The Summer term has begun and we’ve got twelve new students joining our six current students in a summer intensive across the three degree programs that make up the Social & Studio Practices department: the Social Engagment (MA), Community Practices (MFA) and Studio Art (MFA). With the start of the term there are lots of people coming in and out of the classrooms. This summer promises to be active and intense!
Here are some of the highlights:
- Andrea Landau’s class will be heading to The Fabric Workshop and Museum where she will lecture about the Artist's Process Boxes. Lesley Shipley will take her art history course to Barnes Foundation exhibition “Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things.” Judith Tannenbaum will take her Professional Practice class to visit Sarah McEneaney and Judith Schaechter’s studios, to meet with tax attorney Bernice Koplin, and to meet with Alex Baker, Director of Fleisher Ollman Gallery. Our 2nd year Studio Art MFA’s are doing a summer intensive in Ireland with instructors Asuka Goto, Áine Phillips, and Martina Cleary at Burren College of Art where they will be visited by Damien Flood and Sonia Boyce.
- Theresa Rose’s Art + Life Practice seminar will rove around the city and visit a ton of great sites including: the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; The Center for Visual and Emerging Arts; Dilworth Park; City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy; City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation; The Village of Arts & Humanities; RAIR (Recycled Artists In Residence); The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage; artist & advocate Jennie Shanker; Temple Contemporary; Harris Steinberg (Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation); Nick Esposito (Head and Hand Press); CultureWorks & Hidden City; Scott Kipp; Marginal Utility; and Leroy Johnson.
- Shira Walinsky and Jane Golden will teach a course through looking at a number of “case studies” from the history of Mural Arts Program and beyond, including: a public discussion at Philly Cam, a tour on the El of Stephen Powers’ Love Letters project, site visits to MAP’s restorative justice murals, Open Source artists Jennie Shanker and Amber Arts, and Southeastbysoutheast; meetings with Robyn Busemen, Cindy Burstein, Eric Okdeh, Asian Arts Initiative, Project Managers for upcoming Mural Arts projects with Michael Rakowitz (Leslie Lodwick) and the Open Source series (Monica Campana); and sessions on evaluation and grant writing with Caitlin Butler and Dr. Samantha Matlin.
- Jess Garz and Jose Serrano-McClain will be feature a number of visitors in their shared courses including Paul Farber, Maria Rosario Jackson (virtual), Mark Stern and Susan Seifert, Prerana Reddy, Rick Lowe, Jamie Bennett (Artplace), Denise Brown (Leeway Foundation) and others
- Each Wednesday night the whole department will convene together for a meal and for sharing about our own work as well as visiting artist lectures from Lucia Babina (Co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies), Rob Blackson (Director of Temple Contemporary at Temple University's Tyler School of Art), Pato Hebert (artist, educator and cultural worker), and Chloë Bass (a conceptual artist based in Brooklyn, NY).
- And finally, on July 31 and August 1, Moore is happy to co-convene the In/Out summer symposium with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and co-organizer Paul Farber. The symposium will focus on time as a medium for socially-engaged art and will involve a number of stellar speakers and site visits including keynotes by Rick Lowe (Founder of Project Row House) and Walidah Imarisha (Co-editor of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements, AK Press/IAS, Spring 2015) and continue with presentations by members of Torture Justice Memorials (Chicago), Immigrant Movement International, Corona (Queens, New York City). In/Out will conclude with “The Long Now” a panel of several groups from Philadelphia that have been developing their community based art over substantial periods of time to be moderated by Helen Haynes (Chief Cultural Officer - Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Philadelphia) with participants including Denise Brown (Leeway, Bread & Roses, Scribe), Aaron Levy (Slought), Shira Walinsky (Southeast by Southeast), Selina Morales (Philadelphia Folklore Project) and others. Site visits will take place on friday to Neighborhood Time Exchange project, the Village of Arts and Humanities, and Asian Arts Initiative.