Questions of Practice: Artist Pepón Osorio on the Role of the Arts in Expanding Dialogue Beyond the “Local”

In conjunction with Temple Contemporary’s project reFORM, we sat down with visual artist and Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio to talk about the relationship between artistic practice and “the local.” Osorio sees his practice as a means of “expanding the conversation” about critical social issues into a broader context beyond a project’s immediate environment.

Artist Pepón Osorio on the role of the arts in expanding dialogue beyond the “local.” Filmed at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania on September 8, 2015.

Pepón Osorio is a visual artist best known for his large-scale, baroque, and polemically charged installations, which merge conceptual art and community dynamics. A 2006 Pew Fellow and MacArthur Fellow, Osorio’s work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art; El Museo del Barrio; Smithsonian American Art Museum; El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; and El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, among others. With Center support, Temple Contemporary commissioned Osorio to create reFORM, an immersive installation and discussion space creatively addressing the loss experienced when a school closes.

In conjunction with the ongoing project, Pop Up Garden: An Exploration of the Philadelphia Rail Park, PHS holds walking tours of the Viaduct neighborhood.

Grants & Grantees

Fleisher Art Memorial is a community arts organization dedicated to the ideal that people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds have a right to experience art.

Choreographer Stephen Petronio and artist Janine Antoni on how visual arts organizations can invite audiences into performative experiences.

Grants & Grantees

One of the first venues in the United States dedicated to the appreciation of limited edition prints, the Print Center has expanded its purview to include photography and ephemera.

Pig Iron Theatre Company undertook an investigation of Shakespeare’s famous play, leading to a fully-staged production of the play at the 2011 FringeArts Festival.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Claire Tancons is a curator, writer and researcher whose work focuses on carnival, public ceremonial culture, and popular movements.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art traced the influence of Marcel Duchamp on the dance, music, and visual artwork of these four equally protean figures.

Grants & Grantees

Clearfield creates deep, emotive musical languages that she says, “synthesize disparate elements into a musical whole,” in works that explore themes ranging from freedom and oppression, to ancient cultures, religion, health, and technology.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David Herskovits is the founder and artistic director of Target Margin Theater.

Cohabitation Strategies’ Miguel Robles-Durán and Lucia Babina discuss how their community-based projects promote dialogue and social change.

Grants & Grantees

Teresa Jaynes is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

WHYY’s NewsWorks recently aired a segment on Mural Arts Program’s upcoming project with Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse.