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 16 OctoberCommon Press: Intro to Letterpress
Learn the fundamentals of setting type and letterpress printing on our Vandercook cylinder presses. We will also discuss alternatives to setting type for printing on the press (photopolymer plates, linoleum, pressure printing). Required as a prerequisite for printing on the Vandercook during Open Studio Hours. Registration is required. Open to UPenn students, faculty, and staff.
Wednesday 16 OctoberA Celebration of “Plagued By Fire” Featuring Paul Hendrickson
Paul Hendrickson — an eminent writer, Penn faculty member, and longtime friend of the Writers House — has written an extraordinary new book about Frank Lloyd Wright. Plagued by Fire is a pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Join us at the Kelly Writers Workshop Arts Cafe for a talk by the author, followed by a celebratory reception.
Wednesday 16 OctoberPassing as Americans: Filipinx Perspectives on Contemporary Art
In conjunction with Michelle Lopez: Ballast & Barricades, this conversation examines strategies used by Filipinx artists and curators to navigate questions of race and cultural production within the museum against the rise of authoritarianism in both the U.S. and the Philippines. Michelle Lopez joins fellow artists Josh Kline and Paul Pfeiffer to discuss the limits and possibilities of art, identity, and politics, moderated by Joselina Cruz, Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila.
Thursday 17 OctoberSpeakeasy Open Mic Night
This student-run open mic night welcomes all kinds of readings, performances, spectacles, and happenings. Bring your poetry, your guitar, your dance troupe, your award-winning essay, or your stand up comedy to share.
Friday 18 OctoberMindfulness 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 19 OctoberNight Three, Moon Viewing Platform (Waxing Gibbous Moon) Performances with Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib, and Eugene Lew
Moon Viewing Platform is an interdisciplinary public installation that will transform an inhospitable and disused stretch of open-air land into a large-scale performance/gathering space featuring regular acts of caring, a stage, and building-sized nighttime video projections featuring an episodic series of short films. The garden/installation references the karesansui (Japanese dry landscape garden), as it becomes a set for a series of short videos and musical performances, inviting audiences to enter another world through the senses and the imagination and provides the opportunity to engage in intimate commemorative gatherings that celebrate compassion, creativity, and community as essential components of human life. Eugene was also the 2018 recipient of Sachs Program for Arts and Innovation and the director of sound and music technology at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences.