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.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.
Eric Johnson is a librarian by training, currently serving as head of innovative media at the VCU Libraries of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Barbara Kasten: Stages curator Alex Klein explains the significance of staging and props in Kasten’s work, in this catalogue excerpt.
Executive director of Cliveden of the National Trust, a National Historic Landmark located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
Dave Burrell is a pianist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Socially-engaged Asian American artists Dan S. Wang, Rosten Woo, Emily Chow Bluck, and Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin discuss how their heritage has informed their artistic practices.
The Painted Bride Art Center hosts a public conversation with dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula and Dr. Rizvana Bradley of Emory University. A dynamic discussion on practice, process, artistry, and social concerns will be followed by a reception.
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) announced today its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists. Marking the Center’s 10th year of grantmaking, a total of more than $9.6 million will provide funding for 12 new Pew Fellowships, 34 Project grants, and three Advancement grants.
Jeffrey Horowitz, founding artistic director of Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience, began his career in theater as an actor on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater.
An untapped aspect of the Philadelphia region’s artistic heritage will be brought to light in an exhibition of painter and photographer Charles Sheeler’s little-known fashion photography created for Condé Nast between 1926 and 1931—a body of work that significantly informed the aesthetic vision of one of American modernism’s founding figures.
Fiach Mac Conghail has led the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, as director and CEO since 2005.
The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will perform a pop-up concert at the Philadelphia Folklore Project’s 27th Birthday Bash.
A conductor of opera and of choral-and-orchestral works, Robert Porco has been the director of choruses for the Cleveland Orchestra since 1998.