Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) was one of five venues presenting the exhibition The Graphic Unconscious in conjunction with Philagrafika 2010, Philadelphia’s international festival celebrating the print in contemporary art. Philagrafika 2010 focused on artistic practices that engage the visual, intellectual, and creative frontiers in printmaking and how these approaches relate to social and political issues in the public sphere.

PAFA’s participation in The Graphic Unconscious brought contemporary art into the midst of the museum’s collections. PAFA’s School of the Fine Arts is one of the oldest in the world, with a program whose history, while grounded in figuration, emphasizes both tradition and innovation. Addressing this commitment to craft-based practices, at PAFA, The Graphic Unconscious presented the work of seven international artists who take conventionally recognized mediums and treat them in new and imaginative ways.

Click HERE to listen to a radio interview on Philagrafika, which aired on NPR's All Things Considered. Julien Robson, PAFA's Curator of Contemporary Art was interviewed.

Participating Artists: Christiane Baumgartner and Orit Hofshi; Indonesian artist group Tromarama; Mark Bradford; Pepón Osorio; Kiki Smith; Qiu Zhijie

Curators: José Roca, Artistic Director of Philagrafika 2010, with John Caperton, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Print Center; Sheryl Conkelton, for Temple Gallery, Temple University; Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Lorie Mertes, Director/Chief Curator of The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design; and Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA
Dates: January 29 - April 11, 2010
Location: Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building; Morris Gallery, Historic Landmark Building


Leading support for PAFA’s participation in Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious is provided by RBC Wealth Management, and by the William Penn Foundation.

The presentation of work by Orit Hofshi at PAFA is co-sponsored by Israel Foreign Ministry, Consulate General of Israel, Philadelphia.

Additional support for presentation of work by Christiane Baumgartner at PAFA is provided by the IFA Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen e. V.

Program support for The Graphic Unconscious is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.