In the News: Performances and Exhibitions from Eastern State Penitentiary, RAIR, Ryan Trecartin, and More

1/3: The Big Graph, from the south. Photo by Nicole Fox, courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.
2/3: A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
3/3: Alex Da Corte, Garlic Pussy, 2011. Mixed media, 120 x 96 x 24”. Photo courtesy of the artist.

A number of projects from grantees and Pew Fellows have garnered extensive national and regional press coverage in recent weeks.

Eastern State Penitentiary’s new exhibition Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration was featured in an article by The Associated Press, which was picked up by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and others. “In a transformation that began modestly a few years ago, the penitentiary that housed such notorious criminals as gangster Al Capone and bank robber ‘Slick Willie’ Sutton is completing a retooling of its programming to place a major focus on growing questions about the effectiveness of America’s prison system,” writes the AP.

Read more about Prisons Today in The Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY.

The Wall Street Journal profiled Recycled Artist in Residency’s (RAIR) ongoing project Live at the Dump, which will bring live performances by artist Martha McDonald to the Revolution Recovery recycling facility. In the article, McDonald expressed her excitement for the project, saying “whenever I get pushed out of my comfort zone, interesting things can happen.”

A Fierce Kind of Love. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

American Theatre published a feature on A Fierce Kind of Love, a play commissioned by the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, writing that the work “offers a new perspective on living with a disability.”

Read more about A Fierce Kind of Love in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, and WHYY.

Arcadia University’s exhibition Pati Hill: Photocopier closed on April 24, following a successful run and a number of media reviews. For Hyperallergic, Meredith Sellers wrote, “I felt a stunning empathy for these images of daily life, laid bare on the cold, smooth glass of a hulking electronic machine, contextualized by snippets of writing that dipped in and out of memory, metaphor, wit, and the kinds of fleeting thoughts one thinks but never utters aloud.”

Read more about Pati Hill: Photocopier in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Art News, and artblog.

Alex Da Corte, Garlic Pussy, 2011. Mixed media, 120 x 96 x 24”. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Free Roses, an exhibition by 2012 Pew Fellow and visual artist Alex Da Corte at MassMoCa, received positive reviews from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and others. The Times called the exhibition “the most ambitious show of [Da Corte’s] career,” while The Boston Globe described the works as “taut, camp, blindingly bright, and simultaneously open-hearted and scathing.”

Read more about Da Corte’s Free Roses in Artforum and Philadelphia Magazine.

Guitarist David Frick lauded 2011 Pew Fellow and musician Chris Forsyth’s latest album in Rolling Stone, writing: “Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band pack ‘The Rarity of Experience’ with great spirits, then deliver on every expectation.”

Read more reviews of Forsyth’s album in The New York Times and NPR.

2013 Pew Fellow and visual artist Ryan Trecartin’s recent exhibition with Lizzie Fitch at Andrea Rosen Gallery was reviewed in Artsy, where Ian Epstein noted that, “as viewers embark on one of several possible routes through the exhibition and gain access to Fitch and Trecartin’s dark, overwhelming world, the experience may become comparable to being a tourist in a big city without a map. As time elapses within the exhibition, a sense of suspense prevails, leaving the viewer yearning for answers and consumed by the chase.”

Read more about Trecartin’s exhibition in Art in America and Artnet News.



Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company takes Shakespeare’s tale of mistaken identity off-Broadway.

The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia produced the album Higdon, Clearfield, Primosch: Metamorphosis on Innova Recordings.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in musical composition. She began touring with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1992, and in 1997, she co-founded the MATA Festival.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in Philadelphia in 1980, Piffaro performs 15th- through 17th-century music.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Through more than 100 published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is well-established as a major figure in contemporary music.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is the city’s public library, with 54 locations serving more than six million users annually.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education commissions art that more directly fulfills its missions of land preservation, restoration, and education.

This month’s digest includes a BOMB Magazine interview with Chris Forsyth, international attention for Ryan Trecartin’s collaborative video installation at London’s Zabludowicz Collection, and a list of “must-see painting shows” from New American Paintings stocked with Pew Fellows.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Robert H. Browning, born in Singapore and educated in London, was the founding director of New York City’s World Music Institute, a position from which he retired in 2011.

Composer Mike Bullock presents the inauguration of the Philadelphia Embassy of the international art project, The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland (KREV).

Monument Lab hosts a public conversation, on the ways in which architecture and public art tell the story of the city.

Grants & Grantees

María Teresa Rodriguez is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.