Through our website, newsletter, and alumni quarterly, The Sachs Program highlights events, performances, exhibitions, and other forms of public engagement on and off campus. Most of what we list is neither produced nor directly supported by The Sachs Program. Our intent is to point you to the great things happening at Penn and driven by Penn faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Penn is a destination for the arts. Happenings are what we think you should be experiencing now.
Wednesday 17 JulyArtist Talk at ICA: Unmeasured Presents by Orkan Telhan
Orkan Telhan is an artist who studied at University of Buffalo with Tony Conrad between 2003-2005. He documented some of the earliest “digital” images of Tony Conrad’s work through a series of conversations and site-visits during this period. In this lecture-performance in conjunction with Introducing Tony Conrad: A Retrospective, the artist will reflect on a series of ideas rooted in Conrad’s work using personal footage and works by other artists who studied with Tony Conrad. The event will begin at 6:30 PM.
Thursday 18 JulyThe PLOT Project with Rebecca Kamen at the Franklin Institute
In a quest to discover new understandings about our relationship to the moon, the PLOT project bridges art and science by collectively weaving historical narratives celebrating exploration and the process of discovery. Rebecca Kamen will discuss the process of the project and lead a viewing of the PLOT video created for an art exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Landing. The screening and discussion will take place at the Franklin Theater at 8 pm.
Friday 19 JulyMindfulness at the Museum
Mindfulness at the Museum is a series of drop-in guided meditation sessions facilitated by skilled holistic practitioners. The ICA hosts Mindfulness at the Museum most Fridays throughout the year, from noon to 1 PM. Each session begins with a brief description of how the interaction will unfold. From there, you are led into either walking or seated mediation for approximately 20 – 30 minutes, as you collectively engage with mindfulness in silence with fellow participants. The session wraps-up with a moment of reflection, providing you with an opportunity to learn more about the individuals you’ve taken this journey with, and how your collective experiences relate to art.
Saturday 20 JulyDave Alvin at World Cafe Live
Dave Alvin will be in concert with special guests Greg Leisz and Christy McWilson, celebrating the the 25th anniversary of King of California. Recorded in Los Angeles the day after the historic 1994 Northridge earthquake and produced by Greg Leisz, King of California had its genesis in the album’s title track, a readymade folk ballad, written for Alvin's mother, in which an aspiring suitor heads west to make his fortune in the wild, still-young Golden State. “’King of California’ is when I decided I would let the song tell me what it sounds like,” says Alvin. “Ever since then, that’s been my rule.”
Saturday 20 JulyRecord Fair
Join Ligthbox Film Center for a Record Fair on Saturday, July 20 from 1-7pm on Innovation Plaza (along 37th Street between Chestnut and Ludlow Streets), featuring vinyl record vendors, great music, and good eats by local food trucks. Then be sure to stay for the 7pm screening of Michael Laughlin’s Strange Behavior as part of our Shimmering Synths series! Sponsored by WKDU 91.7FM.
Sunday 21 JulyExtra Credit at ICA: Propaganda is Public Relations, Public Relations is Social Practice
Without regard to hierarchies of high versus low culture, Ricky Yanas will present a loose chronology of propaganda’s deployment in service of centers of power and its negation/ appropriation by artists and counter-cultural movements. Comprising important innovations and landmark campaigns including Virgil’s Aeneid (19 BC), the origin of the term “public relations” (1919),”bacon and eggs” (1924), Ivory soap sculptures (1923), etc., as well as interventions by groups like Situationist International (1957-1972), The Black Panther Party (1966-1982), and Act Up (1987-2000), this session will consider the craft of myth-making and cultural production as one of the most important art forms of the 20th Century.