Daniel Tucker

1/2: Curator Daniel Tucker leads a group tour of historian Brad Duncan’s self-determination archives. Photo by Paul Gargagliano of Hazel Photo, Courtesy of Daniel Tucker.
2/2: Unfurlings exhibition contributor Dan S. Wang created these posters about printed ephemera you might find in the future. Photo by Sarah Jane Rhee. Courtesy of Daniel Tucker.

Daniel Tucker is an artist, writer, and organizer who develops documentaries, publications, and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely. He earned his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and collaborates on the Never The Same curatorial and archive project with Rebecca Zorach. Tucker is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Manager in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. In 2015, Tucker received a Center grant to present Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, an exhibition and event series of contemporary art responding to archival materials and poetry relating to the history of white southerners who migrated to northern cities in the 1960s and 70s and organized cross-racial social movements.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Harris Eisenstadt is a drummer, composer, and bandleader who has studied with respected names in jazz and improvised music, as well as in West African and Cuban drumming.

The James A. Michener Art Museum conducted research for a retrospective exhibition on the work of designer-craftsman Paul Evans (1931–87).

Two Center-funded projects, Funeral for a Home by Temple Contemporary and *Jason Rhoades: Four Roads” by the Institute of Contemporary Art, published limited-edition art books.

“Dancing around the Bride* at the Philadelphia Museum of Art told “the story of five extraordinary artists and what happened to art and culture when their lives and work intersected,” said curator Carlos Basualdo.

Campuzano, a visual artist and 2009 Pew Fellow, spent an entire night in the Center office, with only the staff’s belongings for company. He used the experience as inspiration for a new set of drawings.

Grants & Grantees

Internationally recognized artist Cai Guo-Qiang will energize the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with an interactive public artwork of 27 “fireflies”—luminous, kinetic sculptures inspired by Chinese pedicycles—which the many daily Parkway visitors can experience in motion as carriage passengers, pedestrians, and motorists.

Philadelphia artists Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Alexander Rosenberg, and WE THE WEEDS propose speculative monuments for the city as part of Monument Lab, hosted by The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

On May 3, 2010, two of contemporary visual arts’ most distinguished figures visited the Center for a compelling conversation addressing the practice of painting, the making of painting exhibitions, and the relationship between the two.

Grants & Grantees

PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate “musical color.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Susana Tubert is the co-founder and executive director of the Latino International Theater Festival of New York and executive producer of its annual TeatroStageFest.

Preservation director Libbie Hawes on the process of making historical sites meaningful to contemporary audiences.

Grants & Grantees

A young choreographer who has already produced provocative, experimental dance works, Poe (Pew Fellow, 2011) is the founder of dance/theater company idiosynCrazy productions.