The Print Center

1 Dec 2016


Installation view of Demetrius Oliver: Canicular at The Print Center, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. Photo courtesy of The Print Center.


Demetrius Oliver, Canicular, 2014, observatory with dog door, live-feed projection, and sound installation,
12’x11'x11’ as part of Demetrius Oliver: Canicular at The Print Center. Photo by Andrew Pinkham Photography.


Demetrius Oliver, Messier, 2013, digital c-print, 12.5\x19\". Courtesy of The Print Center."


Demetrius Oliver, Deutan, 2014, green flood lights and infrared heat lamps; and Heliometric, 2014, buckets, steel, slide projector, and single slide as part of Demetrius Oliver: Canicular at The Print Center. Photo by Andrew Pinkham Photography.

One of the first venues in the United States dedicated to the appreciation of limited edition prints, the Print Center has expanded its purview to include photography and ephemera. It was one of the core venues of Philagrafika's The Graphic Unconscious—a 2010 citywide festival of contemporary art in print. The Print Center has also curated projects in the public realm far beyond its walls, though most of its exhibitions are presented in its townhouse in Center City. Past exhibitions have featured the work of Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Dox Thrash, Jasper Johns, Ansel Adams, Art Spiegelman, and more recently Kara Walker, Jerry Uelsmann, John Coplans, Kerry James Marshall, Nancy Spero and Leon Golub, Ann Hamilton, Vera Lutter, Abelardo Morell, and Doug and Mike Starn. In 2014, with Center funding, the Print Center commissioned an ambitious and challenging exhibition of new work by New York-based Demetrius Oliver. In 2020, the Print Center received a Center Project grant for A Brand New End: Survival and Its Pictures, a solo exhibition of photo-based work by Carmen Winant that will reflect on historic and contemporary visual representations of women’s oppression, liberation, and self-expression.