Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Mary Kozmary (Nightmares),2007. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.
Fall brings a range of thought-provoking Center-supported exhibitions and public programs to Philadelphia audiences. See our roundup below for everything from traveling neighborhood exhibitions and site-responsive performances, to a new digital history project. Visit our events calendar for more.
Farm for the City
Through September 30
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Farm for the City has transformed center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a temporary, 2,000-square-foot “farm-as-art installation” to encourage public conversations about the role of urban agriculture in strengthening communities. Through the end of September, PHS continues its series of public forums, gardening workshops, and performances, offering the public a chance to explore issues surrounding healthy food access, social equity, and more. Click here for the full list of events.
Farm for the City installation at Thomas Paine Plaza. Photo by Rob Cardillo Photography.
The Poison Cookie Jar
The culmination of a multi-year study by John Jarboe and Sally Ollove, The Poison Cookie Jar is a rich and playful web project offering audiences a digital environment that documents the expansive history and contemporary practice of cabaret around the world. Going live on September 6, the website includes video interviews, recordings of songs and performances, and historical texts that highlight the cultural impact of cabaret.
John Jarboe with ensemble members of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Marlene and the Machine. Photo by Kevin Chick and Plate 3 Photography.
Publishing As Practice
Through September 30
Curator Kayla Romberger presents Publishing As Practice, a three-part residency program. Hosted at Ulises bookshop, the project explores publishing as an incubator for new forms of editorial, curatorial, and artistic practice. The second residency (July 22–September 30) features Martine Syms, working under her publishing imprint Dominica, who will transform the Ulises space into a shop selling new screen printed apparel and feature select texts, visual materials, and programming produced by the artist and collaborators. Syms considers the shop itself as a central aspect of independent publishing—not only a site of commercial transaction, but a locus of social exchange.
Publishing as Practice, Martine Syms/Dominica opening reception, July 2018. Photo courtesy of Kayla Romberger.
September 21, 2018–January 1, 2019
Israeli filmmaker and installation artist Yael Bartana reimagines historical narratives in an immersive installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along with the first US commission of a site-specific public performance by Bartana, titled Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!. The solo exhibition is dedicated to the artist’s provocative film trilogy, And Europe Will Be Stunned (2007–11), taking the complex history of Jewish-Polish identity as its point of departure in addressing themes of nationhood, memory, and belonging that are integral to Bartana’s work. The museum describes the performance as “forming a living monument” to the end of violence, including a public procession and series of eulogies about war, peace, and democracy. An opening reception will be held on September 20.
The Women’s Mobile Museum with Zanele Muholi
September 22–November 22
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center’s year-long artist residency and collaboration with Zanele Muholi offers four site-specific exhibitions featuring South African and Philadelphia artists. The Women’s Mobile Museum reimagines a museum as a collaborative, mobile exhibition space, featuring works by Muholi and South African teaching artist Lindeka Qampi, alongside ten Women’s Mobile Museum apprentices. This fall, the transportable gallery travels to the Juniata Park and Point Breeze neighborhoods of Philadelphia
The Women's Mobile Museum, renaissance, photo by Danielle Morris.
(ex)CHANGE: History, Place, Presence: Shahzia Sikander Artist Talk
Asian Arts Initiative has commissioned six Asian American artists to create public artworks across Philadelphia. Among them, Pakistani-born visual artist Shahzia Sikander experiments with scale and media, gathering narratives on place and solidarity. On October 19, Asian Arts Initiative will unveil her new work The Perennial Gaze as part of the Center-supported (ex)CHANGE project.