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Attracting national and international artists to our campus, this is the University’s primary exhibition space.
The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is the main gallery of the University of the Arts, located six blocks south of City Hall, across from the Kimmel Center. The gallery is free and open to the public. Noted projects of the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery include "Yvonne Rainer: Radical Juxtapositions 1961 – 2002" and "Seductive Subversion: Women and Pop Art 1958 – 1968,"—both supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage—which have won AICA Awards and been reviewed in major publications such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, Art History and Burlington Magazine, among others. Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery's current show, "Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde" is was six years in the making and is also supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
Photo: Matt Mullican (exhibited January 19–February 26, 2016); Courtesy of the artist, Mai 36 Galerie
Photo credit: Studio LHOOQ
Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde
University of the Arts / Rosenwald–Wolf Gallery
In an effort to help maintain the health and safety of our community, we have canceled all remaining public events for Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Avant-garde and temporarily closed our galleries.
March 19: Modern and Contemporary American Craft: Jennie Hirsh in Conversation with Helen Williams Drutt English
March 26: Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde Panel Discussion: Women of the Avant-garde
March 28: Modern Architecture Walking Tour with William Whitaker, Curator of Penn's Architectural Archives
April 2: An Evening of Poetry with Professor Daisy Fried and 'Invisible City' Poetry Award Winners
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Dates of Exhibition: Tuesday, Jan. 21–Saturday, April 4, 2020
Public Opening + Performance: Thursday, Jan. 30
5–7 p.m. Opening Reception; 7 p.m. Performance
Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde highlights Philadelphia’s significant contributions to visual, literary, and musical culture between 1956 and 1976. An interdisciplinary exploration that is centered at University of the Arts across three venues––Rosenwald–Wolf Gallery, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Gershman Hall––as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the project invites audiences to envision Philadelphia as “a city of firsts,” whose accomplishments include the first Pop Art exhibitions, innovations in architecture and urban planning, the country’s first rock music and The Philly Sound, and a substantial post-war growth of art schools.
Invisible City features key works by major architects, photographers, sculptors, designers, painters, and conceptual artists of the period, such as Denise Scott Brown, Rafael Ferrer, Ray Metzker, Ree Morton, Italo Scanga, and Robert Venturi. Moreover, the exhibition is enriched by ephemeral pieces such as posters, pamphlets, and films. In examining the history of performance art in the region, Alex Da Corte creatively re-invents Allan Kaprow’s important happening Chicken at Gershman Hall, where it was originally performed in 1962.
We invite you to join us in celebrating this city and the legacy of its creative practitioners as you explore the works in Invisible City. The exhibition is organized by University of the Arts and curated by Sid Sachs, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions at University of the Arts with Jennie Hirsh, Assistant Curator, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at MICA. Support for the research, development, and presentation of Invisible City has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Support for Invisible City has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.