Visual Arts

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.” 

Penn Today Staff

Five events to watch for in January

Winter welcomes a slew of new performances, lectures, and exhibits to Penn's campus, including the opening of the Arthur Ross Gallery’s latest exhibit, a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., and a walk for wellness.

Brandon Baker

Streaming endures growing pains

With several new contenders entering the streaming wars in the months ahead, faculty from Wharton and Cinema and Media Studies weigh in on the state of streaming and obstacles ahead.

Brandon Baker

The Addams Family legacy lives on

Former Penn student Charles Addams’ creations are back on the silver screen in a new 3D computer-animated film, more than 80 years after the characters were created by the artist.

Louisa Shepard



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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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