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.

Sheryl Robin David is a craft artist and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

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

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.

Mural Arts and SEPTA’s “Love Train,” featuring Stephen Powers’ Center-funded Love Letter project, received national media coverage from news outlets including CNN and MSNBC.


Ally will be a performance-as-exhibition, conceived by MacArthur Fellow Janine Antoni in collaboration with pioneering choreographer Anna Halprin and contemporary dance artist Stephen Petronio.

In an effort to deepen visitors’ curiosity about the arboretum’s plants, architecture, and history, the Morris Arboretum will develop mobile technology that provides instant access to a wide variety of content.

In 2013, the Center funded 52 projects, welcomed 13 new Pew Fellows, and brought to Philadelphia exemplary cultural practitioners from around the world for roundtable discussions and lectures.


A young choreographer who has already produced provocative, experimental dance works, Poe (Pew Fellow, 2011) is the founder of dance/theater company idiosynCrazy productions.

The Preservation Alliance promotes the importance and appropriate use of historic buildings and landscapes in the Philadelphia region.

Demetrius Oliver: Canicular, the Center-funded exhibition at the Print Center, has received media attention from the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, ArtDaily, WHYY’s Newsworks, and more.

Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has begun to establish relationships with its neighbors in West Philadelphia and open conversations with communities outside the university.

Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, is the founder and director of its dance program as well as the chair of the arts program.

The National Constitution Center is the only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the United States Constitution.


Independent artist Charlotte Ford developed and produced an absurdist three-person play “that magnifies our most intimate fears.”

Catherine Wood is curator of contemporary art and performance at Tate Modern.

Sze, artist-in-residence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, will speak about her work in conversation with Hal Foster and Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Carlos Basualdo, followed by a Q&A session.


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

New York-based artist Demetrius Oliver’s Print Center exhibition consisted of live-feed video projections that drew from telescopes aimed at the constellation Canis Major.

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.


Mick Moloney is a musician and folklorist, and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.


Patricia West is co-director of the Center for Applied Historical Research and a curator for the National Park Service at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site.

As part of its ancillary programming, Vox Populi will host a Riot Grrrl burlesque show with the Dead Flowers Burlesque Troupe.

“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.”

Jan Ramirez, chief curator and director of collections for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, speaks about the interpretive planning process for the museum.


Bill T. Jones is an artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, as well as the founder of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and executive artistic director New York Live Arts.

As an extension of its Pearl Street and Social Practice Lab programming, Asian Arts Initiative invites volunteers to work with Chinatown North and Callowhill residents and neighbors, in maintaining the Pearl Street alleyway.