Person of the Crowd Symposium: Flânerie and the Politics of Public Space

15 Apr 2017
9am - 4pm
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Tania Bruguera, Displacement, 1998, Cuban earth, glue, wood, nails, textile. Photo courtesy of Studio Bruguera.

In conjunction with its multi-part project Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, The Barnes Foundation presents a day-long symposium on the history of flânerie and the contemporary race and gender politics enmeshed in the act of walking. Speakers include art historian Bridget Alsdorf, interdisciplinary artist Man Bartlett, writer and critic Tom McDonough, and media artist Angela Washko.

Person of the Crowd captures city life through a gallery exhibition, newly commissioned public installations and performances, and citizen-created photos and videos. Featuring over 50 artists including Marina Abramović, Jenny Holzer, Zhang Huan, and the Guerilla Girls, the project invites audiences to become contemporary flâneurs through activities such as photography and walking tours.