Visual Arts

Engaging with the climate crisis, online

Across a quartet of digital platforms, including one for this week’s Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling convening, the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities is encouraging public engagement and the pairing of environmental art and science on climate issues.

Katherine Unger Baillie

A friendship born through marginalization

At the turn of the 20th century, Julian Abele and Louis Magaziner—a Black man and an immigrant Jew—were standouts in Penn’s School of Fine Arts about to launch distinguished careers in architecture. They were also beginning what would be a lifelong friendship. A Magaziner descendant and Abele admirer investigates what brought them together.

Amy Cohen

Sharon Hayes on performance art

Having come of age in New York City during the AIDS crisis, artist Sharon Hayes has always made work connected to political movements. She blends performance with installation and video to create large-scale works that explore the relationship between “the private and the public; the personal and the political.” 

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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.


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.


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.


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)