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.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.
Donna Graves is a historian and cultural planner with over 20 years experience developing public history projects that document and interpret unrecognized histories.
Barbara Bullock is a painter and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
Following the opening at Vox Populi, an Alien She and Riot Grrrl-inspired concert will take place at Johnny Brenda’s.
Located in Fairmount Park, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953, using traditional techniques and materials, and moved to Philadelphia in 1958.
Press keeps pouring in for psychylustro, a large-scale public art project by Katharina Grosse and Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and set to be unveiled on May 17.
A series of programs intended to generate public conversations around the connections between race, science, and social justice.
Marian X is a playwright and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
Gray Area considers preservation in light of new economic realities, demographic shifts, technological changes, and environmental pressures.
Rick Baker, the manager of Jason Rhoades’ studio, discusses the challenges of reconstructing the artist’s work after Rhoades’ death in 2006.
Robert Storr has been a professor of painting and dean of the School of Art at Yale University since 2006.
In conjunction with the recent Center-funded retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, we invited author and art critic Douglas Crimp and MoMA PS1’s Peter Eleey to reflect on Brown’s influential choreographic practice.
Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company of Philadelphia is America’s oldest cultural institution and was once the largest public library in America, until the Civil War.