In 2010, with Center support, Philagrafika—an organization dedicated to contemporary printmaking—organized a massive multi-venue festival, helmed by Bogotá-based curator José Roca. Spread over 10 core sites, and extending to dozens of affiliated venues, the festival showcased the work of hundreds of artists working near and far—among them Pablo Helguera, Virgil Marti, Dexter Sinister, Swoon, Superflex, Barthélémy Togou, and others. Philagrafika reorganized its staff and core programs in 2012 and is now run by a collective of local printmakers who continue to publish editions and organize exhibitions.
The thematic centerpiece for Philagrafika 2010, a citywide festival, The Graphic Unconscious' central thesis was that the ethos of printmaking, the one-time step-child of the visual arts, has been so fully absorbed into contemporary artistic production that it is now at its very core. Curated by Bogota-based curator José Roca, in collaboration with local curators John Caperton, Sheryl Conkelton, Shelley Langdale, Lorie Mertes, and Julien Robeson, The Graphic Unconscious was sited in five main venues—Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Temple Gallery, and the Print Center—and featured works by 35 artists from 18 countries.