Temple Contemporary's Funeral for a Home and the Institute of Contemporary Art's Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, two Center-funded publications.
In May 2014, after months of community outreach and discussion, Temple Contemporary organized Funeral for a Home to celebrate the life and death of 3711 Melon Street, a single Mantua row home. This project responded to the widespread demolition of Philadelphia row homes in neighborhoods like Mantua, now designated a Promise Zone by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funeral for a Home culminated in a public procession with music from a local youth orchestra and gospel choir, and a neighborhood meal.
To document Funeral for a Home and the history of Mantua, including its implications for urban neighborhood preservation, Temple Contemporary has just released a limited-edition art book full of archival material, essays, and ephemera. In an editorial for Grid, Temple Contemporary director Robert Blackson calls the book "a humble and lasting tribute to the places we call home." Philebrity praised it as "a deeply mournful art book...completely unique on the art level while also being necessary reading for any Philly history geek."
Funeral for a Home is available directly from Temple Contemporary, as well as from local bookstore Brickbat Books.
Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, offered the first comprehensive US survey of sculptor Jason Rhoades' work. The exhibition was organized around four room-sized sculptures made from neon, plastic buckets, power tools, wires, figurines, sound, and other materials. After receiving acclaim for the Philadelphia exhibit, the show traveled to Kunsthalle Bremen in Germany, where it is currently on view.
The ICA has released an extensive monograph for Jason Rhoades, Four Roads, with a critical essay on each room-sized sculpture, accompanied by illustrations and explanatory texts that "illuminate Rhoades' materials and methods as both highly accessible and artistically complex."
Jason Rhoades, Four Roads is available directly from the ICA.