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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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Canuso’s new solo work Midway Avenue built on research initiated with UK-based choreographer Wendy Houstoun, premiered in May 2014 as part of FringeArts’ year-round programming.

Anthony Smyrski and Dan Murphy, the artist duo that constitutes Megawords, worked with four European artists to plan for the creation of a roving media production lab.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse range of programming in a beautiful park setting.

One of Philadelphia’s smartest and scrappiest small, no-profit art spaces, Marginal Utility is known for forging long-term commitments with artists.

In 2011, Vox Populi received support from Center to research the new generation of so-called “alternative” art spaces. In this conversation, Vox Populi Executive Director Andrew Suggs discusses his discoveries.

Obie award-winning playwright Ain Gordon will “embed” himself in the Historical Society’s daily functions, in order to reflect on the processes of how history gets documented and preserved.

Kiranavali Vidyasankar is a vocalist, music teacher, and writer who comes from a lineage of legendary Carnatic (South Indian) musicians.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum shares this piece from the upcoming Sarah Sze exhibition catalog, in which the late art critic and philosopher considered Sze’s past and future art works.

Artist-in-residence Teresa Jaynes will curate a multisensory exhibition based on the Library Company’s extraordinary collection of pre-Braille texts for the visually impaired.

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Bartram’s Garden was the home of John Bartram, a Quaker farmer with a lifelong fascination with botany. Today the 45-acre garden is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

Song ErRui, the daughter of artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen, talks about her contribution to her parents’ exhibition, “The Way of Chopsticks,” at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, her life as a young artist, and artistic collaboration.

Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, on view at the International Center of Photography in New York, has received recent media attention from a number of publications.

This project allowed Cliveden to adaptively re-use Upsala (a historic home on the site of Cliveden) for office space and community programming.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents new work by Artist-in-Residence Sarah Sze in her first solo exhibition in the Philadelphia area.

Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of 10 books of poetry, a senior editor of PennSound, and the first participant in the Center’s Push Me, Pull You project.

An intimate discussion on how artists across the country are spearheading creative neighborhood redevelopment with their local community.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist, and professor Shulamit Ran is the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor in the department of music at the University of Chicago.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Vera Nakonechny is named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, Alex Da Corte exhibits at White Cube, and much more.

Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, which opens on March 1 at the Michener Art Museum, is featured in the New York Times.

Philip M. Katz, Ph.D., is the director of projects at the Council of Independent Colleges. Previously, he was assistant director for research at the American Alliance of Museums.

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.

This is Nigerian-born, London-based Yinka Shonibare’s first major Philadelphia exhibition since his artist residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004.

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Ralph Rugoff is director of the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London.

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Jan Ramirez has served as chief curator and director of collections for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City since 2006.

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Hou Hanru is a Chinese-born art critic and curator, as well as the artistic director of the MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome.

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Barbara Attie is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.