Points of View Speaker Series

What Is Contemporary?
Saturday, January 26th 2:00 pm
Historic Landmark Building
$15 / Free for PAFA Members 

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.

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Kukuli Velarde: The Complicit Eye
Saturday, February 9th 2:00 pm
Historic Landmark Building
$15 / Free for PAFA Members.
 

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. Presented in collaboration with Taller Puertorriqueño.

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The Mind, the Heart and the Art
Saturday Feb 23rd 2:00 pm
Historic Landmark Building

$15 / Free for PAFA Members  

In conjunction with the Women’s Mobile Museum (WMM) exhibition at PAFA this spring, come learn 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 ambitious, year-long, paid apprenticeship in media arts. The panel will speak to the individual and institutional reckoning that must occur within a project aspiring to break down economic, racial and social barriers, while challenging the lack of representation in the traditional art world. The panelists will detail their year working as a collective and collaborating with the South African visual activist, Zanele Muholi. Moderated by WMM artist, Andrea Walls, the panelists include WMM project psychologist, Dr. Kathleen Walls, Psy.D.; WMM artist, Shana Roberts; and WMM Project Manager, Lori Waselchuk. The discussion will prioritize mental and emotional well being as a sustaining principle for women seeking careers in the arts.

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Artist Rina Banerjee installs "Take me...," an 18-foot recreation of the Taj Mahal constructed out of pink cellophane.

Artist Rina Banerjee installs "Take me...," an 18-foot recreation of the Taj Mahal constructed out of pink cellophane.

In Conversation: Rina Banerjee and Jodi Throckmorton
Saturday, March 16th 2:00 pm
Rhoden Arts Center
$15 / Free for PAFA Members

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.

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Alison Saar: Of Robust Constitution
Saturday, March 23rd 2:00 pm
Rhoden Arts Center
$15 / Free for PAFA Members 

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.

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Hank Willis Thomas
Monday, June 17th 6:00 pm
Rhoden Arts Center
$15 / Free for PAFA Members

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.

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