Philadelphia Assembled

Philadelphia Museum of Art



Philadelphia Assembled, 2017, city panorama. Photo by Joseph Hu.


Philadelphia Assembled at Urban Creators. Photo by Tim Tiebout.


Culinary artists eating in the Philadelphia Assembled kitchen. Photo by Joseph Hu.


Philadelphia Assembled, “Lighting of the Bridges.” Photo by Tim Tiebout.


Philadelphia Assembled, 2017, Sovereignty Gallery installation view. Photo by Joseph Hu.


Jeanne van Heeswijk. Photo by Tim Tiebout.


Philadelphia Assembled, 2017, installation view. Photo by Joseph Hu, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Philadelphia Assembled, “Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood.” Photo by Tim Tiebout.


Philadelphia Assembled, “Sanctuary Dome.” Photo by Joseph Hu.


Philadelphia Assembled, 2017, exterior view. Photo by Joseph Hu, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art joined forces with Dutch visual artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and over 150 collaborators and organizations across the city to present Philadelphia Assembled. Van Heeswijk's most expansive project to date, this collaborative endeavor invited change agents throughout the city to collectively imagine a present and future Philadelphia. Developing in two stages, Philadelphia Assembled was organized around five notions, or what van Heeswijk calls "atmospheres"—Reconstructions, Sovereignty, Futures, Sanctuary, and Movement—each derived from preliminary conversations about the city's changing landscape. In the first stage of the project, a series of eight sites throughout the city offered installations or events ranging from discussions to community meals that encouraged audiences to share their perspectives on the city, its history, and its future. In its second and culminating phase, the project moved into the Museum's Perelman Building, where the eight sites were re-assembled in a participatory and interactive display that activated the building's public spaces.

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