Fiona Tan Study Day is hosted by the Contemporary Art Department and the Division of Education of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) and the Liberal Arts Department at Moore College of Art & Design in collaboration with professors at the University of Pennsylvania. It is being presented in conjunction with Fiona Tan: Inventory, a current exhibition at the PMA.
Artist Fiona Tan’s Inventory, a six-channel HD and video installation, now occupies the Levy Gallery at the Perelman Building as part of the PMA’s Live Cinema series. Inventory comes to us from the Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), which co-produced the project with the PMA. Using six different camera formats, Tan takes us on a textured journey through the enigmatic museum founded by Sir John Soane at the turn of the 19th century in London. Trained as an architect, Soane (1753–1837) filled his home at 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields with objects, many of which he acquired during his Grand Tour and residence in Rome from 1778-1780. In 1833, Soane’s private home became a public museum—with the stipulation that it remain unchanged for posterity. Tan’s use of several moving-image formats, from Super-8 to digital, echoes the hybrid impulse of the architect’s collecting habits. Inventory therefore reflects the larger themes that have animated Tan’s earlier work, such as the space between mediums, places, and histories as well as the thorough imbrication of geography, memory, and identity.
The study day, designed for graduate and undergraduate students, especially those studying art history and curatorial studies, will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 29 with a coffee reception and installation walk-through at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It will continue into the afternoon at Moore College of Art and Design with a box lunch and discussion groups followed by a celebratory reception that will end at 4:00 PM.
The study day will consist of several small group discussions led by moderators from local cultural institutions, including Professors Janet Kaplan and Jonathan Wallis from Moore, as well as professors of art history, film, art, and architecture departments from various area colleges and universities. The small groups will focus on several discussion topics, all of which will be distributed in advance.
Space is limited. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Ickes at Charlotte.Ickes@philamuseum.org