Fellows Friday News: The Object Lesson Impresses and The Barefoot Artist Premieres

1/4: Marshall Allen, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/4: Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson. Photo by Jeremy Abrahams, courtesy of The Guardian.
3/4: Raphael Xavier. Photo by Brian Mengini.
4/4: Jenny Sabin, 2010 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

This month’s Fellows news digest features Geoff Sobelle, whose Center-funded play The Object Lesson wowed New York audiences; The New York Times named it a Critics’ Pick, calling The Object Lesson a “charming and sobering” performance piece.

Watch the trailer for The Barefoot Artist, a new film about the life and work of Lily Yeh, filmed by Glenn Holsten and opening December 5 in New York City.

Marshall Allen speaks with The Philadelphia Inquirer about his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, as Sun Ra’s centennial approaches. Read on to learn more about our Pew Fellows’ work and recognition around the world.


Artists on Tour

The New York Times calls Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson “a cunning show…a ruefully, comically sentimental piece that plucks a fleeting connective poetry in the seeming randomness of what we hoard.” Playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music after an award-winning run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Object Lesson was also a NYT Critics’ Pick.

The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont presented Raphael Xavier’s (2013) Center-funded work, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, crediting him with “reinvigorating the Philadelphia hip-hop community.”


Innovations in the News

Glenn Holsten’s (1997) The Barefoot Artist, documenting the life and work of artist Lily Yeh (1992), is hailed by Broadway World as “a visually stunning and deeply emotional film.”

The New York Times calls Sarah McEneaney’s (1993) “Studio Living” show, now on view at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, “an energetic push-pull between form and narrative.”

Alex Da Corte’s (2012) collaborative Easternsports installation at ICA Philadelphia continues to garner praise. This review in The St. Claire places him in the same lineage as video artist Ryan Trecartin (2009). Da Corte also worked again with artist Dev Hynes on a new music video, “It Is What It Is,” which Paper Magazine applauds for its “magical thinking and visually striking set.”

Architect Jenny Sabin’s (2010) use of biological forms in innovative design is featured in Wired.

Ryan Trecartin (2009) co-curates The New Museum’s 2015 Triennial, and is named among ArtReview’s 2014 list of the most powerful figures of the contemporary art world. He also receives critical acclaim from The Huffington Post, for his current project with Lizzie Fitch at Regen Projects in Los Angeles.


New Releases Look Backwards and Forwards

In honor of Sun Ra’s centennial and the release of In the Orbit of Ra, The Philadelphia Inquirer interviews Marshall Allen (2012) about his life and work with the legendary jazz group.

King Britt’s (2007) new album, Strong and Independent, was just released through Playback Musik, the record label that he created as part of his SPACES residency with the Village of Arts and Humanities. Philebrity covers the release, with a link to one of the album tracks.

The New York Times cites Orrin Evans’ (2010) Liberation Blues among live jazz albums worthy of year-end lists.

Both Jenn McCreary (2013) and Frank Sherlock (2013) have poems published in the latest issue of The Brooklyn Rail.

Chris Forsyth (2011) and his Solar Motel Band are lauded in Magnet Magazine and The Vinyl District for the “expansive soundscapes” on their latest release Intensity Ghost.

Grants & Grantees

In 2006 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.

Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes his Center-supported autobiographical dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, to Chicago.

Dedicated to supporting and promoting Latin American culture, Raices Culturales LatinoAmericanas produces a variety of community programs and cultural showcases.

Grants & Grantees

Toby Twining is a musician and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 1992 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 visual arts, dance, and music artists in the greater Philadelphia region, including Odean Pope and Judith Schaechter.

Grants & Grantees

In celebration of their 140th season, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia will reconstruct Felix Mendelssohn’s 1841 revision of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, in an American premiere at Girard College Chapel.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Meiyin Wang is the associate artistic producer of The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival and Symposium in New York, which presents new and cutting-edge theatrical work from the U.S. and abroad.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s partnership with United States Artists (USA) allows Pew Fellows to participate in USA’s unique online fundraising platform to raise money and awareness about upcoming projects.

Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.

On Monday, June 16, 2014, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage honored its 2014 grantees. Browse our slide show for exclusive photos from this celebratory event.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Karen Getz is a dancer, choreographer, and theater artist with comic flair.

Questions of Practice

We asked the 2013 Pew Fellow poets to share samples of their work. Watch Frank Sherlock read a selection from his poem “Little Sensation.”