Among the largest art museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals from all over the world, due in part to its extensive holdings of the work of Marcel Duchamp, as well as its extraordinary Constantin Brancusi sculptures. The Museum is also well known for its Art After 5 series, where Wayne Shorter and his quartet debuted a new work, Lotus, in front of over 4,000 attendees in spring 2010—both the performance and the original commission supported through Center funds. Center support has made possible a number of significant exhibitions at the Museum, including retrospectives on the work of Barnett Newman and Arshile Gorky; a mid-career survey of photographs by Philadelphia-based Zoe Strauss; an exhibition examining the influence of Duchamp on John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg; and a reinstallation of the Museum’s South Asian Galleries. In 2015, the Museum was awarded an Advancement grant to support Creative Africa, an extensive exhibition and performance series centered on historic and contemporary African art. In 2016, with Center support, the Museum will present Philadelphia Assembled, an interactive, socially-engaged, performance and installation project developed in collaboration with Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk.
Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle and theater artist Charlotte Ford presented a post-apocalyptic absurdist tale of human extinction.
At its 2013 festival, FringeArts presented a new composition by New York-based ensemble So Percussion, an experimentation in combining musical composition with theatrical improvisation.
Dan Byers is Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Byers contributed to the Center’s 2013 publication Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field. He was a 2014 panelist and a 2015 LOI panelist, both in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.
The White Box Residencies invited outside artists to creatively explore and interact with the Center’s physical space.
As an extension of its Pearl Street and Social Practice Lab programming, Asian Arts Initiative invites volunteers to work with Chinatown North and Callowhill residents and neighbors, in maintaining cleanliness in the Pearl Street alleyway.
Ken Vandermark’s primary creative emphasis is the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation.
FringeArts presented the US premiere of Operetta by acclaimed playwright Witold Gombrowicz, directed by Michał Zadara, with new music by Leszek Możdżer.
The Barnes Foundation’s Center-funded exhibition, Yinka Shonibare: Magic Ladders, was highlighted in The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and more.
The artistic leadership of Pig Iron’s School for Advanced Performance Training developed evaluation methods and procedures to assess the school’s effectiveness in preparing alumni for professional careers.
Andrew Horwitz is a writer, producer, curator and creative strategist with over 20 years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit creative sectors.
Pew Fellow Sueyeun Juliette Lee’s poetry questions concepts of birthright, lineage, and homeland, investigating relationships between people and the places they inhabit.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted a tour of the locations of billboards upon which Zoe Strauss’ photographs were displayed during Zoe Strauss: Ten Years.