News post – Ten years of Slought, Beck and Deville at Lehman Gallery, Julian Hoeber’s Demon Hill, opportunities and more!


It’a time to wish a happy tenth anniversary to the Slought Foundation. Aside from making tremendous progress in bridging the gap between institutions and the public with their thought-provoking works, they’ve recently launched a new organizational identity, website, a series of workshops and research, and initiatives such as Mixplace Studio, a new urban education model that is being jointly developed by youth researchers from West Philadelphia, students and faculty from PennDesign, facilitators from People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and Slought, other community voices and leaders, and architect Teddy Cruz at the Center for Urban Ecologies.
Dennis Oppenheimer, “Waveforms,” 2007.
The Percent for Art Program has been moving in an experiential direction lately, and one that coincides with the rise in art that makes innovative use of sound. A product of their requirement for developers who build on Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority land to budget at least one percent of the construction costs toward original public art, their new project, Sound Sculptures has been unveiled. Curated and produced by Bowerbird, Sound Sculptures features commissioned, site-specific work from four artists using a selection of Percent for Art projects as their templates, ranging in style from poetry to sound art. They include the likes of poet Pattie McCarthy’s spoken word piece for Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin, DJ/composer King Britt’s take on Jim Sanborn’s Ars Mendendi, and Dennis Oppenheim’s 2007 sculpture Waveforms accompanied by sound designer/producer James Plotkin’s song of the same name. You can check them all out via download from Sound Sculptures’ website or by scanning an on-site QR code located on temporary signage during Design Philadelphia. The website and more details can be found here.


The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, turned 3 last month and are celebrating with the biggest Philly Photo Day yet on Friday, October 26th! Everyone in Philadelphia is invited to take a picture and send it to PPAC, who print and hang every picture they receive; 250 photos are to be shown on local buses, trains and billboards.  In addition they’re sending teaching artists to 40 community centers to help people participate; co-founder Sarah Stolfa is teaching at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They’ve raised $5,000 via Kickstarter to help with their community part of the project. Way to go!

Herman Miller, Inc. is seeking a Graphic Design Fellow, for a full-time, temporary position covering Accounting, HR, Marketing, Sales or Manufacturing Operations Supervision work experience. receiving college credit from an academically sponsored, career-related program. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program or working toward a post-graduate degree at an accredited college or university, meet the minimum GPA requirement. Travel is required 10 % of the time, and the fellowship is located in Holland, MI. Visit their site for more info.

Art Takes Miami is now calling for submissions, offering a chance to win $10,000 and an exhibition in an exclusive, featured booth at SCOPE Miami this December. Click here to participate in the 1,001 Artists Project. The deadline is October 30.

Tyler School of Art is seeking a tenure track Associate/Assistant Professor in Art Education, to begin during the 2013-14 academic year. Check the Tyler website for full details on responsibilities and requirements for this position. Send letter of application, CV, three references with complete contact information (phone and email), statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of your work in the field to with the subject line: Tyler Art Ed Position-APPLICANT LAST NAME. Application review starts November 15, 2012, continuing until the position is filled.

The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts is currently taking submissions for their solo exhibition calendar for 2014; further details are forthcoming, but you can visit their website download the pdf submission guidlines, and contact J Gordon, Curatorial Associate, at for any additional questions regarding submissions. The postmark deadline for submissions is Friday, December 7.

Artist News

Philadelphia-born Martha Wilson, known for parodical conceptual text, performance, staged photography and video works, is a key presenter in Doing What You Want, a retrospective of Marie-Louise Ekman’s work from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. Together with Ekman and curator/art historian Silvia Eibelmayr, she is part of On Changing Roles, Cross-Over Dressing and the Artist as Joker. This presentation is in conjunction with Dream and Reality: A Series of Seminars Based on the Work of Marie-Louise Ekman, held at Tensta Konsthall in Spanga, Sweden. On Changing Roles takes place on October 19 from 3-6 PM; check Tensta konsthall’s website for more details.

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Julian Hoeber, Demon Hill.

Demon Hill, Julian Hoeber’s reality-shattering new project on display at the Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York, is an inspiration from a stock roadside attraction that uses a room built at a compound angle to achieve disorienting effects, drawing major crowds in the process. It garnered about 20,000 people in L.A. the first time around. Michael Landy, professor of neural science and psychology at New York, has explained this phenomenon in an informative interview for NPR.

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Kim Beck, “Space Available.”

Kim Beck and Abigail DeVille are two of the artists featured in “Space Invaders” at Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx. Curated by Karin Bravin, the show opened October 2 and runs until January 9, 2013, with a reception October 17 from 6-8 PM. Beck’s work can also be seen at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair, with Mixed Greens’ installation in the exhibit hall from October 18-21, 2012. Congratulations, Kim and Abigail!