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>>
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>>
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>>
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
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>>