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Wednesday April 3, 6 p.m.
Meyerson Hall Lower Gallery
University of Pennsylvania
210 S. 34th Street
Light refreshments will be served.
Laura Kurgan's projects visualize complex political and social data to advocate for social reform. Her work explores digital mapping technologies, the ethics and politics of mapping, new structures of participation in design, and the visualization of urban and global data. One project, “Million Dollar Blocks,” shows how the government spends more than one million dollars to incarcerate prisoners who live within a single census block. Her book, Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology and Politics has recently been published by Zone Books.
Kurgan is Director of Visual Studies, Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab, and Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Moderated by Elizabeth Thomas
Josh MacPhee, a designer, artist and activist based in New York City, explores the notion of the Commons as a place for both sanctioned and unsanctioned individual and collective storytelling and agency, and about the role of image and text (in murals, graffiti, and other more ephemeral forms) in engendering thought and action in public space. He will discuss his research into the history of illegal street markings (with a focus on the street stencil), as well as his own projects, including the People's History Project and Specters of Liberty, both of which attempt to manifest submerged and complex collective memories and make visible histories of people and movements that resisted a status quo.
MacPhee is a founder of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and a member of the Occuprint collective. He is the co-author and co-curator of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, and he recently co-founded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements. He recently launched a collaborative design firm with Morgan Buck called Antumbra.
Elizabeth Thomas, Mural Arts’ first visiting curator, is an independent curator based in the Bay Area, and has held curatorial positions at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, and UC Berkeley Art Museum.
Co-sponsored by the University of the Arts
Thought Experiments is an ongoing series of public dialogues with leading artists, designers and visual thinkers. Each dialogue offers a different perspective on rethinking muralism for the 21st Century.
Upcoming events include Ashley Hunt (Sept. 10 and 11), Civic Center / Candy Chang / James Reeves (October 11), and Laura Kurgan (November, date to be announced.)
Presented in collaboration with Philly Works.
Broken City Lab, based in Windsor, Ontario, is an artist-led interdisciplinary collective and non-profit organization working to explore and unfold curiosities around locality, infrastructures, education, and creative practice leading towards civic change.
Justin A. Langlois is an artist working in integrated media and social practice. He has an MFA in Visual Arts and a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor.
Danielle Sabelli has a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts and Communications Studies, an MA in Communications and Social Justice, and is pursuing her JD in the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor.
Philly Works is a collective of designers and educators that aims to empower creative individuals and industries in Philadelphia. Philly Works does this through collaboration, creative partnerships, and fostering public dialogue. Its exhibition, Phillyworks 2012: Qualities of Life in Philadelphia, is on view at The Philadelphia Art Alliance through November 25, and a book about the exhibition is now available.
Candy Chang and James Reeves are principals in Civic Center, a New Orelans-based interdisciplinary collaborative that blends art, design, education, research, and urban planning to create tools that help people navigate and improve their cities. They believe that public spaces should inspire conversation, make the machinery of the city more accessible, and restore a sense of dignity to the public realm.
Sara Ansell is program manager for the Mural Arts Porch Light Initiative, a three-year program to improve community health in three Philadelphia neighborhoods. Mural Arts is building teams of behavioral health service providers, artists and community residents to address drug addiction, mental illness, homelessness and other behavioral health issues. Sara graduated with a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Theresa Rose is the Visual Arts Program Director with Philadelphia Live Arts/ Philly Fringe, where she is expanding programming to include visual arts performative and participatory work. Formerly, Rose was the Public Art Project Manager for the City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy where she administered the Percent for Art program and produced the City’s first temporary public art commission, Soil Kitchen, by the artist team Futurefarmers. Rose received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she co-chaired of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series Program.
Cassim Shepard is the founding editor of Urban Omnibus, an online publication dedicated to redefining the culture of citymaking, published by the Architectural League of New York. Trained in filmmaking, urban geography and urban planning, he teaches non-fiction filmmaking at Columbia University and is a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His film and video work has been exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2006.
FUNDED BY: FORD FOUNDATION
A Critical Conversation with Curator Philip Glahn
Monday, September 10, 7 p.m.
Temple Contemporary at the Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street
RSVP: Visit http://ashleyhunt.eventbrite.com/ or call 215 777 9138
Presented in collaboration with Tyler School of Art
Notes on the Emptying of a City
Tuesday, September 11, 7 p.m.
Broad Street Ministry, 315 South Broad Street
Presented in collaboration with the 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. For festival information, call 215-413-1318, or visit livearts-fringe.org.
Ashley Hunt is an artist and activist who uses video, photography, mapping and writing to engage social movements, modes of learning and public discourse. Among his interests are structures that allow people to accumulate power and those which keep others from getting power, while learning from the ways people come to know, respond to and conceive of themselves within these structures.
Notes on the Emptying of a City is a performance that explores the first-person politics of being in New Orleans with a camera in the months following Hurricane Katrina, when he engaged with community activists to research the city’s refusal to evacuate the Orleans Parish Prison.
Philip Glahn is an assistant professor at Temple, who focuses on the development of the relations between art, social formations and the public sphere.
FUNDED BY: FORD FOUNDATION
MURALISM AND PUBLIC ART IN CONTEXT
Tuesday, October 18 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
center for archictecture
1218 arch street
As part of this year's DesignPhiladelphia, join a stimulating muraLAB conversation with Mural Arts and internationally renowned design partners as we discuss how design can be used to transform the whole space - both physical and social - when deployed creatively in communities. Panelists include:
Haas & Hahn is the working title of artistic duo Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn who strive to bring outrageous works of art to unexpected places, best known for painting enormous murals in the slums of Brazil. (Photo above: Haas&Hahn project in the Santa Marta favela).
Interface Studio is an innovative planning and urban design practice based in Philadelphia. Hip and nimble, Interface Studio is a team of creative thinkers and doers. Founding principal Scott Page will join us.
Intenational Design Clinic is a nonprofit that provides students, artists and designers the opportunity to use their unique creative talents to design and construct projects for communities in need throughout the world. IDC Director and President Scott Shall will moderate.
PrePost is a Brooklyn-based architectural design firm combining architecture, art and research in their practice. Principals Joshua Draper and Joseph Vidich will join us.
Thursday, September 8, 7-9 p.m.
Lincoln Financial Mural Arts Center
at the Thomas Eakins House
1727-29 Mount Vernon Street
Join us for a special conversation between renowned artists Rigo23 (pictured) and independent curator Mark Beasley.
Rigo23 is a Portuguese muralist and painter now living in San Francisco whose work has centered around social and political change. Considered by some critics as part of the first generation of the San Francisco Mission School art movement, Rigo23 has created art for over 20 years throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Mark Beasley is a curator, writer and artist based in New York. He currently works as a curator for the Performa Bienniale. Prior to that he worked as a curator at Creative Time and organized the New York public art quadrennial.
This event is part of an ongoing muraLAB speaker series called Thought Experiments, which brings leading thinkers and artists to Philadelphia.
Mural Arts is hosting photographer Wendy Ewald and painter Brett Cook as part of an ongoing muraLAB speaker series called Thought Experiments, which brings leading thinkers and artists to Philadelphia.
Brett Cook and Wendy Ewald first began their creative collaboration over ten years ago, creating large-scale public artworks often based in portraiture, that are a result of deeply collaborative community-building processes. Using interpersonal dialogue, participatory pedagogy, and contemplative curricula, Ewald and Cook build environments where participants help generate the subject, emotion and power behind each work.
Sponsored by: Ford Foundation