Choreographer and performer Jennifer Monson is the founder of New York City-based iLAND: Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance. She is known for using choreography and movement as a way of discovering connections among environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to understanding our surroundings. As artistic director of iLAND, she creates large-scale dance projects inspired by the phenomena of the natural and built environments. Her project BIRD BRAIN (2000–11) featured the theatrical work Flight of Mind and four migratory tours: Gray Whales, Ospreys, Ducks and Geese, and Northern Wheatears. Each tour followed the migrations of animals, offering performances, workshops and panel discussions on navigation, migration and conservation. Other notable projects include iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir, a yearlong research and performance practice in an abandoned reservoir New York City, and the Mahomet Aquifer Project in Illinois. Through the ILAB residency program, Monson supports opportunities for movement-based artists, scientists, environmentalists and others to engage the public in events that build their understanding of New York’s urban environment. Her many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2003), a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Fellowship (1998), National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowships (1989, 1992, 1993-95, 1995–97), and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1989, 1998). Monson visited the Center in June 2013 for a day-long investigation into compositional forms and structures with local dance and music professionals.
Composer, performer, and sound artist Joan La Barbara has created works for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, music theater, orchestras, and interactive technology.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented 12 performances; each featured a world or regional premiere performed by leading ensembles.
Spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, 2012 Pew Fellow Dan Blacksberg pushes at the technical and textural extremes of his instrument, the trombone.
Beth Kephart is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
As part of the ICA’s ongoing interdisciplinary project Endless Shout, multimedia artist and designer Raúl de Nieves presents a series of performances.
In 1995 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 23 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.
Relâche is a new music ensemble whose unique sound includes flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, piano, percussion, viola, and bass.
The Painted Bride Art Center commissioned an evening-length work by choreographer Cynthia Oliver, who also participated in a weeklong residency of workshops and film screenings.
This month, Afaa Michael Weaver is awarded the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Joshua Mosley’s work appears at the Whitney Biennial, King Britt curates at MoMA PS1, and much more.
The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin to “promote useful knowledge.” Its museum routinely commissions artists to complement and expand on exhibition programming.
Born in Venezuela, Kotain works with various Philadelphia-area nonprofit cultural organizations to teach others about his Arab and Latin musical traditions.
Alma Ruiz is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where she has curated numerous exhibitions.