Visual Arts

The unique pandemic challenges faced by immunocompromised individuals

A photo-elicitation study funded by a Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) COVID-19 Rapid-Response grant has found that immunocompromised patients face unique challenges as a result of both their heightened risk of infection and adherence to government pandemic guidelines.

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The Washington Post

Massive Simone Leigh sculpture now greets Penn students

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about “Brick House,” the newest sculpture on campus. “It’s a moment for Black women artists in particular. A lot of work by these women is being seen in the public sphere,” she said. “Black women sculptors are making really powerful pieces that take up a lot of space.”

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The Washington Post

Essays reflect on connections between art and medicine

Rx/Museum is a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania and local art institutions that sends subscribers newsletters with artwork and accompanying essays. “We’re trying to weave an interesting multidisciplinary lens of clinical medicine and anthropology and social justice,” said Lyndsay Hoy of the Perelman School of Medicine.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

‘30 Americans’ at the Barnes Foundation brings a stellar lineup of black artists to Philadelphia

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of the School of Arts and Sciences curated “30 Americans,” an exhibit featuring new and older works depicting black Americans, at the Barnes Foundation.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn's ICA Receives $4.5 Million to Endow Curators' Positions

The Institute of Contemporary Art has received two donations from ICA board members Daniel and Brett Sundheim and from Penn Trustee Emerita Andrea B. Laporte, who also serves as a board member for ICA and the School of Nursing.

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Artnet News

What It Means for ICA Philadelphia to Become the First WAGE-Certified Museum—and Why Other Institutions Should Care

Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art has been certified by Working Artists and the Greater Economy (WAGE), an organization which helps artists and nonprofits form “self-regulating labor relationships” as they work to establish “radical equitability” in the art world.

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CBS News

Smooth Operator: Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown

Peter Decherney of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication contextualizes the impact of Garrett Brown’s Steadicam on the art of cinematography. (Video)

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