AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Sonia Sanchez (1993) was honored at the 2014 Teer Spirit Awards Gala on June 18. The awards, named after the founder of National Black Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, recognize visionary individuals in the National Black Theatre community. Read more >
EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
A retrospective of Emmet Gowin’s (1994) photography is on display at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France, on view until July 27. Read more >
Candy Coated’s (2002) pop-up “Magic Carpet” has been installed at Eakins Oval by Philadelphia’s Association for Public Art. At 450 feet long by 80 feet wide, NewsWorks says, it is “plainly visible via Google Earth.” MyPhillyAlive also praises the park, calling it “a magical environment of color, pattern, illusion and movement.” Eakins Oval, Philadelphia, open until August 17.
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Stacy Levy (1992) continues phase two of a sculptural installation at Mission Reach in San Antonio, a massive structure that resembles “an octopus with curved arm walls spinning out in all directions.” Mission Reach, San Antonio, Texas. Read more >
Syd Carpenter’s (1992) More Places of Our Own is on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The sculptural exhibition explores issues related to African American farms and gardens. African American Museum, Philadelphia, on view until August 17. Read more >
The recently released film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prominently features Charles Burns’ (1994) graphic novel Black Hole. Read more >
Sarah McEneaney (1993) is this year’s juror for the Woodmere Art Museum’s 73rd Juried Exhibition. “It’s sort of a slice of Philadelphia contemporary art,” she says. Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, on view through September 1. Read more >
Uri Caine (2003) performs with Dave Douglas on Friday, July 25, at Ars Nova Workshop. The performance celebrates the artists’ new album, Present Joys, an exploration of the Sacred Harp tradition, released on July 22 from Greenleaf Music. Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, July 25 at 8 p.m. Read more and get tickets >
Mary Lattimore (2014) will perform in Philadelphia with electronic musician Jeff Zeigler on July 28, in anticipation of their forthcoming album from Thrill Jockey, Slant of Light. The duo will continue their tour in Brooklyn and Chicago, on July 29 and September 25, respectively. PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, July 28. Read more >
PUBLICATIONS AND RECORDINGS
Russell Davis’ (2008) play The Day of the Picnic is now available from Broadway Play Publishing. The play evokes a contemporary retirement home and then takes off into the surreal. Read more >
Rachel Blau DuPlessis (2002) has released Interstices, a new book of poetry from Subpress, exploring being through time and language. Read more >
Frank Sherlock’s (2013) new book, Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, has just been released from ixnay press. Read more >
Poet rob mclennan reviews Emily Abendroth’s (2013) new book, ] EXCLOSURES [, calling it “a remarkable book […] pushing against a wide array of forced cultural, economic, social and sexual boundaries.” Abendroth was also interviewed at The Rumpus, describing ] EXCLOSURES [ as “a way to think through [the] dynamics and devastations” of anti-prison work.
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The Huffington Post reviews performances by Pablo Batista (2000), Raphael Xavier (2013), and Bobby Zankel (1996) at The Kimmel Center. Read more >
West Philly Local recognizes West Philadelphians Fatu Gayflor and Ted Passon for their 2014 Pew Fellowships awards. Read More >
NewsWorks profiles Fatu Gayflor (2014) and her work with the Center-funded Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change. Elisabeth Perez-Luna writes, “[Gayflor’s music] speaks of the collective legacy of grief and violence many Liberians carry with them as immigrants and refugees.” Read more >
The Philadelphia Inquirer raves about new compositions from Robert Maggio (1999) and James Primosch (1996), performed by The Crossing. Read More >
Something Else Reviews praises Uri Caine’s (2003) new album with Dave Douglas, Present Joys, from Greenleaf Records: “It feels as if Douglas and Caine had a private, warmhearted meeting of minds and we were allowed to listen in on it.” Read more >
Uri Caine (2003) is also the subject of several profiles and rave reviews from the Philadelphia Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Jewish Exponent, WRTI, and the Delaware County Times, in connection with his Center-funded Freedom Festival commission, “Gospel Meets Symphony.” Read our newsroom post >
Nadia Hironaka (2006) and Matthew Suib (2011) receive positive reviews in the Philadelphia Inquirer and theartblog for their show at Philadelphia’s Locks Gallery, “Mirrors, Marks, and Loops,” on view through July 26. The show is also a Critics’ Pick on Artforum.
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Thomas Gibbons’ (1997) play Uncanny Valley, performed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, is reviewed in the “Curtain Up!” column at Communities Digital News. Terry Ponick admires the “radical sophistication of its intellectual content.” Read more >
WHYY features Jane Irish (2011) in a Friday Arts video, in which she discusses the connection between her day job as an arts administrator and her work as a painter. Watch the video >
NewsWorks features Vera Nakonechny (2008) and her work in Ukrainian embroidery, following her NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Read more >
Stephanie Smith joined the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, in 1999, and is now deputy director and chief curator.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented 12 performances; each featured a world or regional premiere performed by leading ensembles.
We asked the 2013 Pew Fellow poets to share samples of their work. Watch Frank Sherlock read a selection from his poem “Little Sensation.”
The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum is committed to supporting local composers and developing new markets for their music.
Richard Torchia is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow, and the director of the Arcadia University Art Gallery.
Performance Senior Specialist Jeff Arnal looks to Philadelphia experimental trio Many Arms as he explores how musical groups form collective sounds.
The oldest art museum and school in the United States—founded in 1805—the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts includes among its notable faculty and alumni Mary Cassatt and David Lynch.
Daniel Tucker is an artist, writer, and organizer who develops documentaries, publications, and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge.
Kyong Park is an architect, artist, urban theorist, and activist, whose research and artistic practice focus on urban landscapes and contemporary social geography.
In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Mark Shetabi is a visual artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.