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Le Cheri


Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 19, 2017


Holly Hanessian • C.Pazia Mannella
Mary Smull • Summer Zickefoose

For centuries, artists have shared their knowledge of techniques and the exploration of craft-based materials through performance. This use of demonstration to impart information is different for artists today who approach the very process of creating an object as the significant aspect of their practice, rendering the resulting object the remains of the processes used to create them. This group exhibition highlights artists who raise questions about crafting objects and their relation to process or performance, asking viewers to participate and take an active role in creating meaning.

Monument Lab

Sep 13, 2017 to Nov 20, 2017

Monument Lab

@ the Art Alliance, Rittenhouse Square
Featuring Sharon Hayes and Alexander Rosenberg

Monument Lab, a citywide public art and history exhibition produced by Mural Arts Philadelphia, takes place across the five squares and in five neighborhood parks throughout the City.The PAA will feature two artists, Sharon Hayes and Alexander Rosenberg, that were selected to work in Rittenhouse Square. In the galleries at the Art Alliance, the artists reveal singular insights into their projects, share additional artifacts and documentation from their engaged research, and open windows onto their creative processes and monumental thinking.

The Built/Unbuilt Square by Alexander Rosenberg offers an augmented reality and site-specific journey into Rittenhouse Square’s historical landscape. Passersby are invited to look into the past of the square through a pair of viewfinders each facing inward at the park. Within the scope of each viewfinder, the park is layered with embedded archival images of historical gatherings, renderings of constructed and proposed structures from the past, and animations of the square’s vitality and mythos.

If They Should Ask by Sharon Hayes is a temporary monument located in Rittenhouse Square that addresses the absence of monuments to women in the city of Philadelphia. The project proposes that the persistent and aggressive exclusion of women from this form of public recognition perpetuates historical misunderstandings and reproduces inequality in the City’s economic, social, political and cultural spheres.

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