Arcadia Exhibitions organizes programming for four distinct gallery spaces on Arcadia University’s campus, offering a stimulating roster of individual and thematic exhibitions of contemporary art ranging in scope and stature from the regional to the international. Arcadia's exhibitions regularly travel, often to major museums many times its scale, such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. With grants from the Center, Arcadia has organized Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn (2009), a traveling survey of the Beijing-based artist’s ceramics and the first museum show of his work outside of New York; JG (2010), a major new film by Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean, shot in Death Valley and the Salt Lake Flats; and Pati Hill: Photocopier (2014), an exhibition of the early artwork of Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s. In 2019, Arcadia received a Center Project grant to produce Polly Apfelbaum: For the Love of Una Hale, an exhibition of new work by award-winning visual artist Polly Apfelbaum, who fuses craft traditions, sculpture, and large-scale installation. In 2020, Arcadia received a Center Project grant to present Sun & Sea, a contemporary Lithuanian opera that addresses ecological concerns through the inner monologues and melodies of a chorus of beachgoers.
This groundbreaking exhibition presented the early artwork of the late Pati Hill, an American writer who pioneered the use of the photocopier as an artistic tool in the 1970s. The exhibition surveyed black and white prints made between 1974 and 1983. Using the machine to scan objects as quotidian as a gum wrapper or as unexpected as a dead swan, Hill published many of the resulting images alongside her own texts. Through a chance encounter with designer Charles Eames in 1977, Hill acquired an IBM office copier, which the manufacturer installed in her home. Hill relocated to France in the early 1980s, where she continued to experiment with the machine and, with the assistance of her husband, gallerist Paul Bianchini, supported others doing the same in Paris and Sens, where she lived until her death in September 2014. Having worked closely with the artist herself, Arcadia presented the first comprehensive exhibition of this largely unknown body of work, accompanied by a publication and a series of public programs.
*Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.*