January 18, 2019Collaboration Between Artist-in-Residence Mike Tanis and Physicist Randall Kamien
“Having an artist-in-residence is totally mind-blowing,” says Kamien, the Vicki and William Abrams Professor in the Natural Sciences. “It’s like when I play chess. I know all the rules, and in principle, I could figure out what you’re going to do, but I’m not very good at chess. Then there are the chess geniuses who can see deep into the game. Mike is like that. Mike takes the rules—the same rules that everybody knows for kirigami, just like everybody knows the rules for chess—and he then turns them into something so much bigger, so much more intricate than what we could possibly have imagined.”
January 18, 2019Renovations Completed at Kelly Writers House to Expand its Premier Arts Cafe
The most prominent and frequently used space in Writers House is the front parlor known as the Arts Cafe, where many readings and public events are staged. Beginning last summer and continuing through December 2018, the Arts Cafe has been revitalized and expanded to make it more usable and technologically friendly.
January 2, 2019The Sachs Program’s First Round of Grantmaking is Mentioned in the Artblog’s 2018 Liberta Awards
Every year the Artblog, an independent online publication about art and culture (with a focus on the Philadelphia region) produces a curated list of notable people, groups, books, and other art world stuff from the outgoing year. They released The 2018 Liberta Awards on December 27th and, amongst their "Other Notable Goings On," they included The Sachs Program's first round of grantmaking. We're thrilled! Thanks, Artblog!
January 2, 2019Seminar Co-taught by Herman Beavers and Suzana Berger is Bridging the Gap Between Penn students and the West Philly Community
What began eight years ago as a class to introduce August Wilson to Penn freshman has grown to also include older Philadelphians and students from William L. Sayre High School that wraps each semester with a performance of dramatic monologues by both class members and professional actors. The “Community Monologues,” which were performed in December, were written by students and inspired by the words of West Philadelphia residents and the works of Wilson.
December 13, 2018Romantic Prints on the Move: Call for Participation
Students, apply to participate in Romantic Prints on the Move: a conference to be held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts in Van Pelt Library and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on February 1-2, 2019. The conference includes two focused study sessions with 10 slots reserved for graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Applications from all fields are encouraged. The deadline is December 21, 2018! Accepted students will receive a small stipend of $250.
December 4, 2018This Year’s Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Seminar has Taken Students Inside the World of the Barnes Foundation
"Ars moriendi: Life and death in early photography,” is designed to introduce students to the history of photography—focusing on the 1800s—while offering them access to the Barnes Foundation’s curatorial, operational, and administrative team.
November 30, 2018Citizen Salon Exhibition Opening At The Arthur Ross Gallery
The Citizen Salon exhibition at the Arthur Ross Gallery (housed within the Fisher Fine Arts Library) will open on December 1st, featuring works of art chosen by members of the university and local community during a voting period that ran from May to September.
November 29, 2018At the ICA Philadelphia, Visitors Seek the Insights of a Beloved Security Guard
Linda Harris represents the position that you don’t need to know everything about a work of art to comment on what it’s doing or how it makes you feel.
November 8, 2018SP2 and Slought Launch Social Justice & Arts Integration Initiative
This Initiative makes the bold claim that the arts are an indispensable means and method of imagining justice and making democracy. Through public programming and educational opportunities, the Initiative aims to harness the power of university and community collaboration and elevate stories and histories of the struggle for justice in Philadelphia and beyond.
November 8, 2018Robert Drake’s Super Sounds of the ’80s at the ICA
Brandon Baker of Penn Today interviewed XPN DJ Robert Drake ahead of Paint the Dancefloor at the ICA, which he'll be DJing this Friday, November 9. The gathering follows a panel at the Arthur Ross Gallery that marks the 10th anniversary of Arts at Homecoming, and is co-organized by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, PennDesign, and the Institute of Contemporary Art.