The New Year will bring a multitude of ambitious Center-funded projects that innovate, inspire, and expand the possibilities of artistic discovery and expression. These performances, exhibitions, and public programs will feature both local and international artists, engage community voices, respond to pressing social issues, and more. Here’s a sampling of what is to come in 2016.
MacArthur Fellow and visual artist Ann Hamilton will debut a tactile bidding, an ambitious new textile installation, for The Fabric Workshop & Museum’s first major off-site exhibition. (Fall 2016)
Opera Philadelphia will commission Breaking the Waves, a chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier. (Fall 2016)
Independent curator Lee Tusman’s Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray will premiere an album-length composition by New York-based composer Jace Clayton, informed by the artworks of The Barnes Foundation and Albert Barnes’ extensive record collection. (June 2016)
Artists at the Forefront
Pati Hill: Photocopier, at Arcadia University, will offer the first comprehensive exhibition of the early works of the late Pati Hill, an American artist and writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s. (February 23-April 24)
Bryn Mawr College’s year-long retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, will culminate with Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of O Zlozony/O Composite (2004), making Pennsylvania Ballet the first American ballet company to perform Brown’s choreography. (June 9-12)
Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts will bring acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz to Philadelphia for a 12-day residency and public presentation of his performance piece Levée des conflits (Suspension of Conflicts), co-presented by FringeArts. (Fall 2016)
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center will present Hank Willis Thomas: Philadelphia Block Project, a multi-phase engagement and exhibition in which conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas will recreate a North Philadelphia city block with 1:1 scale photographs and invite the community to create a crowd-sourced neighborhood image archive. (Spring-Fall 2016)
The Kimmel Center, Inc. will present Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, a thought-provoking work of music, poetry, and video conceived by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer and poet, performer, and librettist Mike Ladd, which will illuminate the lived experiences of minority Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. (April 22)
The Village of Arts and Humanities will host accomplished West African social practice artists Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Olanre Tejuoso for SPACES: International Artist Residency Initiative, a residency in which the artists will collaborate with North Central Philadelphians to create a public art project. (Winter 2015/Spring 2016)
In Common Touch, the Library Company of Philadelphia’s artist-in-residence and Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes will curate a multisensory exhibition based on the Library Company’s historic collection of pre-Braille texts for the visually impaired. (April 4-October 21)
Obie award-winning playwright Ain Gordon will premiere Unpacking a Psychiatrist: The 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous, a play that profiles Dr. John Fryer, a pioneer of the LGBT rights movement, developed as part of An Artist Embedded in History, a two-year residency with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (Spring 2016)
Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR) will present RAIR: Live at the Dump, a site-specific series of films, performances, and discussions intended to increase public awareness of the waste stream and the role of art in shaping social and environmental consciousness. (April-June)
Over our first decade, the Center has been privileged to fund extraordinary work by our dynamic and talented community of practitioners. As we reflect on our history and set the stage for the future, we invite you to take a brief, retrospective journey with us through a lively video that looks back over this period.
Christoph Cox is Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College. He is the author of Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (California, 1999), and co-editor of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg, 2015) and Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004).
Ingrid Schaffner, curator of Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, will deliver a public lecture on Jason Rhoades at The Kitchen, in New York, to launch the exhibition catalog, Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, published this summer.