Ain Gordon, 2018-19 Visiting Artist
Award-winning writer, director, and actor Ain Gordon returned to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for a seven-month term as a Visiting Artist. As the inaugural Visiting Artist in 2011, Gordon engaged in a residency designed as a creative exchange between a working artist and the Center’s staff, constituents, and communities—work he continued in 2018-19 in response to the evolving practices of Philadelphia’s cultural practitioners and the Center’s grantmaking work.
“Ain is a talented interlocutor,” notes the Center’s executive director, Paula Marincola. “He has a distinctive ability to think across disciplines and ask challenging questions that open up new possibilities for what can happen within artistic practice. We’re excited to have him back as a thinking partner for Center constituents and staff.”
In serving as a conduit between the Center and its grantees, Gordon’s past work includes the creation of the White Box Residencies, a program that invited outside artists to creatively explore the physical space of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and to interact with its staff, and An Experiment in Five Acts, a program designed for artists and cultural producers negotiating mid-career challenges. Gordon also contributed to Push Me, Pull You, a series addressing issues of co-authorship and collaboration. Read more about his previous tenure as Visiting Artist here.