Fellows Friday: Zoe Strauss at the Carnegie International, Social Seating Structures by Brian Phillips, and More

Zoe Strauss, Homestead Portrait Studio, part of the series Homesteading, a multifaceted collaborative project based in Homestead, PA, including an installation of photographic prints and video projections at Carnegie Museum of Art. Commissioned by the Carnegie Museum of Art for the 2013 Carnegie International. Photo by Greenhouse Media.

Exhibitions and Events

Photographer Zoe Strauss’ (Pew Fellow, 2005) Homestead Portrait Studio, a project of the 2013 Carnegie International, is in full swing. The Carnegie International is the Carnegie Museum of Art’s signature survey series, a preeminent exhibition of new international art in the United States, which opens October 5 in Pittsburgh, PA. Throughout the past year, Strauss has been assembling images, historical documents, cabinet cards, and other ephemera related to Homestead, PA, which she has gathered in the entrance area of her pop-up portrait studio. More information >

Pure Contraption, Absolute Gift, a work for piano by composer James Primosch (1996) that premiered in April of this year, will be performed at Smith College in Northampton, MA on September 29 and in Boston, MA on October 2. The premiere of his A Flutist’s Sketchbook takes place October 22 in Philadelphia. More information >

Urban Jewels: Denyse Thomasos’ Big Canvases, 1993–1999, an exhibition of paintings by Denyse Thomasos (1995), is on view at the Maclaren Arts Centre in Ontario, Canada through November 3. More information >

Heartthrobs, avatars, playboys and warriors, an exhibition of embroidered x-rays by Matthew Cox (2008), is on view at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia through October 19. More information >

Fellows in the News

University City District of Philadelphia unveils Looped In, an innovative new social seating structure that encourages gathering and interaction, designed by Brian Phillips (2011) and Interface Studio Architects. Looped In debuted on September 6 at the Porch at 30th Street Station. More information >

Philly.com reports that writer Jay Kirk (2005) was “sent to Romania by Harper’s Magazine to find the descendants of the Romanian peasants who played for and influenced composer Béla Bartók. The journey into darkness would only comprise one part of his next book, excerpted as ‘Bartók’s Monster’ in the October issue of Harper’s.” Read more >

The Institute of Contemporary Art’s (ICA) blog, Miranda, recently posted a profile of ceramicist Paul Swenbeck (2013), who is also the ICA’s chief preparator: “He points out the magic circle in the piece, the staging area for familiars, the Plexiglas and shadow spirits drifting through the space.” Read more >

Publications & Recordings

Poets Frank Sherlock (2013) and Carlos Soto-Roman worked with musician Kinan Abou-afach (2013) to compose No Formal Space for Intimacy. The audio piece accompanies their statement about the project on the literary blog, Jacket2. More information >

Grants & Grantees

Paul Fierlinger is an animator and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Erin Bernard is a curator, community artist, public historian, and the creator of the Philadelphia Public History Truck.

Composer Vijay Iyer and librettist Mike Ladd on creating “multi-voiced” performance projects that draw on veterans’ personal narratives.

Blacksberg, a trombonist, composer, and 2012 Pew Fellow and Gutkin, a historical musicologist, sought to “sonify” the everyday environment of an office space and conducted various musical experiments.

Grants & Grantees

Headlong Dance Theater produced Improvisation Lab, an interdisciplinary movement project that involved choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and Dan Rothenberg of Pig Iron Theatre Company.

Grants & Grantees

Yolanda Wisher’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) writing addresses both artistic and community-oriented pursuits. The founder and director of the Germantown Poetry Festival, she is dedicated to poetry as a performative, public act, capable of producing environmental and social change.

Three concerts showcased classical Carnatic music of Southern India.

Grants & Grantees

Laurence Salzmann is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Pig Iron Theatre Company will create a melodrama inspired by the aesthetic of theater legend Charles Ludlam, founder of Greenwich Village’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company.

Grants & Grantees

In 2005 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 66 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater.

An opening reception for Ann Hamilton’s multi-venue exhibition habitus will be held at two locations: The Fabric Workshop and Museum and Municipal Pier 9.