Mary Jane Jacob

Mary Jane Jacob.

Curator Mary Jane Jacob is professor and executive director of exhibitions and exhibition studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She has been exploring art outside the museum context since 1990, organizing groundbreaking programs that test the boundaries of public space and the relationship of contemporary art to audience. Landmark projects have included Culture in Action in Chicago and Living Modern Chicago; Conversations at the Castle during the Atlanta Olympics; and, for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Places with a Past and Evoking History. She is the co-editor of several anthologies, including Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society (University of Chicago Press, 2012); The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists (University of Chicago Press, 2010); Learning Mind: Experience Into Art (University of California Press, 2009); and Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (University of California Press, 2004). Jacobs was awarded a 2012 Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation to support her investigation of the history of site-specific art from the 1900s to today.

Jacob is a contributor to What Makes a Great Exhibition?, published by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2006. She has also served as a Pew Fellowships evaluator (2012) and an exhibitions panelist (2004).

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Philadanco reconstructed Bad Blood, a highly physical and seldom-performed piece by Ulysses Dove, which premiered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance presents a site-specific installation by Beijing-based artists Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen, exploring themes of family, artistic collaboration, fabrication, and the passage of time.

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An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of 10 books of poetry, a senior editor of PennSound, and the first participant in the Center’s Push Me, Pull You project.

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Arcadia University Art Gallery presented the first United States museum survey of the internationally acclaimed artist’s ceramics outside of New York City.

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Albert C. Barnes founded The Barnes Foundation in 1922 in Merion, Pennsylvania, to house his growing collection of modern art, African sculpture, and metalwork.

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Vincent D. Feldman is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

With the city as its subject, this gallery exhibition, along with newly commissioned installations in unexpected Philadelphia locations, and citizen-created photos and videos, will capture urban life in novel ways.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

John Andress is associate director of performing arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

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Annenberg Center Live brought Ireland’s Druid Theatre to Philadelphia for a weeklong engagement of Obie Award and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh’s production.

This week, we speak to musician and composer Chris Forsyth, whose career remains devoted to his roots in rock music, while questioning and expanding upon them.