Among the largest and oldest art museums in the US, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a pilgrimage site for modern and contemporary art professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world, due in part to its extensive holdings of the work of Marcel Duchamp, as well as its Constantin Brancusi sculptures. Through innovative exhibitions and programs, the museum has stayed true to its roots as a teaching institution and to the belief that the arts can positively transform society.
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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