May Events Preview: Envisioning a Philadelphia Monument, Remembering a School, and More

15 Apr 2015


A scene from If She Stood by Ain Gordon. Photo by Nadine M. Patterson.


Pepón Osorio, Drowned in a Glass of Water, 2011, installation view.

Coming up in May, take part in multidisciplinary Center-funded installations and participatory events that consider representations of Philadelphia through monumental public art, a community's and artist's response to the loss of a school, and the intersections of historical and theatrical storytelling. Keep up with Center-funded events all year long at our Events page, for arts and culture experiences all over Philadelphia.

May 1

This project from Temple Contemporary, a living exhibition and discussion space combining visual arts and social practice to address Philadelphia school closings, launches on May 1 with a public gathering. Former Fairhill Elementary students, teachers, parents, and administrators will gather to move objects from now-empty classrooms to Temple's Tyler School of Art, where they will become part of a participatory installation by 2006 Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio.

AUX Curatorial Fellowships
May 10, 16, 22, 23, and 24

The AUX Curatorial Fellowships, administered through Vox Populi Gallery, begin again with the program's fifth Fellow, Katya Grokhovsky. Grokhovsky is a New York-based artist, curator, and organizer exploring multidisciplinary and multimedia practices that cross generations, genders, and geography. This seven-part curatorial series runs throughout May and includes feminist lectures, live performances, and more. Visit our May event listings for the full schedule.

An Artist Embedded
May 13

Through a series of public events, this Historical Society of Pennsylvania project explores how historical events are related to contemporary issues in the United States and how history gets documented and preserved, in collaboration with Obie award-winning playwright Ain Gordon. "Their Story, Our Story" on May 13 is a lecture on African American women of the early 1800s who worked to end slavery, paired with a dramatic reading from Gordon.

Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia
May 15–June 7

What is the appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This project, from Penn's Institute for Urban Research, attempts to answer this question through a series of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps. Monument Lab begins with an interactive research pavilion outside of City Hall, an installation by the late Terry Adkins in City Hall's Center Courtyard, and a series of speakers including 2005 Pew Fellow Zoe Strauss.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Barbara Kasten: Stages
Framing Fraktur