Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment

Philadelphia has long been a cultural center and, indeed, when PAFA was founded, Philadelphia was the most vibrant city in the Republic. A cradle for American art for over two centuries, it is now a city where hundreds of artists live and where hundreds more are being trained in its art schools and universities. Philadelphia is also a center that, over the past decade, has attracted artists away from other major cities, providing not only a richly supportive artistic community but also affordable working spaces and good transport and communications. The city provides a dynamic and vital environment that can be perceived in much of the work that is currently emerging from artists’ studios. In this context, Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment provided an opportunity to look at four emerging artists from Philadelphia who, in various ways, re-focus the idea of the urban through a lens that explores the dreams, experience, and potential of the lived environment. The four artists were: Arden Bendler Browning; Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala; Ben Peterson; Amy Walsh.

Curator: Julien Robson, Curator of Contemporary Art
Dates: July 1 – September 4, 2011
Location: Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building


PAFA's special exhibitions in 2011-12 are supported by generous contributions from Max N. Berry, Esq, Donald R. Caldwell, and Jonathan L. Cohen.