Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s ongoing, multi-part Creative Africa project, supported by a Center Advancement grant, was featured in a wide range of media outlets, including BBC News, The New York Times, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Praising the exhibition as “richly textured” and “sensational,” The Times wrote: “[Philadelphia] can lay claim to being in the middle of a full-fledged African art summer.”
Bryn Mawr College’s retrospective Trisha Brown: In the New Body culminated in a Pennsylvania Ballet performance of Brown’s postmodern work O zlozony/O composite. The performance was reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times, which lauded the work as “a gorgeous mix of modern parallel positions and balletic movement.”
PRISM Quartet’s Color Theory concerts, featuring new commissions performed by PRISM and the ensembles Partch and Sō Percussion, were reviewed in The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. In its review, The Times commended the project’s musical collaborations for their “intriguing palette of sounds that included tone colors never heard before.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Broad Street Review, and other local news outlets covered The Crossing’s Seven Responses, which presented seven new commissions created in response to Dieterich Buxtehude’s Jesu Membra Nostri. The Inquirer heralded the project as “one of the new-music events of the year,” while Broad Street Review called the combination of early music and new music “a spectacular example of the wealth this dialogue of the eras can add to our cultural life.”
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts’ production Firebird: Reimagined, a collaboration between The Philadelphia Orchestra, puppeteer Janni Younge, and Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, received its world premiere on July 20. In its review, The Philadelphia Inquirer called the work “a bracing beauty,” and wrote: “The multimedia work is a big artistic statement sourced in an unlikely marriage of aesthetics.”
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University holds an opening reception for Here: Stories from Selinsgrove Center and KenCrest Services.
Neysa Grassi is a painter and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Kate Valk is a founding member of New York-based theater collective Wooster Group, and has performed with the group for nearly four decades.
The Kimmel Center presented a four-day program with Black Grace, all-male dance ensemble known for fusing traditional Pacific cultures with contemporary dance.
Three concerts showcased classical Carnatic music of Southern India.
Performance art, pop-up storybook design techniques, and a cinematic score will combine in a visual theater work for children and adults devised and performed by Phillips, in collaboration with visual artist Steven Dufala and composer Juan Gabriel Turbay.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Pastora Galván.
WRTI spoke with Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser about the company’s final offering of the 2012–13 season.
Four films commissioned by Scribe Video Center through its Center-funded project, The Great Migration, will be screened at the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival.
Jan Howard was appointed curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2000.
Poet, critic, and teacher Claudia La Rocco addresses the question “Should we dance in museums?” She argues that dance must be “contextualized in a larger curatorial framework.”
Two Center-funded projects, Funeral for a Home by Temple Contemporary and *Jason Rhoades: Four Roads” by the Institute of Contemporary Art, published limited-edition art books.