 15 historic houses, museums, and landscapes in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.


The University of the Arts operates within an urban setting that affords a unique perspective on incorporating innovative design into the public realm in a fast-changing city.

People’s Light & Theatre Company’s project brought six playwrights from across the country to the theater’s campus to develop new work inspired by the region’s diverse communities.

Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Vijay Iyer created a site-specific installation in Eastern State Penitentiary, a once abandoned 19th-century prison.

Gabriel Martinez is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Brian Phillips (Pew Fellow, 2011) is founding principal of Interface Studio Architects, based in the South Kensington area of Philadelphia.

First Person Arts prototyped a project which brought together diverse groups of people to create “museum exhibitions” that documented their lives.

Pianist Marilyn Nonken is known for performances that explore transcendent virtuosity and extremes of musical expression.

As part of the programming related to the Alien She exhibition at Vox Populi, artist Beth Heinly will run a two-day zine workshop at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

The Center’s publication, Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World, received media attention from a number of publications.

This groundbreaking exhibition presents the early artwork of Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s.

People’s Light will collaborate with the National Theatre of Scotland to develop research and the building blocks for a theater piece that explores the question: What is meaningful work in the 21st century?

A panel of specialists from New York and Philadelphia auction houses and galleries will explore the mounting interest for mid-century modern furniture.


For over 25 years, Network for New Music has been dedicated to commissioning and performing music by living composers.


Composer Lee Hyla’s musical background includes extensive experience as a pianist in new music, rock, and free improvisation.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a tour of the locations of billboards upon which Zoe Strauss’ photographs were displayed during Zoe Strauss: Ten Years.


Nunally Kersh works as an independent consultant and producer. Most recently, she served as senior producer of Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC.

Tacita Dean speaks about time’s myriad forms, from the geological and the celestial to the biological or the structural.

This month in Fellows Friday news: King Britt is named a 2014 SPACES resident at the Village of Arts & Humanities, Marshall Allen celebrates Sun Ra’s 100th Birthday, and much more.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is is a natural history museum dedicated to providing free public education in science.

Noyes, director of the Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State University, shines light on many issues of authorship within folk practices, including notions of conservatism vs. freedom of expression.


David Allison is the Manager of Visitor Programs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art looked back on a decade of the work of Zoe Strauss with a mid-career retrospective and the Billboard Project, which showcased Strauss’ work all over Philadelphia.


Robert Storr has been a professor of painting and dean of the School of Art at Yale University since 2006.

Billy and Steven Dufala discuss the planning and design of a public funeral and memorial service of an abandoned Mantua home, set to take place in May 2014.