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.

The Way of Chopsticks, on view at the Philadelphia Art Alliance through December 29, 2013, has received recent media attention from a number of publications.

The White Box Residencies, a project devised by 2011–13 Center Visiting Artist Ain Gordon, invited outside artists to creatively explore and interact with the Center’s physical space.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Uri Caine receives rave reviews for his Philadelphia Freedom Festival commission, Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib’s exhibition at Locks Gallery is a Critics’ Pick on Artforum, and much more.

Artist, teacher, and writer Odili Donald Odita studies and discusses the breadth and depth of contemporary art of the African diaspora.

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presented Basil Twist’s Petrushka and held workshops for local puppeteers, which included a tour of Twist’s studio.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania engaged stakeholder and community groups to determine how its historic building could better serve its primary constituents.

MacArthur Fellow and visual artist Ann Hamilton, whose installations incorporate textiles and fabric, will create a major off-site installation and organize a loan exhibition of historical and contemporary fabrics.


Scribe Video Center is a place where individuals and communities learn media-making, exploring video as both an artistic medium and as a tool for progressive social change.


John Corbett is a writer, musician, radio host, teacher, record producer, concert promoter, and , with co-owner (with Jim Dempsey) of Corbett vs. Dempsey art gallery in Chicago.

A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play about the fight for disability rights, will be part of a series of public programs meant to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.


An advocate and catalyst for building community capacity and understanding culture since 2003, Janeen Bryant is the vice president of education at Levine Museum of the New South.


Jazz pianist and Blue Note recording artist Jason Moran serves as Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz.

On May 31, a house in West Philadelphia will be demolished, and a group of participating artists and community leaders will stage a proper funeral for the home. We sat down with Robert Blackson, director of Temple Contemporary, for details.

The Pew Charitable Trusts announces a new culture funding strategy, placing The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage at the heart of its support for culture in the Philadelphia region.

Boston-based guest curator Lucia Sanroman has invited Cohabitation Strategies, an innovative European urban design and performance group, to work with Mural Arts on a community-driven project.

Following the opening at Vox Populi, an Alien She and Riot Grrrl-inspired concert will take place at Johnny Brenda’s.

Chinn, deputy executive director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, reflects on what it means to co-author someone else’s story.

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.


Sigrid Nunez has published several novels and her work has appeared in several anthologies, including two Pushcart Prize volumes.

Local concert promoter, writer, and DJ Sara Sherr will host two nights of “Women Who ROCK” Karaoke at Teri’s Bar in Philadelphia.

Built in Germantown from 1765–68, the Johnson House is a National Historic Landmark, documented as a site for Underground Railroad activities.

Liselle LaFrance is director of Historic Cherry Hill in Albany, New York, a historic house museum with intact collections of 20,000 objects and more, spanning five generations of the Van Renssalaer family.


Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.


“The things to me that are the most interesting,” says visual artist and 2007 Pew Fellow Adelaide Paul, “are the things that by their very nature have no answers.”


May Adrales is in demand as a freelance director, based in New York City. Her recent work includes world premieres at some of our country’s leading theaters.


Leroy Johnson (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a mixed-media artist whose work takes the form of painting, collage, and assemblage sculpture. A native of Philadelphia, his work is reflective of his many experiences in the inner city.