March Events: Contemporary Folk Arts to Postmodern Photography

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Barbara Kasten, Construct 32, 1986, 40 x 30 inches, Cibachrome. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Gert and Uwe Tobias, Ohne Titel (untitled). Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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The Liberian Women's Chorus for Change in concert at the Cedar Works, West Philadelphia, 2013. Photo by Toni Shapiro-Phim.

This month, experience fraktur-inspired contemporary art, a queer-feminist dance party, musical peacebuilding, and postmodern aesthetics in one-day-only events and ongoing exhibitions. Keep up with Center-funded events all year long at our Events page, for arts and culture action all over Philadelphia.

Framing Fraktur
March 2 and ongoing

This expansive exhibit from the Free Library of Philadelphia digs into the connections between traditional Pennsylvania German fraktur (Quill & Brush) and the work of seven contemporary artists (Word & Image). Curated by Judith Tannenbaum, these contemporary artists hail from five different countries, and will have work on view throughout the Free Library's Central Parkway Branch starting March 2.

Word & Image launches with an artist panel, which is free and open to the public. Tannenbaum will lead a conversation with Marian Bantjes, Anthony Campuzano, and Bob and Roberta Smith, whose works are part of the exhibition.

AUX Curatorial Fellowships
March 14

The AUX Curatorial Fellowship Program continues this March with an evening with Latham Owen Zearfoss, organized by Anthony Romero, the program's fourth Fellow. Romero's programming at AUX reflects his interest in documenting and supporting artist-communities whose narratives and practices are often excluded from art historical narratives and exhibitions. On March 14 Zearfoss, a decade-long political leader and cultural organizer, will present video mixtape "SPEECH! SPEECH!! SPEECH!!!: a mixtape wo/manifesto," followed by a queer-feminist dance party.

Liberian Women's Chorus for Change
March 21

Led by 2014 Pew Fellow Fatu Gayflor, the Philadelphia Folklore Project's Chorus for Change addresses issues of violence against women in Philadelphia's burgeoning Liberian community. The Chorus has held pop-up concerts and open panels in the name of community conversation.

On March 21, Dr. Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University joins the Chorus for a forum on peacebuilding and traditional arts. This open discussion will include the place of traditional and folk arts practice in reconciliation and anti-violence work, followed by a documentary screening.

Barbara Kasten: Stages
March 25 and ongoing

Ongoing at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of artist Barbara Kasten. Her cross-disciplinary work combines architectural and sculptural forms with photographic methods, and the current exhibition at the ICA includes large-scale video and light sculpture. In an interview with Artforum, Kasten said, "No one knows about my focus on spatial environments, even though they have been components of my work for a long time."

Barbara Kasten: Stages includes a series of programming around the exhibition, free and open to the public. On March 25, the ICA hosts former Memphis Group member Peter Shire and artist and designer Martino Gamper, in conversation about the current state of postmodernism.