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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.

Grants

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Event

Alien She is the first exhibition to critically examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl, the widely influential but briefly lived global punk feminist movement.

Visual artist and 2014 Pew Fellow Brent Wahl works primarily in photography and time-based mediums, transforming everyday materials and detritus into mesmerizing compositions.

Paul Hostetter is the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities at Columbus State University, and is a conductor for the Sequitur Ensemble and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will perform a pop-up concert at the Philadelphia Folklore Project’s 27th Birthday Bash.

William Williams is a photographer and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Organization

Scribe Video Center is a place where individuals and communities learn media-making, exploring video as both an artistic medium and as a tool for progressive social change.

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.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Jamaaladeen Tacuma has been named as a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in residence, the 2013 Pew Fellow poets read at San Francisco State University, and much more.

Montgomery County Community College presented four concerts with African popular artists who derive their music from native traditions while incorporating western instruments and techniques.

Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

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Andrea Cooper is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is a theater artist, director of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

The Invisible City project will consist of extensive oral history research, conducted with artists, critics, and curators active in the city’s little-known avant-garde visual arts community of the 1960s and 1970s.

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has organized a panel discussion around the topic of the rail corridor, as part of its programming for Katharina Grosse’s psychylustro.

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.

Grants

In 2008, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Penn Institute for Urban Research develops knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable and inclusive 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places.

People

Jens Hoffmann is the deputy director for exhibitions and public programs at The Jewish Museum in New York City.

The Barnes Foundation’s Center-funded exhibition, Yinka Shonibare: Magic Ladders, was highlighted in The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and more.

People

Craig Barton is a professor of architecture and urban design and director of the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

Organization

Act II Playhouse produces classic and contemporary plays and musicals in suburban Ambler, Pennsylvania.

People

Shanti Thakur is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Swenbeck is a 2013 Pew Fellow and visual artist, and his fascination with the macabre has filtered into his idiosyncratic sculptures, paintings, photographs, and installations.

Five Acts: Chronicles of Dissent, exhibited at Marginal Utility in winter 2012, examined the ways in which social movements and dissenting individuals convey their mission.

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Scott Rigby is a visual artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.