Mural Arts Philadelphia

1/9: Michael Rakowitz, Enemy Kitchen, 2003-Present. Cooking workshop and ongoing public performance. Most recently commissioned by Smart Museum of Art for Feast exhibition, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.
2/9: Katharina Grosse, psychylustro, 2014, site 6 (Warehouse), installation. Benjamin Moore acrylic indoor paint. Photo by Steve Weinik for Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
3/9: Love Letter by Steve Powers, produced by Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Photo by Adam Wallacavage.
4/9: Community members partake in Mifflin Square Alliance Festival in September 2015, part of Mural Art Program’s Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge. Photo by Steve Weinik.
5/9: Labryinth, Sam Durant, 2015, Chain link fencing, 40’ x 40’. Durant addressed the quagmire of criminal justice by placing a chain link maze across from Philadelphia’s City Hall. The public was invited to hang personal items on the structure, using it as a platform to address issues surrounding mass incarceration. Initially transparent, the structure became opaque through public interaction with the art. Photo by Steve Weinik.
6/9: Mifflin Square Alliance Festival in September 2015, part of Mural Art Program’s Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge. Photo by Steve Weinik.
7/9: Love Letter by Steve Powers, produced by Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Photo by Adam Wallacavage.
8/9: Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge Neighborhood Convening, June 29, 2015. 632 Jackson Street. Photo by Steve Weinik. Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
9/9: A portion of the Journeys South installation. Photo by Steve Weinik.

An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia Mural Arts Program) has produced over 3,700 works of public art since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the US and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.” Mural Arts projects supported by the Center include A Desert Home Companion, a participatory performance and radio project; a 50-mural “love letter” along an elevated subway line by New York-based street artist Stephen Powers; Journeys South, a project that unearthed the immigrant histories of South Philadelphia neighborhoods; and psychylustro, a massive episodic painting along a five-mile stretch of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. Center support has also funded the Visiting Curators Initiative, which brings contemporary art curators into conversation with Mural Arts, and in 2014, Playgrounds for Useful Knowledge, which staged “cultural interventions” such as pop-up markets or staged public performances in Philadelphia neighborhoods. In 2016, Mural Arts received Center support to present Monument Lab: A Citywide Public Art and History Exhibition, a series of temporary public artworks created by artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and Alexander Rosenberg that will interrogate notions of civic monumentality.

References

In the first iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater examines artistic process in collaboration with choreographer Tere O’Connor.

Grants & Grantees

Filmon Mebrahtu is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Michael Orlove currently serves as the director of artist communities and presenting & multidisciplinary works for the National Endowment for the Arts and has responsibility over the NEA’s international programs.

Curator Ruth Estévez on why the practice of restaging may be both “interesting” and “dangerous.”

Grants & Grantees

Nichole Canuso and her collaborators created TAKES, an interactive environment that applied the cinematic notion of the “take” to the world of dance.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David Filipi has been a film curator and a key member of the Wexner Center’s curatorial team since 1994.

Collaborators & Colleagues

RoseAnne Spradlin is a New York City-based choreographer whose work explores body consciousness and innovation of structural forms in contemporary dance.

Grants & Grantees

This exhibition and website will investigate Philadelphia’s long history of row house development as an architectural territory to be mined for physical and social histories, new ideas, and urban innovations.

This paper by Indonesian dance scholar Sal Murgiyanto was originally presented at “Traces of Tradition,” a panel discussion held at the International Dance Conference, August 1-4, 2004.

Grants & Grantees

Edgar J. Shockley III (Pew Fellow, 2008) sees his unique contribution to the world as reconciling African and European theatrical aesthetics, making us all more aware of what it means to be human.

Collaborators & Colleagues

R. Larry Todd is Arts and Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the music department at Duke University.

Grants & Grantees

Composer Phil Kline and choreographer Wally Cardona presented a new site-specific work at the Metropolitan Opera House.