Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Grantees Make Artforum’s Best of 2013 Picks

1/5: Carlos Basualdo, the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, stands before Jasper Johns’ painting According to What (1964) in Dancing around the Bride. Photo by Constance Mensh, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
2/5: Former members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform in a Cunningham Event in the Philadelphia Museum of Art galleries during the exhibition Dancing around the Bride. Left to right: Emma Desjardins, Melissa Toogood, John Hinrichs, Marcie Munnerlyn, and Brandon Collwes. Dancers appear courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust. Photo by Constance Mensh, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
3/5: Jason Rhoades, Garage Renovation New York (CHERRY Makita), 1993, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media.
4/5: Jason Rhoades, Sutter’s Mill, 2000. Courtesy of the Estate of Jason Rhoades; Hauser & Wirth; and David Zwirner, New York/London.
5/5: Ryan Trecartin, 2009 Pew Fellow. Still from Trecartin’s Pew Fellow short film, directed by Glenn Holsten.

Projects funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Dancing Around the Bride and the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, made several top 10 lists in Artforum’s Best of 2013 December issue. Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin’s installation at the 55th Venice Biennale was also included in the issue.

Dancing Around the Bride: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Marcel Duchamp, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) in 2012-2013, made three top 10 lists in Artforum, including those of critics Okwui Enwezor, Julia Peyton-Jones, and Daniel Birnbaum. While Peyton-Jones included the Barbican’s showing of the exhibition, it originated at the PMA under the curatorial direction of Carlos Basualdo.

Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, the first major museum exhibition of the lates Rhoades’ work, opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia in late 2013. Though it will travel around the country in 2014, its inaugural showing at the ICA, curated by Ingrid Schaffner, was included on former Artforum editor-in-chief Jack Bankowsky’s top 10 list. 2009 Pew Fellow Ryan Trecartin’s installation at the 55th Venice Biennale, which included an immersive environment of several new video components, also made an appearance on Bankowsky’s list.


A multimedia exhibition exploring the history and impact of the Great Migration (1916–30) on Philadelphia, when blacks fled the South for economic opportunities in the Northern states.

Grants & Grantees

The Slought Foundation developed a research and mentoring initiative that partners West Philadelphia youth with architecture and design students from the University of Pennsylvania.

In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, photographer Emmet Gowin shows his work at the Morgan Library and Museum, and jazz pianist Matt Mitchell and choreographer Susan Rethorst are awarded Doris Duke Impact Awards. Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma will pay tribute to the late Ornette Coleman, and visual performance artist Kate Watson-Wallace gives an interview on the evolution of her practice.

Collaborators & Colleagues

royal hartigan is a percussionist, pianist, and tap dancer. He has studied and performed the music of Asia, Africa, Europe, West Asia, and the Americas, and is versed in the traditions of African American blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, and jazz. He served as a Center Performance panelist in 2014 and a Performance LOI panelist in 2015.

The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, features The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, established with arts colonies throughout North America.

In 2015, Fellows performed and exhibited their work at theaters, festivals, and in museums around the globe, received prestigious awards, and garnered international media attention.

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The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and leading centers of science education in the US.

Artist, writer, and organizer Daniel Tucker presents Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements.

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Gabriel Martinez is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sigrid Nunez has published several novels and her work has appeared in several anthologies, including two Pushcart Prize volumes.

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.

Grants & Grantees

In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.