Dedicated to supporting the city’s community of film and food enthusiasts, Film al Fresco is an annual juried competition and showcase featuring independent film & video-makers from the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley regions.
The Galleries at Moore received a $20,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant to establish the Film al Fresco series. The Galleries were among 1,267 applicants who answered the question: “What’s your best idea for the arts in Philadelphia?” A diverse group, including individual artists, artist collectives, community groups, jazz and classical music organizations, theater companies and educational institutions, offered a wide array of innovative ideas but only 55 – including The Galleries – were selected as finalists.
The series expands The Galleries at Moore’s commitment to presenting the work of emerging Philadephia-based artists and its role as a venue for exhibitions and programs that focus on innovative ideas in contemporary art and visual culture.
OUR SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR 2014:
Kaytie Johnson is the Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator of The Galleries at Moore. She has held curatorial positions at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Johnson’s curatorial practice emphasizes experimenting with modes of presentation beyond traditional exhibition sites, developing projects that challenge the boundaries of conventional art practice and exploring the dynamics between artist, curator and audience. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions including Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk (2014); Thomas Glassford: Afterglow (2013); The Long Now (2012); Andy Warhol: I Am a Camera (2011); Diana Al-Hadid: Pangaea’s Blanket (2006); Skirting the Line: Conceptual Drawing (2006); and Borderabilia: The Museum of the Globalized Other (2005), which she co-curated with performance artist and theorist Guillermo Gómez-Peña.
Philadelphia-based artist Jennifer Levonian creates cut-paper animations that explore the ambivalence of everyday life and bring unnoticed events into life by transforming them into bizarre and uncanny events. Her work has been screened and exhibited nationally at venues including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Exit Art, New York; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; and in Philadelphia at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Levonian has been a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She received her B.A. from the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA and her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.