“The push and pull between the corporeal and the optical is my modus operandi.”
Caroline Lathan-Stiefel’s (b. 1967) large-scale, immersive sculptural installations play with weight and mass, creating pattern, color, and light from everyday materials. Her delicately-webbed “drawings-in-space…cover, divide, encircle, and fill” their installation sites, she says, while the forms of organic systems present in the work influence viewers both physically and visually, heightening and destabilizing their experience. Lathan-Stiefel holds an MFA from Maine College of Art and a BA from Brown University, and regularly shows work throughout the United States and Canada. She has held solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville; the Philadelphia Art Alliance; the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, among others. The recipient of a 2011 West Prize from the West Collection, where her work is part of the permanent collection, Lathan-Stiefel has received grants from the Independence Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, as well as a Sculpture Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Arcadia University Art Gallery presented the first United States museum survey of the internationally acclaimed artist’s ceramics outside of New York City.
British artist Tacita Dean created a 26 1/2-minute work, in 35mm anamorphic film, in homage to the writer J.G. Ballard.
As part of the Center-funded Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street conceived by Rick Lowe, an ongoing revitalization of Pearl Street, Asian Arts Initiative presents an opening reception for the installations “Finding Comfort” and “Who’s Who.”
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning.
Playwright and 2008 Pew Fellow J. Rufus Caleb strives to create theater experiences that are “as visceral as they are intellectual.”
Douglas Crimp is an art critic, author, and the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester.
Bruce Allardice has been the managing director of the multidisciplinary Ping Chong + Company since 1988. He was a Center panelist in theater in 2010.
Integrating contemporary art within the Mütter Museum’s approach to medical humanities interpretation, an exhibition plan will be developed to focus on the centennial of Philadelphia’s influenza pandemic.
A performance and newly commissioned album-length musical composition by Jace Clayton will take its inspiration from the artwork and record collection of Albert Barnes—including a recording which is credited with introducing African American spirituals to the wider world—offering audiences a way to reconnect with and to reimagine the Barnes Foundation collection through sound.
Recognized as a pioneering jazz bassist and composer who has played with numerous musical luminaries over his 60-year career, Merritt composes work that brings forth collective improvisation within a complex rhythmic and harmonic language.
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.