Invisible City: Symposium

15 Nov 2019
1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Kislak Center, University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 10104


Rafael Ferrer, Fuegian House with Harpy Eagle, leaves, ice, tarp, branches, paint, Whitney Museum of American Art south moat, New York. Installation during Ferrer’' one-person exhibit, December 9, 1971 to January 9, 1972. Brochure by Marcia Tucker.

The Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC) at the Kislak Center hosts a symposium around the Center-funded Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde project. At the symposium, PASC will present papers that preview, enhance, or illuminate Invisible City and engage with the cultural milieu from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s.

Presented by the University of the Arts, the project explores Philadelphia’s significant contributions to visual culture in postwar America. During this time period, Philadelphia was a “city of firsts,” from Pop Art exhibitions and performance art to innovative art school curricula, architecture, and city planning. Curated by Sid Sachs, director of exhibitions at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, and assistant curator Jennie Hirsh, Invisible City will take place in three venues from January 21 through April 4, 2020.