Points of View Speaker Series

Community Education

October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Black Magic with Rashaad Newsome

Multidisciplinary artist Rashaad Newsome will be in conversation with curator Jasmine Wahi about Newsome’s Black Magic, a project in two cities (Philadelphia/New York) that reflects on Blackness, gender, and futurity. Black Magic’s Philadelphia events include To Be Real, a multimedia exhibition at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center curated by Wahi that meditates on the contemporary magic and radical future of artificial intelligence.

Cost: Free / Registration required

Location: Rhoden Arts Center

Community Education

September 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Rebecca Rutstein: Convergence

Rebecca Rutstein’s new mural Convergence is a 60x100-foot mural on the Schuylkill River trail, created with Mural Arts Philadelphia. The mural celebrates the river and surrounding environment as it winds through Central Philadelphia, a fitting project for Rutstein, who is both an artist and an ocean explorer working at the intersection of art, science and technology. Rutstein will discuss how her art engages with her interests in geology, microbiology, and marine science, and her passion for forging a dialogue about environmental stewardship in the face of climate change.

Cost: Free with Registration

Location: Rhoden Art Center

Community Education

December 7, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Points of View Speaker Series: Public Dialogues: Landscapes Are Not Neutral

Landscapes show more than just the beauty of the natural environment – they also reveal the biases, agendas and historical problems of the times from which they come. This afternoon of expert talks seeks to acknowledge the missing stories and difficult narratives embedded in early American landscape traditions of representation, bringing to the foreground the role of native populations, women, and people of color during the early years of the American experiment.

Cost: $25 // $10 PAFA members and students

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

November 9, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Points of View Speaker Series: Stories of the River with Beth Kephart

The Schuylkill River has run through the dreams and ambitions of Philadelphia and her guests—the walkers, the rowers, the philosophers and politicians and scientists. Philadelphia-area writer Beth Kephart has been writing the river for more than a decade—in an “autobiography” called Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River, in Centennial-era novels, in works of journalism and in essays. Kephart will share river-rich scenes of her own before opening the conversation to participants to share river stories of their own.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Points of View Speaker Series: City Water, City Life

In City Water, City Life, historian and author Carl Smith explores the development of the first successful waterworks systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago between the 1790s and the 1860s. Smith shows how the discussion, design, and use of waterworks reveal how Americans framed their conceptions of urban democracy and how they understood the natural and the built environment, individual health and the well-being of society, and the qualities of time and history. Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English & American Studies at Northwestern University. This program is presented with the Philadelphia Water Works.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series: Andrea Wulf: The Invention of Nature

Andrea Wulf’s bestselling book The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World won literary awards and honors around the globe. Wulf tells the story of intrepid explorer Humboldt, the most famous naturalist of his day, who turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and whose writings inspired naturalists, poets, painters, and politicians. Upon the 250th anniversary of Humboldt’s birth, Wulf brings the “father of environmentalism” back to life and sheds light on his extraordinary contributions to our understanding of the natural world. This program is presented with The German Society of Philadelphia, whose commissioned sculpture of Humboldt is located on Martin Luther King Driver near Black Road in Philadelphia.

Cost: $20 General admission/ $10 PAFA and German Society Member

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Talk and Book Signing: The Landscapes of a New Nation

From the Declaration of Independence until the Centennial Exhibition in 1876, Philadelphia was an important site for landscape painting traditions that ultimately shaped the better-known Hudson River School movement.

Cost: $15 General Admission // Free for members

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

Community Education

July 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Rain Check: Workshop on Rainwater Management

Come to this workshop to learn how you can get a free rain barrel from the Philadelphia Water Department! Reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain gardens, depaving, and permeable pavers will also be offered. PWD believes that everyone can make a difference in transforming Philadelphia into a greener city with clean water.

Cost: Free for Philadelphia residents.

Location: Community Education Space, Historic Landmark Building

Community Education

March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | Alison Saar: Of Robust Constitution

Alison Saar comes to PAFA to speak about how she blends her multiethnic upbringing, multiracial identity and studies of Latin American, Caribbean and African cultures into a body of work that speaks to history, race and mythology in myriad ways. PAFA has collected eight of Saar’s works over the last ten years, including prints and sculptures that explore themes of cultural diaspora, spirituality, the history of race, and the role of the body as a marker of identity.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

March 16, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | In Conversation: Rina Banerjee and Jodi Throckmorton

Rina Banerjee is a voracious gatherer of objects, which she combines into sensuous and surprising artworks that reflect the influences of her childhood in India, her immigration to the UK as a child, and her love of the diverse cultures of her home in the United States. In conversation with Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton, Banerjee discusses her core practices of assembling, sculpting and printing artworks that make visible the transnational movements of people and objects and the accompanying social and economic inequalities that accompany those exchanges. The talk will be followed by a toast to the artist.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Art Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

June 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series: Hank Willis Thomas

Globally-renowned artist Hank Willis Thomas comes to Philadelphia for a lecture about his ground-breaking work as a conceptual artist and co-founder of the first-ever artist-driven super PAC, For Freedoms, a nation-wide initiative to promote civic engagement through the arts. Thomas often works with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture and in 2018, PAFA, added Thomas’s monumental afro pick, All Power to All People, to its collection of iconic American Art.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton

Community Education

February 23, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | The Mind, The Heart, and the Art

In conjunction with the Women’s Mobile Museum (WMM) exhibition, this discussion will prioritize mental and emotional well being as a sustaining principle for women seeking careers in the arts by highlighting how the inclusion of a culturally aware psychologist impacted ten women artists of different ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds as they navigated Philadelphia Photo Art Center’s year-long, paid apprenticeship in media arts.

Cost: $15/ Free for Members.

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium

Community Education

February 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | Kukuli Velarde and The Complicit Eye

Kukuli Velarde uses art to examine how we construct ideas of female beauty from colonization to the local barrio, to expose connections between beauty and violence, and to critique the systems of power that marginalize women of color. In conversation with Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton, Velarde will discuss her career and her first solo show of paintings in the United States, The Complicit Eye, on view at Taller Puertorriqueño this winter, and how like Rina Banerjee, she deconstructs art history to comment on women’s experiences in a patriarchal world and the challenges of making art in diasporic and immigrant communities.

Cost: $15 / Free for PAFA Members

Location: Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street

Community Education

January 26, 2019 - 2:00pm

Points of View Speaker Series | What is Contemporary?

As the landscape of ideas, movements and media in contemporary art shifts, how do we keep up? Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, offers a whirlwind tour of PAFA’s contemporary art acquisitions over the last four years to illustrate how curators and museums identify artists, themes and objects to bring into their collections, including new works by Cassils, Hank Willis Thomas, Mel Edwards, Ebony G. Patterson, Stephanie Syjuco and partnerships with art-making institutions like the Paulson Fontaine Press in Berkeley, CA.

Cost: $15 / Free for PAFA Members

Location: Historic Landmark Building, 118 N. Broad Street

Community Education

December 1, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Points of View Speaker Series | We’re All A Summary of Our Worlds: Three Dialogues

Join PAFA for an afternoon of dialogues exploring themes that transcend historic moments and geographical boundaries, like the tension between craft and art, the way commodities trade has defined cultures, and the influence of life on the hyphen for contemporary artists working between multiple home communities.

Cost: $25 / $10 Members and Students

Location: Historic Landmark Building, Hamilton Auditorium