12 New Fellows Announced, Jenny Sabin’s MoMAPS1 Installation, King Britt’s New Album, and James Ijames in The New York Times

30 Jun 2017


Tayarisha Poe, self portrait.


King Britt, photo courtesy of the artist.


David Scott Kessler, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Alex Da Corte, Blue Moon, 2017, standard digital video (video still). Photo courtesy of the artist.


Kinan Abou-Afach, 2013 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

This month’s Pew Fellows news sees the release of a new album of electronic music, a new immersive installation at MoMAPS1, national media coverage of a new play addressing race in America, the introduction of the 2017 Pew Fellows, and more

Welcoming the 2017 Pew Fellows

On June 19, the Center announced the 2017 grants and grantees, including 12 new Pew Fellowships, which provide direct support to local artists with awards of $75,000 each. This year’s Fellows include artists working in film and media, poetry and writing, performance, visual art, landscape architecture, and interdisciplinary practices. They are: Camae Ayewa & Rasheedah Phillips, Julia Bloch, Nichole Canuso, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, M. Nzadi Keita, Michael Kuetemeyer & Anula Shetty, Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha, Moon Molson, Tayarisha Poe, David Felix Sutcliffe, Annie Wilson, and Wilmer Wilson IV.

Awards and New Releases

Filmmaker David Scott Kessler’s (2015) film The Pine Barrens won the “Best Documentary” award at the first annual Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival. Read more>>

Electronic musician and DJ King Britt (2007) released AFTER…, an album created through his "future forward project" Fhloston Paradigm that blends techno, science fiction, and futurism. Read more>>

Author Beth Kephart (2005) published Tell the Truth. Make It Matter, a memoir-writing workbook with illustrations by William Sulit, through her independent publishing company Juncture. Read more>>

On Stage and On View

Architect Jenny Sabin’s (2010) new immersive installation, Lumen, debuted at MoMAPS1 on June 29. The work, commissioned through the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s annual Young Architects Program, is made of a knitted textile that adapts to sunlight and heat. Watch The New York Times’ 360 video of the work>>

Hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris (1996) announced the forthcoming premiere of his off-Broadway show Funkedified, a semi-autobiographical work about growing up in North Philadelphia in the 1970s, to be presented at New Victory Theater in June 2018. Read more>>

Visual artist Alex Da Corte (2012) will present his new video work Slow Graffiti at Secession in Vienna, Austria, beginning July 6, 2017. Read more>>

Musicians Kinan Abou-afach (2013) and Hafez Javier Kotain (2013) performed in A Letter from Syria, an evening of original Arabic music presented at the Painted Bride Art Center. Read more>>

Visual artist Ryan Trecartin (2009) will perform with the DJ Total Freedom during MoMAPS1’s “Warm Up” concert series, one of the country’s longest-running music programs within a museum. Read more>>

Visual artist Wilmer Wilson IV (2017) opens Fire Bill's Spook Kit, his first solo museum exhibition, at In Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium on July 1. Read more>>

In the News

Playwright James Ijames’ (2015) new play Kill Move Paradise, presented at the National Black Theatre in New York, was reviewed by The New York Times, which said the work "radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy." Read more>>

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an interview with author and visual artist Linh Dinh (1993) on his book Postcards from the End of America, for which Dinh traveled to dive bars around the country to produce an intimate portrait of American life. Read more>>

NPR Music interviewed musician Chris Forsyth (2011) about his forthcoming album Dreaming in the Non-Dream with The Solar Motel Band, and his “complicated relationship with transcendence.” Read more>>

Poet CAConrad’s (2011) Leave Something Quiet in Shell of My Ear was featured as the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day” on June 7. Read the poem>>