Points of View Speaker Series

Pioneering Women: Arts Leadership and Legacy in turn of the century Philadelphia 
Saturday, Feb 10th, 2:00 pm
Historic Landmark Building
$15 / Free for PAFA members

The turn of the 19th to 20th century saw Philadelphia’s women taking a decisive role in the leadership of their city. In the art world, they helped found new schools and educational organizations, playing prominent roles at PAFA, Drexel University and Moore College of Art and Design, and agitated more broadly as individuals for leadership roles in the wider Philadelphia community. Anna Marley, Curator of Historical American Art at PAFA and Lily Milroy, Professor at Drexel University, use art as a starting point to discuss the institutions, individuals and administrators that resulted from this historic moment in Philadelphia’s development. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Graphic Women.

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What Good is an Academy?
Thursday, March 1st 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Historic Landmark Building
$15 / Free for PAFA members
This program will be followed by light refreshments in the galleries.

The occasion of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday, the institution on which PAFA was modeled in its 1805 founding, offers an opportunity to reflect on the role of an art academy today. What relevance can an academic education have for a young artist working today? What are the roles of working from observation and study of classical form?  Where does discipline based learning fit in an interdisciplinary art world? And what use is there in mastering traditional conventions when they are soon to be broken?

Panelists addressing these questions and more will include Susan Cahan, Dean of the Tyler School of Art; Christopher LeBrun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts; Jane South, Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pratt Institute; Didier William, Chair of the MFA Program at PAFA; Arthur Watson, President, Royal Scottish Academy. Moderated by Clint Jukkala, Dean of PAFA. This is a collaboration between PAFA’s Museum and School and is offered in conjunction with the exhibition First Academies: Benjamin West and the Founding of the Royal Academy of Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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Photograph by Ramon Alvarez-Smikle

The Photography of Dawoud Bey
Saturday, March 17th 2:00 pm
Historic Landmark Building
$15 / Free for PAFA members

Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey’s four decade career has challenged viewers and institutions to reconsider the social presence and histories of marginalized communities through large scale color photography. In conversation with Brooke Davis Anderson, PAFA’s Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, this program will examine his practice from his earliest project Harlem, U.S.A. (1975-1979) to recent bodies of work like The Birmingham Project (2012), Harlem Redux (2014-2017), and Night Coming Tenderly, Black which will debut at the Front Triennial in Cleveland, OH in July 2018, providing a rare opportunity to explore the subjects, themes, and issues that have informed the ongoing work of this 2017 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

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This Is Your Brain on Faces
Saturday, April 7th, 2:00 pm
Historic Landmark Building
$15 / Free for PAFA members

Jayatri Das, Chief Bioscientist at The Franklin Institute, visit's PAFA for a talk that bridges both science and art. A the developer of their lauded exhibition on the science of the brain, Das is an expert on explaining how neuroscience and psychology can help us understand how artists create and how our brains process their creations. Focusing on the evolution of face recognition and preception in humans and primates, the causes and cases of prosopagnosia, better known as "faceblindness," and its transition into two dimnesional portraiture, and new research on face prediction, this fun and interactive presentation unpacks some of the science behind contemporary art-making practices.

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