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, 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.


Ars Nova Workshop, a free jazz and experimental music presenter, has programmed nearly 500 events since 2000, often in atypical settings.

Deborah Schwartz is president of the Brooklyn Historical Society, a nationally renowned urban history center, founded in 1863.


Frito Bastien is a visual artist and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

Framing Fraktur explores the relationship between traditional fraktur and the work of seven contemporary artists presented through two simultaneous exhibitions this spring. The exhibition will be mounted at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library, and is free and open to the public.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance commissioned the Miss Rockaway Armada, an internationally recognized group of artists and performers from all over the country, to install a building-wide exhibition.

Vox Populi and AUX Performance Space will host Ann Hirsch and Jacolby Satterwhite in conversation, organized by AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James.

Throughout Dancing around the Bride’s run at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the exhibition received media attention from a number of publications.


Jean Isaacs is the artistic director of San Diego Dance Theater and the founder of Trolley Dances.


Living and working in Philadelphia for 25 years, 2011 Pew Fellow CAConrad’s work falls between poetics, performance, and pedagogy.

On Monday, June 16, 2014, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage honored its 2014 grantees. Browse our slide show for exclusive photos from this celebratory event.

As artistic director of Philadelphia’s Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Lewyckyj oversees performances that combine Ukrainian and American dance aesthetics.

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.

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 Association for Public Art is the nation’s first private, nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating public art and urban planning.

Alien She, the touring exhibition on the influential global punk feminist movement of Riot Grrrl, has received recent media attention from the Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets.


Since January 2007, Nato Thompson has been chief curator at Creative Time. He served as a Center panelist in 2008 and an evaluator in 2010.

Founded in 1973, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to providing every Pennsylvanian with access to the humanities.

The Rosenbach opened to the public in 1954. Its Americana collections include letters and writings of figures such as Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Grant, and others.

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.

Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is home to 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items.

At the time of Occupy Wall Street, the Center commissioned this essay by Moore, one of the instigators of The Real Estate Show, a 1980 exhibition in New York’s Lower East Side on gentrification and property ownership.

This project takes a novel approach to city planning, using theater and the arts to inform an eventual plan of action to revitalize Chester’s historic Deshong Park.

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.

Choreographer and performer Jennifer Monson is the founder of New York City-based iLAND: Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will identify and implement optimal strategies for integrating contemporary art into all areas of the museum’s work and connecting with 21st-century audiences.

Scribe Video Center worked with scholars and community representatives to discover stories, partners, and contributors for a project about the history of Muslim life in Philadelphia.