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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Founded in Philadelphia in 1980, Piffaro performs 15th- through 17th-century music.
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.
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.
María Teresa Rodriguez is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.