Center Grantees Make National News: The Mann Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, PRISM Quartet, and More

1/3: Surgical Clinic and Health Center, Léo, Burkina Faso, 2014, designed by Francis Kéré. Photograph courtesy of Kéré Architecture.
2/3: Performers maneuver the larger-than-life puppets in preparation for the North American Premiere of Firebird: Reimagined. Photo courtesy of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
3/3: Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Trisha Brown’s O zlozony/O composite. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy of Pennsylvania Ballet.

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.”

Read more about Creative Africa in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Architectural Record, and Wallpaper Magazine.

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.”

Performers maneuver the larger-than-life puppets in preparation for the North American Premiere of Firebird: Reimagined. Photo courtesy of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

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.”

Hear more about Seven Responses on WHYY, WRTI, and WXPN.

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in Trisha Brown’s O zlozony/O composite. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, courtesy of Pennsylvania Ballet.

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.”



Montgomery County Community College presented this four-concert series featuring Grammy Award winner David Sanchez, Paquito D’Rivera, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and Marlon Simon.

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Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers is one of the country’s foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies, celebrating the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit.

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Linda Cordell is a visual artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.

The Happy Show, presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, focused on Stefan Sagmeister’s 10-year exploration of happiness and was conceived as a series of interactive investigations on the subject.

Choreographers Reggie Wilson and Faustin Linyekula discuss the role of “place” in their artistic practices.

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The Leah Stein Dance Company is committed to making dances spontaneously, rigorously, in collaboration, and in connection with the moment, often as site-specific works.

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Philadelphia Theatre Company produced the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s backstage period work about opera composer Vincenzo Bellini and the opening of his final opera.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the President and CEO of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, which presents the history and cultures of the Wabanaki people. She served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2015.

Four films commissioned through the Center-funded project The Great Migration: A City Transformed will be presented at the 2016 BlackStar Film Festival.

A web-based keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines, In Terms of Performance features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars.

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Working with colored thread and thousands upon thousands of knots, 2007 Pew Fellow Ed Bing Lee transforms a simple material and a common technique into a unique form of contemporary fiber art.

Alisa LaGamma, curator of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Met, discusses historical and contemporary African textiles and their use in contemporary art.