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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, 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.

Organization

Fleisher Art Memorial is a community arts organization dedicated to the ideal that people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds have a right to experience art.

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Dr. Anthea M. Hartig is executive director of the California Historical Society. Previously, she spent six years with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Brenda Dixon Gottschild completed research and writing for her book, which tells the story of Joan Myers Brown and the previously unwritten 20th-century dance history of black Philadelphia.

The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University was established in 1974 and works to advance the full societal inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

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Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer whose videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and in two Whitney Biennials.

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

Brooklyn-based performers Liftig and Cleary present an evening of performance rooted in comedic and ecstatic engagements of the everyday.

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Sojin Kim is a curator and special assistant to the director at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

“My thinking as a curator has been informed by ‘other lives’ that I’ve been fortunate to live and I continue to think about exhibitions from the perspective of what’s new that can be brought to the table.”

Working with expert advisors from a variety of fields, Wyck developed a plan for inventive future community-focused programming.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a tour of the locations of billboards upon which Zoe Strauss’ photographs were displayed during Zoe Strauss: Ten Years.

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.

AUX Curatorial Fellow Jamillah James presents a screening of The Fantasies Given to Us May Never Be Fixed, followed by a performance from Philadelphia-based artists Kris Harzinski and Will Haughery.

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Shawn McBride is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Sruti presented two concerts that explored the influence of native and folk traditions upon Carnatic (South Indian classical) music.

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As curator of visual arts at MASS MoCA since 2006, Susan Cross has organized a string of major exhibitions.

Whitney Kimball, Vox Populi’s third AUX Curatorial Fellow, presents a film by video/performance artist Miles Pflanz and sound artist Kate Levitt, as part of her “Schmart World” series.

Funeral for a Home has sought to generate critical thinking, discussion, and action around issues of housing redevelopment and preservation in Philadelphia. The project has received extensive media attention.

Katharina Grosse’s epic psychylustro—a five-mile-long “painting” sprayed intermittently along a stretch of train tracks in northeast Philadelphia—challenges a number of assumptions about the role of both painting and public art. Interested in understanding how the project might be evaluated from different disciplinary perspectives, we invited a painter and an urbanist to share their thoughts.

Published in 2006, What Makes a Great Exhibition? is vital reading for arts professionals, art and curatorial studies students, art historians, practicing artists, and anyone curious about exhibition-making today.

The library that Benjamin Franklin founded—one of the first in the country—is the only University of Pennsylvania institution to have been in continuous operation since 1750.

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Thelma Golden has been the director and chief curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem since 2000.

In an article for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Trust Magazine, Tom Infield explores how the Center fulfills Pew’s long-standing commitment to arts and heritage in the region by supporting projects that reach a wide range of audiences.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is the city’s public library, with 54 locations serving more than six million users annually.

Pieranna Cavalchini is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art, where she has organized over 20 exhibitions.

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.