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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.

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Linda Cordell is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Alisa LaGamma, curator of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Met, discusses historical and contemporary African textiles and their use in contemporary art.

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SoMoS, the culmination of Merián Soto’s ambitious Branch Dance series, encouraged audiences to participate in meditative movement with the dancers.

The Barnes Foundation presented a major exhibition of work by Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare, including a new commission, plus works of sculpture, photography, painting, and installation.

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First Person Arts offers bi-monthly story slams, classes, and an annual festival dedicated to transforming real life into documentary art.

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Ron Tarver is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

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Jeff Tancil is a Brooklyn-based web designer and developer with over 12 years experience in creating interactive media.

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In 2008, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

The first comprehensive survey of Paul Evans’ work will document the artist’s critical role in the mid-century American studio furniture movement.

For the sixth program of the “Schmart World” series, AUX Curatorial Fellow Whitney Kimball presents ESP TV: Live Broadcast of Experimental Performance from AUX.

Playwright and 2008 Pew Fellow J. Rufus Caleb strives to create theater experiences that are “as visceral as they are intellectual.”

Published in 2001 and edited by Paula Marincola, Curating Now: Imaginative Practice/Public Responsibility documents the proceedings of an October 2000 symposium that addressed the state of curatorial practice.

Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, received media attention from a number of publications.

As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater.

Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in the spring and summer of 2012, was featured in the New York Times.

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Alex Da Corte (Pew Fellow, 2012) scans grocery stores, street corners, and IKEA showrooms to find materials for his assemblages and videos, which utilize everything from food to hardware.

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Eileen Neff is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

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

The Philadelphia Art Alliance’s 2011 exhibition Let Me Tell You About a Dream I Had: The Miss Rockaway Armada received media attention from a number of publications.

John Blake, Jr. (1947–2014, Pew Fellow, 2010) took his inspiration as a contemporary jazz violinist and composer from some of the genre’s greats.

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

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

The Legacy Center at Drexel holds the records of the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, which was established in 1850 as the first medical school for women in the United States.

Michael Olszewski is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

In April 2011, Nina Simon conducted a discussion and interactive workshop at the Center and shared her vision for the future of cultural institutions as personal, dynamic, and collaborative places for visitor engagement.

FringeArts partnered with Bang on a Can to present this event at its 2010 festival: a 12-hour concert that explored contemporary American compositional currents.