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Questions of Practice

As a hub for the exchange of ideas and ongoing dialogue on issues critical to cultural practice, we present a lively range of activities. Our Questions of Practice research series of online essays and interviews, symposia and lectures, and in-depth publications, explores evolving lines of inquiry that respond to our experience as grantmakers and connect Philadelphia’s cultural community with peers nationally and internationally.

Questions of Practice

Date Title Contributors
27 Jul 2017

Questions of Practice: Artist Michael Rakowitz on the Live Experience of Radio

Michael Rakowitz
12 Jun 2017

Questions of Practice: Visual Artist Ann Hamilton on the Relationship between Production and Consumption

Ann Hamilton
16 May 2017

Questions of Practice: Choreographer and Performer Nora Chipaumire on Art and Advocacy

Nora Chipaumire
24 Apr 2017

Questions of Practice: Multi-media Artist Mariam Ghani on the Tensions between Private and Public Narratives

Mariam Ghani
14 Dec 2016

Questions of Practice: Visual Artist Ann Hamilton on the Social Connotations of Cloth

Ann Hamilton
2 Nov 2016

Questions of Practice: Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Artistic Evolution and Risk

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
26 Oct 2016

Questions of Practice: Choreographers Reggie Wilson and Faustin Linyekula on the Concept of Place

Reggie Wilson Faustin Linyekula
5 Oct 2016

Questions of Practice: Artists Martha McDonald and Billy Dufala on Ephemerality

Billy Dufala Martha McDonald
20 Sep 2016

Translating Film to the Stage: Composer Missy Mazzoli and Librettist Royce Vavrek on Breaking the Waves

22 Aug 2016

Questions of Practice: Cohabitation Strategies and Anthony Smyrski on Design in Contemporary Culture

Cohabitation Strategies Anthony Smyrski
18 Jul 2016

Questions of Practice: Choreographer Stephen Petronio on Performance and Ephemerality

Stephen Petronio
11 Jul 2016

Questions of Practice: Writer and Dancer Wendy Perron on the Meaning of "Contemporary"

Wendy Perron
29 Jun 2016

Questions of Practice: Visiting Scholar Kristy Edmunds on Philadelphia's Collaborative Arts Ecology

Kristy Edmunds
31 May 2016

Questions of Practice: Writer and Dancer Wendy Perron on Trisha Brown and the Body

Wendy Perron
18 Apr 2016

Questions of Practice: Composer and Pianist Vijay Iyer and Librettist Mike Ladd on Improvisation

Vijay Iyer Mike Ladd
7 Mar 2016

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

Pepón Osorio
15 Feb 2016

Questions of Practice: Centrala's Michał Zadara and Barbara Wysocka on Intersecting Contemporary Theater and Classical Music in Performance

Centrala
8 Feb 2016

Questions of Practice: Artist Ken Lum on Creating Art that Emanates from "the Local"

Ken Lum
11 Jan 2016

Questions of Practice: Musician Bhob Rainey on Improvisation

Bhob Rainey
4 Jan 2016

Questions of Practice: Elevator Repair Service’s John Collins on Process in Theater-Making

John Collins
30 Nov 2015

Questions of Practice: Musician Bhob Rainey on Finding Meaning in Noise

Bhob Rainey
19 Oct 2015

Questions of Practice: Mural Arts' Jane Golden on Seeing Creative Opportunity

Jane Golden
30 Sep 2015

Questions of Practice: Wilma Theater's Blanka Zizka on Risk in Theater-Making

Blanka Zizka
21 Sep 2015

Questions of Practice: Choreographer Ralph Lemon on Ephemerality

Ralph Lemon
2 Sep 2015

Questions of Practice: Sam Miller of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Risk and Artistic Process

