Re-Place-ing Philadelphia

Painted Bride Art Center



Faustin Linyekula's Philly Files. Photo by Jen Cleary.


Maria Urrutia, Jumatatu Poe, and Kristel Baldoz in rehearsal for Reggie Wilson’s Stamped Stomped Stumped. Photo by Maureen Wellner.


Faustin Linyekula. Photo by Elise Fitte-Duval.


Marty Pottenger's #PhillySavesEarth. Photo by Jen Cleary.

Built on a foundation of public dialogue and interaction, the Re-Place-ing Philadelphia project used art as a lens to examine the geography of Philadelphia and its complex histories, as a basis to uncover forgotten histories. The 20-month project was designed to be open-ended, flexible, and permeable, generating a stream of performances, artworks, lectures, readings, and conversations that responded to the city and created forums for new ideas. A core group of artists aided the Painted Bride in transforming their programs, infrastructure, and facilities, including Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula, and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson. Re-Place-ing Philadelphia also engaged three "free radicals"—theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, 2007 Pew Fellow and musician King Britt, and dance scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild—to serve as on-the-ground researchers and advisors.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.