Fellows Friday News: Awards for James Ijames and Jenny Sabin, David Scott Kessler Screens His New Film, Linh Dinh Publishes Book of Photos and Poetry

1/9: James Ijames, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
2/9: Installation view of the PolyThread knitted textile pavilion, designed by Jenny E. Sabin, commissioned for Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
3/9: Laynie Browne, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
4/9: Brent Wahl, 2014 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
5/9: Lela Aisha Jones, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.
6/9: Matthew Levy, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo Ryan Collerd.
7/9: Merián Soto, Branch Dances at the Barnes Foundation (2013), dancers Marion Ramírez and Jung Woong Kim. Photo by LBrowningPhotography.
8/9: Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz, courtesy of Center Theatre Group.
9/9: David Scott Kessler, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news, playwright James Ijames receives a Whiting Award, filmmaker David Scott Kessler presents a screening of his film The Pine Barrens, poet and visual artist Linh Dinh publishes a new book featuring photographic postcards and poetry, and architect Jenny Sabin wins the Museum of Modern Art and MoMa PS1’s 2017 Young Architects Program.

Awards and Commissions

Playwright James Ijames (2015) is one of ten recipients of the 2017 Whiting Awards, an award of $50,000 given annually to “exceptional new writers,” based on “early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come,” according to the organization. Ijames’ newest play WHITE receives its world premiere at Theater Horizon, April 27-May 21. Read more>>

Architect Jenny Sabin (2010) was selected as the winner of the Museum of Modern Art and MoMa PS1’s 2017 Young Architects Program. This summer, Sabin will create Lumen, a temporary installation in the MoMA PS1 courtyard, built from responsive material known as “knitted light.” Read more>>

Poet Laynie Browne (2014) and visual artist Brent Wahl (2014) have been commissioned by Friends of the Rail Park and The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy’s Percent for Art Program to create a new site-specific installation at the Viaduct Rail Park. Read more>>

New Releases

Visual artist and poet Linh Dinh (1993) recently released a new book, Postcards from the End of America, published by Penguin Random House. The work documents the people and places Dinh has encountered throughout his travels across the country through photographic postcards and poetry. Read more>>

Composer Matthew Levy (2016) and PRISM Quartet will release their latest album Paradigm Lost with a series of concerts in Philadelphia and New York on April 1 and 2. Read more>>

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) published bird-poem (after biggers), a new poem by Yolanda Wisher (2015) that responds to work by the interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers, whose work was on view in ICA’s recent exhibition The Freedom Principle. Read more>>

On Stage, On View, and On Screen

Filmmaker David Scott Kessler (2015) will hold a screening of his ongoing film project The Pine Barrens on April 1 as part of the 2017 Princeton Environmental Film Festival. The screening will be complemented by a performance by The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra, creators of the film’s score, and a Q&A with Kessler. Read more>>

Works by visual artist Mauro Zamora (2008) are on view in the group exhibition Light & Matter: The Photographic Object at the James A. Michener Art Museum, through June 25. Read more>>

Choreographer Merián Soto (2015) presented a new performance work, Modes!, at Snug Harbor in Staten Island, NY on March 25. The work summarizes Soto’s improvisational methodology, called “modal practice,” that has informed her artistic practice for over 20 years. Read more>>

Choreographer Lela Aisha Jones (2016) presented The Body Wails, The Body Restores, a multi-day series of discussions, demonstrations, and performances, at The Painted Bride Art Center on March 16 and 17. The series featured performances by African dance scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild, choreographer Vershawn Ward, and Jones’ dance company FlyGround. Read more>>

In The News

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on filmmaker Heidi Saman’s (2016) feature film debut Namour, which was recently acquired for distribution by ARRAY and was released in theaters and on Netflix on March 14. Read more>>

Hyperallergic reviewed a performance of theater artist Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) one-man play The Object Lesson at New York Theatre Workshop, writing: “As a performance artist, Sobelle is first-rate, and the vignettes that make up this show are stunningly choreographed.” Read more>>

The Philadelphia Inquirer published a review of the group exhibition Due South at Delaware Contemporary, which features work by visual artist Jane Irish (2011) and filmmaker David Scott Kessler (2015). Read more>>


Grants & Grantees

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984, most recently showcasing the work of choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as John Jasperse and Urban Bush Women, and international artists Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi.

Grants & Grantees

Steve Rowland is a music documentarian and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Visual artist and Pew Fellow Caroline Lathan-Stiefel on creating large-scale installations from ordinary objects, work-life balance, and more.

Pew Fellow Teresa Jaynes hosts a discussion about her artistic and curatorial process, in conjunction with the exhibition Common Touch.

Grants & Grantees

Classically trained on the harp since age 11, Mary Lattimore (Pew Fellow, 2014) incorporates experimental techniques and technologies into her music, thereby extending the conventions of her instrument.

Originally created with Center support for the 2012 FringeArts Festival, Georgia Tech Arts now presents Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

Grants & Grantees

Lecoq-trained theater artist and 2006 Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle is dedicated to the sublime ridiculous.

Grants & Grantees

In 2006 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 73 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.

Grants & Grantees

Justin Cronin is a writer and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Edmunds, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, is The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s first visiting scholar. Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director, spoke with her about the opportunity.

This project will pose the question: What does a 21st-century urban monument look like? The centerpiece of this exploration will be a temporary monument designed by the late, award-winning artist Terry Adkins.