The Rivers Restoration Project, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works.
Installation of Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, 2017. Photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation.
Kiera Duffy and the Opera Philadelphia Chorus in Breaking the Waves. Photo by Nicholas Korkos, courtesy of Opera Philadelphia.
A number of Center-funded performances and exhibitions have garnered national and regional media attention in recent months.
Artforum, The Philadelphia Inquirer, W Magazine, The Associated Press, and several other news outlets covered the opening of The Barnes Foundation’s multi-part project Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie (on view through May 22), which captures present-day flâneurs (strollers or idlers) through a gallery exhibition, newly commissioned installations, and outdoor performances. The Associated Press feature noted how the exhibition, which surveys works from over 50 international artists, is “taking art to the streets — and bringing the streets into the museum — as part of a major new exhibition that looks at engaging with public space and the urban experience.”
Jazz Bridge’s ongoing concert series Philadelphia Real Book Concerts - New Music in Jazz and Blues, which features performances by Philadelphia jazz musicians, received local news coverage from WHYY, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Philadelphia Tribune. On WRTI, jazz host Jeff Duperon described the project’s accompanying book as a “sort of a bible of Philadelphia artists—Philadelphia music—that you can use if you want to play the music.”
The opening of Fund for the Water Work’s The Rivers Restoration Project: A Freshwater Mussel Hatchery, a multi-media installation and mussel hatchery on the Schuylkill River, was reported on by The Philadelphia Inquirer and CBS3, which described the project as “part living science laboratory, and part interactive exhibit.”
Departure and Discovery: New Directions at the Apex of Creativity, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s concert series exploring the late stages of nine great composers, was reviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Broad Street Review. In two separate reviews, The Inquirer called the performances “powerful” and “illuminating,” and stated: “The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society has never suffered from an ambition deficit.”
Geoff Sobelle’s one-man play The Object Lesson recently traveled to New York for an extended run at New York Theatre Workshop. The performances were reviewed by The New York Times, Time Out New York, and Hyperallergic, which wrote: “As a performance artist, Sobelle is first-rate, and the vignettes that make up this show are stunningly choreographed.”
Opera Philadelphia continues to receive recognition for its innovative commission of Breaking the Waves, by Mizzy Mazzoli. In a Philadelphia Inquirer feature, Opera Philadelphia’s general director and president David Devan noted the project as “a catalytic moment in the company's history.” Classical music critic Peter Dobrin wrote, “With Breaking the Waves, the company is more confident in its artistic development process for creating new works.” The company recently released a free, on-demand audio stream of Breaking the Waves, available here.
Mural Arts Philadelphia revealed the participating artists and locations for its forthcoming public art project
Monument Lab: A Citywide Public Art and History Exhibition. The announcement was featured in several local news outlets, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY, and Philadelphia Magazine, and featured in The New York Times Style Magazine’s list of “10 Places to See Public Art in 2017.”