Fellows Friday News: The Object Lesson Impresses and The Barefoot Artist Premieres

05 Dec 2014


Marshall Allen, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

This month's Fellows news digest features Geoff Sobelle, whose Center-funded play The Object Lesson wowed New York audiences; The New York Times named it a Critics' Pick, calling The Object Lesson a "charming and sobering" performance piece.

Watch the trailer for The Barefoot Artist, a new film about the life and work of Lily Yeh, filmed by Glenn Holsten and opening December 5 in New York City.

Marshall Allen speaks with The Philadelphia Inquirer about his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, as Sun Ra's centennial approaches. Read on to learn more about our Pew Fellows' work and recognition around the world.

Artists on Tour

The New York Times calls Geoff Sobelle's The Object Lesson "a cunning show...a ruefully, comically sentimental piece that plucks a fleeting connective poetry in the seeming randomness of what we hoard." Playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music after an award-winning run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Object Lesson was also a NYT Critics' Pick.

The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont presented Raphael Xavier's (2013) Center-funded work, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance, crediting him with "reinvigorating the Philadelphia hip-hop community."

Innovations in the News

Glenn Holsten's (1997) The Barefoot Artist, documenting the life and work of artist Lily Yeh (1992), is hailed by Broadway World as "a visually stunning and deeply emotional film."

The New York Times calls Sarah McEneaney's (1993) "Studio Living" show, now on view at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, "an energetic push-pull between form and narrative."

Alex Da Corte's (2012) collaborative Easternsports installation at ICA Philadelphia continues to garner praise. This review in The St. Claire places him in the same lineage as video artist Ryan Trecartin (2009). Da Corte also worked again with artist Dev Hynes on a new music video, "It Is What It Is," which Paper Magazine applauds for its "magical thinking and visually striking set."

Architect Jenny Sabin's (2010) use of biological forms in innovative design is featured in Wired.

Ryan Trecartin (2009) co-curates The New Museum's 2015 Triennial, and is named among ArtReview's 2014 list of the most powerful figures of the contemporary art world. He also receives critical acclaim from The Huffington Post, for his current project with Lizzie Fitch at Regen Projects in Los Angeles.

New Releases Look Backwards and Forwards

In honor of Sun Ra's centennial and the release of In the Orbit of Ra, The Philadelphia Inquirer interviews Marshall Allen (2012) about his life and work with the legendary jazz group.

King Britt's (2007) new album, Strong and Independent, was just released through Playback Musik, the record label that he created as part of his SPACES residency with the Village of Arts and Humanities. Philebrity covers the release, with a link to one of the album tracks.

The New York Times cites Orrin Evans' (2010) Liberation Blues among live jazz albums worthy of year-end lists.

Both Jenn McCreary (2013) and Frank Sherlock (2013) have poems published in the latest issue of The Brooklyn Rail.

Chris Forsyth (2011) and his Solar Motel Band are lauded in Magnet Magazine and The Vinyl District for the "expansive soundscapes" on their latest release Intensity Ghost.