Established in 1876, the University of the Arts is one of the nation's only universities dedicated solely to educating students in the visual and performing arts and design. The university offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 1,900 students who connect, collaborate, and create across disciplines and traditional boundaries.
Making the claim that Philadelphia artists played a central role in the birth of postmodernism, the Invisible City project will consist of extensive oral history research, conducted with artists, critics, and curators active in the city's little-known avant-garde visual arts community of the 1960s and 1970s. The research will inform an exhibition at the University of the Arts' Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery on the work of such former local artists and university faculty as Italo Scanga, Ree Morton, and 1993 Pew Fellow Rafael Ferrer, who all went on to work internationally. Among the show's considerable challenges: How best to re-present ephemeral installations and performances of the past? Also, how to capture the energy of viewing this work for the first time, in a very different urban context?
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