Fall Visual Arts Preview: Cai Guo-Qiang’s Lanterns on the Parkway, the Monsters and Science of Frankenstein & Dracula, New Monuments for Philadelphia, and More

21 Aug 2017

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Philadelphia Assembled at Urban Creators. Photo by Tim Tiebout.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

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Monument Lab, Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, The Franklin Institute, augmented reality demonstration. Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute.

The Philadelphia region’s fall arts calendar includes a range of exciting exhibitions—from projects that activate public spaces, to installations that amplify community voices and reinterpret history. See our roundup below, and visit our events page to discover more projects coming this season.

Philadelphia Assembled Exhibition
September 9–December 10

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a culminating exhibition of its city-wide project, created in collaboration with Dutch visual artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and hundreds of regional artists and community members. The exhibition in the Perelman Building joins art and civic engagement to explore Philadelphia’s changing landscape and tell a story of community building.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies
September 14–October 8

The Association for Public Art teams up with internationally recognized Chinese contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang to present an interactive, large-scale installation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, featuring 27 customized pedicabs made up of hundreds of glowing handcrafted Chinese lanterns. The projects kicks off with a one-time-only light and movement performance directed by Guo-Qiang on September 14.

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies, 2017. Photo by Jeff Fusco, courtesy of Association for Public Art.

Breath Beneath
September 14

The pilot performance for PRISM Quartet’s discovery project investigates the artistic possibilities that arise at the intersection of saxophone music, interactive technology, and durational visual art, featuring new collaborations by a slate of filmmakers, programmers, designers, and composers.

Monument Lab
September 16–November 19

A public art project by Mural Arts Philadelphia features over 20 temporary artworks displayed in public spaces around the city of Philadelphia, responding to the guiding question: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?”

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Monument Lab, Mural Arts Philadelphia. Photo by Steve Weinik, courtesy of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor
September 30–March 4

Through augmented reality, The Franklin Institute enhances the visitor experience and brings to life 2,200-year-old artifacts from the burial site of China’s first emperor. Accessed through a mobile app, the technology uses computer-generated imagery that depicts what the exhibition’s ancient statues and artifacts may have looked like when they were first built.

Making/Breaking the Binary: Women, Art, & Technology 19681985
October 8–December 8

Curator Kelsey Halliday Johnson’s multi-part project features an exhibition, film screenings, and workshops that survey a generation of pioneering female artists and relate their work to the technology innovators who helped shape the information age.

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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, The Franklin Institute, augmented reality demonstration. Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute.

Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science
October 13February 11

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s exhibition explores the genesis of two cornerstones of gothic horror in the context of nineteenth-century science and scientific ethics. Pages of the handwritten manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be displayed for the first time alongside Bram Stoker’s personal notes for Dracula.

Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration
Through November 2018

Eastern State Penitentiary’s interactive exhibition, which received the 2017 “Excellence in Exhibitions” award from the American Alliance of Museums, sheds light on the current state of incarceration in America and encourages audience reflection and dialogue around complex issues of crime and justice.