The Galleries at Moore invite all voracious readers, watchers, listeners, gamers, and talkers to join us this summer for our first ever Mixed Media Club – a book club for all different types of media. We asked local artists and educators to lead discussions on their favorite short (300 pages or 100 minutes) books, graphic novels, movies, television programs, albums, podcasts, or games. Each session will feature a new presenter with selected media and will include brief readings/screenings/listening’s followed by a guided group discussion. These are drop in sessions so feel free to come to one or to all seven!
All sessions are FREE and open to the public. Check out below for more information on the presenters, their selected media and where to find it.
Mixed Media Club Calendar
Wednesday, June 7 @ 6:30 - 8PM
What Was I Scared Of?, Horton Hears a Who, and Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose by Doctor Suess
Presented by: Al San Valentin
- What Was I Scared Of? via Amazon
- Horton Hears a Who via Amazon
- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose via Amazon
We will experience a brief return to our early childhood days with a story circle-type reading format of three Dr. Seuss stories. Discussions will contextualize the stories in the collective memory of the vast openness of our world when we were children as well as the contemporary issues that now occupy our grown-up minds . Be sure to bring your listening ears!
Al San Val is an artist, musician, and preschool teacher in Philadelphia. They are constantly surprised by the multiple ways we have never really grown up.
Wednesday, June 14 @ 6:30 - 8PM
The World, the Flesh and the Devil directed by Ranald Macdougall and staring Harry Belafonte
Presented by: Matt Kalasky
Set in post-apocalyptic New York this 1959 drama stars Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens and Mel Ferrer and interrogates the racial inequality of its pre-Civil Rights era.
Matt Kalasky is the Education and Public Engagement Coordinator at The Galleries at Moore.
Wednesday, June 21 @ 6:30 - 8PM
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Presented by: Gérardine Aldamar
“Claudia Rankine’s Citizen comes at you like doom. It's the best note in the wrong song that is America. Its various realities - ‘mistaken’ identity, social racism, the whole fabric of urban and suburban life - are almost too much to bear, but you bear them, because it's the truth” - Hilton Als
Gérardine Aldamar was born in 1994 in Brooklyn, New York. She now resides and is based out of Philadelphia, PA where she has been living for most of her live. She primarily works in sound and video instillation, dealing issues under the umbrella topics of race and identity.
Wednesday, June 28 @ 6:30 - 8PM
ELYSIUM by Jenn Marie Brissette
Presented by: Alex Smith
“A computer program etched into the atmosphere has a story to tell, the story of two people, of a city lost to chaos, of survival and love. The program's data, however, has been corrupted. As the novel's characters struggle to survive apocalypse, they are sustained and challenged by the demands of love in a shattered world both haunted and dangerous.”
Alex Smith lives in the seams in the cloth of existence where he desperately stitches together universes with one hand and with the other, armed with an espresso tamp, makes valiant attempts to keep his lights on. A member of the sci-fi artist/activist collective Metropolarity (http://metropolarity.net/), the founder of the queer sci-fi reading series Laser Life, and curator of the retro-futurist electro mash-up art-jam Chrome City, Alex's stories and writings embolden the weird, strange, and revolutionary dichotomy of being Black and queer in a world that marginalizes both. Selected by Rosarium Publishing for Stories for Chip an anthology dedicated to the writing of Samuel Delany, and for Black Quantum Futurism's Space-Time Collapse: From the Congo to the Carolinas, it's Smith’s flash fiction collection Gang Stalk Oprah, self-published sci-fi zine A R K D U S T and super-hero space opera comic book BELIEVERS that will kidnap you, convert you, shoot you in the leg and then set you free. Follow: alexoteric.xyz
Role Playing Board Game
Wednesday, July 12 @ 6:30 - 8PM
Dungeons & Dragons by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson
Presented by: Stephen Wood
Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. This session will feature a discussion of the game as well as some gameplay related activities. For fans and novices alike!
Stephen Wood is a digital artist with a focus in illustration, game arts, animation, and new digital media and how each interact with one another and change with new technologies. He has been working in the table top games industry for the past 10 years and as a Professor in games and animation for the the last 5 years. Currently Stephen Wood is the Lead Faculty for the Animation and Game Arts program for the Moore College of Art and Design. www.sjwoodart.com
Wednesday, July 19 @ 6:30 - 8PM
Projects from Moore’s Graduate Students
Presented by: Moore Graduate Students
Students in Moore’s Graduate Program will present their "Lived Thesis" projects, which consist of performative and public programming related to their MFA Thesis Exhibitions.
Wednesday, August 2 @ 6:30 - 8PM
Music videos of Pierre et Gilles
Presented by: Daniel de Jesús
This presentation takes a stroll down the lane of 90’s gay culture in Paris through the eyes of the French art duo Pierre et Gilles. We will look at their videos and learn about their work and influence in contemporary art.
The musician and multi-media artist, Daniel de Jesús was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His art artwork and music are a fusion Baroque music and art, pop-culture and the history Puerto Rico and South America. He is also docent and lecturer on contemporary art and Latin American art history for the Taller Puertorriqueño and has published several essays for the organization.