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Themes of community, ritual, belonging, and belief are explored in a new opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, co-produced by Norwegian National Opera.
Olivier creates monuments, memorials, and visual art installations that consider the complex and often conflicting representations of history and memory in public spaces.
In a participatory art-making process and multi-site exhibition, residents of Philadelphia’s Fairhill-Hartranft neighborhood work with local and visiting artists and public art and history studio Monument Lab to reflect on the notion of community “staying power.”
David Hartt: The Histories (Le Mancenillier)
A site-responsive, multimedia installation by David Hartt activates Beth Sholom Synagogue, offering new ways to experience and interpret the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed National Historic Landmark.
Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller
A retrospective surveys Ed Emshwiller’s expansive career in film, video, and visual art, introducing the artist’s groundbreaking work to a new generation of audiences.
Reconstruction and the Fourteenth Amendment Project
An original theater work sheds new light on the Reconstruction era in the United States, the constitutional legacy of the Civil War, and the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Emerging Voices: Art Song and Social Connection
A concert series curated in collaboration with tenor vocalist Nicholas Phan illuminates the evolution of art song and how the form, with its intersection of poetry and music, remains a powerful vehicle for social exchange.
Plus Ultra: Awakening the Mercer Museum Core
The Mercer Museum’s collection of pre-industrial American material culture is reinterpreted through new installations in two currently unused rooms in the century-old museum.
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Brolaski’s poetry draws from multiple languages, literary traditions, and modes of expression to explore multifaceted identity and experience.
Playing and Preserving
This interdisciplinary project builds artistic collaborations and civic energy around Philadelphia’s historic sacred places and their pipe organs.
Suss’ use of vivid color, pattern, and distorted perspective imbues an otherworldly quality to her large-scale paintings of domestic interiors.