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

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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.