Invisible City Symposium. On Regionalism: Mid-century Art, Architecture and Culture in North America

November 14, 2019

Join us March 5-6, 2020 for the Invisible City Symposium, On Regionalism: Mid-century Art, Architecture and Culture in North America, which will include a keynote address by noted art historian and critic Thomas Crow and an exclusive performance of Allan Kaprow's Chicken (1962), a happening reinvented by acclaimed artist Alex Da Corte.

Invisible City Symposium

On Regionalism: Mid-century Art, Architecture and Culture in North America


Thomas Crow keynote speaker for Invisible City symposium

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 5pm

Keynote Address with Art Historian and Critic, Thomas Crow

University of the Arts | Hamilton Hall | 320 S. Broad Street

Going from Scene to Scene: the Multiple Bruce Conners

Necessary attention to the many regional clusters of innovative art making understandably emphasizes networks of artists in a single geographical locus.  It is rare for one artist to play a key role in more than one such scene.  But the film and assemblage master Bruce Conner made a capital difference in at least three during the late 1950s and early 1960s, offering another kind of diagnostic insight into what made San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston both similar and different.  Then, at the close of the 1970s, Conner shifted his medium to photography and his self-identification to the Punk style displacing his formative San Francisco bohemia.

Register for 5pm Keynote 


Allan Kaprow's 'Chicken' (1962), reinvented by Alex Da Corte

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 8pm 

Allan Kaprow's Chicken (1962), reinvented by Alex Da Corte
Separate Registration Required (more information & registration here)

On March 5th, 2020, in conjunction with the current show, Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde, organized by University of the arts and curated by Sid Sachs and Jennie Hirsh, Alex Da Corte and Kate Watson-Wallace will reinvent Kaprow's Chicken in the same location it was originally performed, now known as the Gershman Hall of the University of the Arts. 

Friday, March 6, 2020 | 9am - 5pm
Presentation of Papers

Art Alliance at University of the Arts | 251. S. 18th Street 

Session One:

9:00 am       Arrival
9:30 am       Introductory remarks, Sid Sachs, Director of Exhibitions & Chief Curator
10:00 am     Ken Lum
10:35 am     Leah Modigliani
11:10 am     Bill Whitaker
11:45 am     Robert Cozzolino

Register for Session One | morning  


Session Two:  

2pm          Afternoon Introduction, Jennie Hirsh, Assistant Curator
2:15pm     Melissa Rachleff Burtt
2:50pm     Rachel Churner
3:25pm     Suzanne Delehanty
4pm          Round Table with speakers, moderated by Sid Sachs and Jennie Hirsh

Register for Session Two | afternoon 

The Invisible City Symposium is supported by Edna W. Andrade Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.