Sam Miller
27 Jul 2015

A Barbara Kasten-Inspired Disruption

Brent Wahl
22 Jul 2015

Questions of Practice: Theater Artist Aaron Cromie on Artistic Responsibility

Aaron Cromie
13 Jul 2015

Act V: A Final Report: The Archive of Gestures by Jay Kirk

Jay Kirk
22 Jun 2015

Questions of Practice: Artist Bob and Roberta Smith on Virtuosity

Bob and Roberta Smith
8 Jun 2015

Questions of Practice: Theater Artist Mary Tuomanen on Character

Mary Tuomanen
30 Mar 2015

Questions of Practice: Louis Massiah on Technology and Storytelling

Louis Massiah
9 Mar 2015

Questions of Practice: Whit MacLaughlin on Responsibility

Whit MacLaughlin
16 Jan 2015

Questions of Practice: Emily Abendroth on Integrity and Discomfort

Emily Abendroth
19 Dec 2014

Questions of Practice: Pew Fellow Frank Sherlock on Giving Voice

Frank Sherlock
24 Nov 2014

Questions of Practice: Lê Thi Diem Thúy

lê thị diem thúy
7 Nov 2014

Fellows Friday: Q&A with Travis Macdonald

Travis Macdonald
4 Sep 2014

Questions of Practice: Interview with Theater Artist Romeo Castellucci

Romeo Castellucci Carlos Basualdo
22 Aug 2014

Fellows Friday: Q&A with Greg Osby

Greg Osby
7 Aug 2014

Theatricality and Amateurism with Catherine Wood and Jérôme Bel: Part II

Catherine Wood Jérôme Bel
31 Jul 2014

Theatricality and Amateurism with Catherine Wood and Jérôme Bel: Part I

Catherine Wood Jérôme Bel
24 Jul 2014

Questions of Practice: Avital Ronell on the Philosophy of Movement

Avital Ronell
24 Apr 2014

Questions of Practice: Composer Julia Wolfe on the Transformation of Research into Art

Julia Wolfe
17 Apr 2014

Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien on Paul Evans

Tod Williams
18 Mar 2014

Questions of Practice: Lisa Yancey, Independent Consultant

Lisa Yancey
13 Mar 2014

Questions of Practice: Estelle Parsons on Artistic Practice

Estelle Parsons
27 Feb 2014

David Gordon: How many ways there are (1995)

18 Feb 2014

Questions of Practice: Thomas DeFrantz, Choreographer and Dance Scholar

Thomas DeFrantz
6 Feb 2014

"Scientific and Artistic Models in the New Work of Sarah Sze" by Arthur C. Danto

17 Jan 2014

Our Dreams Motivate Our Realities: A Conversation with Center Visiting Scholar Kristy Edmunds

Kristy Edmunds Paula Marincola
27 Jun 2013

Bill T. Jones & Susan Rethorst: A Conversation in Five Parts

Susan Rethorst Bill T. Jones
4 Jun 2013

Kathleen McLean and Mark Beasley on Creativity in Cultural Practice

Kathleen McLean Mark Beasley
8 Apr 2013

Overcoming Roadblocks: The Visiting Artist As Collaborator

Ain Gordon
13 Mar 2013

Going Outside the White Box: The Visiting Artist As Conduit

28 Feb 2013

Tacita Dean: On JG and the Medium of Time

Tacita Dean
31 Jan 2013

On the Making of JG

Tacita Dean
23 Oct 2012

Thaddeus Phillips & Catie Rosemurgy on Integrating History with Art-making

Thaddeus Phillips Catie Rosemurgy
5 Oct 2012

Merian Soto on Site, Improvisation, and Embodiment in SoMoS

Merián Soto
31 May 2012

Jenny Sabin's Greenhouse at the American Philosophical Society

Jenny Sabin
14 May 2012

White Box Residencies: Anthony Campuzano

Anthony Campuzano
8 Dec 2011

White Box Residencies: Tania Isaac

Tania Isaac
21 Oct 2011

American Impresario: David Harrington

8 Jun 2011

Anna Deavere Smith on Let Me Down Easy

Anna Deavere Smith
8 Mar 2011

The Museum Educator in the Expanded Field with Eungie Joo and Pablo Helguera

Eungie Joo Pablo Helguera
30 Jul 2010

Václav Havel on Leaving, Playwriting, and Politics

Václav Havel