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.
Founded in 1973, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to providing every Pennsylvanian with access to the humanities.
W.D. Ehrhart is a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
Anthony Romero and AUX present an evening with Marisa Williamson, J. Soto, and Judith Leemann—artists from New York City and Chicago addressing a range of creative approaches to deconstructing marginalized voices.
Carol Antrom is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
Hipolito “Tito” Rubio is a musician and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
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.
Michael Grothusen is a visual artist and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Russian folktales and South African music and puppetry will unite in a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s composition for the 1910 ballet The Firebird, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets by Janni Younge of South Africa’s renowned Handspring Puppet Company.
Named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning.
The Galleries at Moore chief curator Kaytie Johnson talks with us about new audience engagement strategies, the importance of making education a participatory experience, and her vision for The Galleries in the years to come.
Emmet Gowin is a photographer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.