On Tour: Where to Find Center-Funded Projects Around the World in 2016

1/7: Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. Photo by Johanna Austin.
2/7: Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson. Photo by Jeremy Abrahams, courtesy of The Guardian.
3/7: Raphael Xavier. Photo by Brian Mengini.
4/7: Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Image courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.
5/7: Extinct Entities was a project focused on the long-shuttered Afro Arts Theater and involved an installation and performance series speculating about the legacy. Photo by Daniel Tucker.
6/7: Barbara Kasten: Stages, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.
7/7: Cardell Dance Theater in performance for Supper, People on the Move. Photo by Josh McIlvain.

Many Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region. Here’s a preview of the works bringing Philadelphia’s rich artistic voices to new audiences nationally and internationally in the months ahead.

The Object Lesson, a one-man play by Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle that explores our relationship to “things,” received a top award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and gained critical acclaim while touring to venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Walker Art Center, and Bard College, among others. In February, the celebrated work makes its Australian debut at the Sydney Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival.

After a critically acclaimed debut in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbara Kasten: Stages toured to the Graham Foundation as part of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The exhibition will next be seen this spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (dates to be announced soon).

Also organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, the 2012 exhibition The Happy Show, featuring large-scale installations by graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister, is on view through March 28 at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.

Following its run at Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia, curator Daniel Tucker’s exhibition and event series Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements will continue to explore questions of equity, justice, and race relations with a residency at the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, March 3–April 9.

Following performances at New York Theatre Workshop, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, a play by Pew Fellow Thaddeus Phillips about the delirious final days of Edgar Allen Poe’s life, heads south for performances at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, April 14–16.

Choreographer Silvana Cardell’s large-scale performance piece about the immigration process, Supper, People on the Move, will travel to the experimental theater La MaMa in New York City, May 14-15.

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance by hip-hop artist and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier was on stage at FringeArts February 11–13, followed by performances at Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem, PA, February 16–19.


Grants & Grantees

Losang Samten is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

The Institute of Contemporary Art set about organizing the first posthumous survey on the art of Jason Rhoades, consulting with the artist’s colleagues and collectors.

Poet and 2012 Pew Fellow Kevin Varrone (Pew Fellow, 2012) spent the past few years designing and building an app that traces the history of the Phillies, as well as his personal relationship with baseball.

Pew Fellow Germaine Ingram talks with us about the responsibilities of creating socially engaged art.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Carlos Basualdo is the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents a poetry reading by Natalie Shapero, who will discuss her writing process as it relates to themes presented in habitus.

Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is home to 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items.

Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble worked with contemporary choreographer Ronald K. Brown in an extended residency to develop new approaches to its work.

Cliveden holds an opening reception for Mixing Memories – Sharing History, an exhibition of kitchen objects and recipes collected from members of the community.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator and been the director of Contemporary Art Centre of Brétigny in greater Paris since 2003.

Warriors of the Wonderful Sound presented this project as part of Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts Series, commissioning new works from saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Steve Coleman.