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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, Invisible City features key works by the period’s major architects, photographers, sculptors, designers, painters and conceptual artists. 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.

Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde
January 21- April 4, 2020
Opening Reception, January 30, 5-7pm

On view across four venues

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.

Invisible City Research

This interactive website consists of transcribed oral histories of vital participants in Philadelphia’s avant-garde community of the 1960s and 1970s with videos, images and an extensive chronology.

Explore

The exhibition will be on view at three University of the Arts venues–Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, the Art Alliance and Gershman Hall–as well as in a historic gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Locations and Open Hours:

Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Anderson Hall
333 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Monday–Friday:10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 12–5 p.m.
Gershman Hall
Lobby
401 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 12–5 p.m.
Art Alliance
251 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.*
Saturday: 12–5 p.m.
*8 p.m. on Thursdays

 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Historic Landmark Building
118-128 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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