Pew Fellows News: Raphael Xavier’s Hip-Hop Practice in Visual Art Exhibition, James Ijames’ Kill Move Paradise at The Wilma Theater, and Leah Stein’s Site-Specific Dance at Woodmere Art Museum

28 Aug 2018


Raphael Xavier, photo courtesy of the artist.


Leah Stein, Bellows Falls. Photo by Michael Bartmann


David Ludwig. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Ursula Rucker at Belgrade Jazz Festival 2012. Photo courtesy of the artist.


Brian Teare, 2015 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.


Tiona Nekkia McClodden, 2016 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

This month, Pew Fellows offer premiere performances and exhibitions with works in photography, film, theater, dance, and music.

In Visual & Media Arts

Dancer and choreographer Raphael Xavier’s (2013) first solo visual art exhibition, Out of Time, studies the abstract history of hip-hop through photography and paintings from the last 20 years of the artist’s practice. On view at Dupree Gallery through September 29, the exhibition includes short guest performances and readings by Xavier. Read More>>

Visual artist Emmet Gowin’s (1994) photos are on view in Masters of 20th Century American Photography at Etherton Gallery in Tucson, AZ through August 31. Read More>>

Photographer William Williams’ (1997) exhibition A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom travels to Sordoni Art Gallery in Wilkes-Barre, PA. On view through October 7, Williams’ contemporary photographic works are presented alongside related historic objects, and consider sites and historic events in the New World between 1619–1865. Read More>>

Media artist Michael O’Reilly’s (1994) film Glass Jaw (1991) was screened at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Flat is Beautiful: The Strange Case of Pixelvision” from August 10–16. The weeklong program surveyed experimental uses of the PXL 2000, a 1980s-era plastic camcorder. Read More>>

In Performance

Playwright James Ijames’ (2015) Kill Move Paradise makes its Philadelphia premiere at The Wilma Theater September 4–23, after a successful run at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, NY. Ijames describes his play as "an expressionistic buzz saw through the contemporary myth that 'all lives matter.'" Read More>>

Choreographer Leah Stein (2018) and the Leah Stein Dance Company present Ground Works, a site-specific performance at Woodmere Art Museum, September 13–16. The work is designed to enliven a sense of place, memory, and the present moment through sound, movement, and touch. Read More>>

Musician Anna Weesner’s (2003) clarinet quintet debuts on September 17 as part of a commission of new works performed by The Lark Quartet and presented by the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake City. Read More>>

As a featured artist, composer David Ludwig (2018) premiered his new work “Paganiniana” at the Lake George Music Festival in New York on August 17. Read More>>

Electronic musician King Britt (2007) premiered his new piece “The Intention” at the TIME SPANS festival on August 15. For the New York debut, Britt collaborated with Chris Stark and contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, making The New York Times’ list of “7 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend.” Read More>>

In the News

Interdisciplinary poet Ursula Rucker (2018) discusses her upcoming performances, Pew Fellowship, and her love for Philadelphia in a feature story on City Wide. Read More>>

Poet Brian Teare (2015) meditates on the ideas of identity, sacrifice, cultural representation in his latest essay, written on the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ premiere of Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Read More>>

The Guardian featured Geoff Sobelle’s (2006) play Home at the Edinburgh International Festival. The play is built around the idea of human habitation as Sobelle describes, “My house is my home, but it was someone else’s before that…We share spaces in ways we don’t even see.” Read More>>

Interdisciplinary artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden (2016) made Artspace’s list of 2018’s “best pieces of art criticism” for her writing on photographer Texas Isaiah. Read More>>

Theater artist Dito van Reigersberg (2002) spoke with Philadelphia Magazine about his career and performance, The Welcome Home Show. Read More>>