Neysa Grassi

1995 Pew Fellow

Several Center-funded performances and exhibitions have garnered national and regional media coverage in recent weeks.

A program of Philadelphia University, The Design Center presents exhibitions, tours, programs, college courses, and special events that demonstrate how design shapes everyday life.

Vocalist, composer, and recording artist Tokay Tomah on starting her artistic career in Liberia, using music as a vehicle for building peace, and more.

Questions of Practice

For Shelf Life, the Center invited artists, curators, and designers to use the books in our library for curated displays on subjects of their choosing.

Inspired by the Center-funded Paul Evans retrospective at the James A. Michener Art Museum, we ask Williams and Tsien to reflect on the art-furniture designer’s work and its relationship to architecture.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents new work by Artist-in-Residence Sarah Sze in her first solo exhibition in the Philadelphia area.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David Lang is one of America’s most performed composers, with an extensive catalog that includes opera, orchestra, chamber, and solo works.

This exhibition and event series invited contemporary artists to respond 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, while addressing historical and contemporary questions of equity, justice, and race relations.

One of Philadelphia’s smartest and scrappiest small, no-profit art spaces, Marginal Utility is known for forging long-term commitments with artists.

Grants & Grantees

Independent theater artist Geoff Sobelle tested ideas for his first-ever one-man show: an “archaeological dig of the here and now” that explores our relationship to “things.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Peter Manuel is an ethnomusicologist and professor of music at John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center.

Five Acts: Chronicles of Dissent, exhibited at Marginal Utility in winter 2012, examined the ways in which social movements and dissenting individuals convey their mission.