News post – Chris Burden passes away, Ken Lum launches Monument Lab, Rebecca Rutstein to set sail, opportunities and more.



Chris Burden, Urban Light. AP Photo/Nick Ut.
Chris Burden, Urban Light. AP Photo/Nick Ut.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of performance artist and sculptor Chris Burden at age 69, at his home in Topanga Canyon. The cause was malignant melanoma, as reported in the L.A. Times.

Ken Lum, integral advisor to the Artblog ASR project, is getting ready to ask an entire city the question: what would a monument that fully captures the identity of Philadelphia look like? Accordingly, he invites everyone to come to the launch of Monument Lab this Friday, with City Hall serving as the research pavilion. Monument Lab comes with a full complement of art installations, public events, and community-sourced maps, and runs until June 7, so don’t miss its practitioners and participants’ various platforms! Here is a partial list of some of the Noon Talks scheduled:

Whether you’re seeking a dirt-cheap fixer-upper or are more of a turnkey person, Fleisher Art Memorial is hosting a free program tomorrow evening with realtors who specialize in helping artists find homes. Sanctuary Series: Housing for Artists – Ask Your Realtor begins at 6 PM at Fleisher. 

Reminder: it’s about that time. PAFA celebrates its 114th Annual Student Exhibition and its 210th commencement from May 15-June 7, with the ceremony taking place on May 15!


If your volunteer schedule for the summer is still lacking, InLiquid to the rescue. They’re still, as always, welcoming volunteers for Art for the Cash Poor, held this year on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, from noon – 6 pm, rain or shine at the Crane Arts Building. To apply, please select available shifts using the form on the Volunteer Page.

The RISD Educators’ Institute is holding a set of excellent workshops spanning several disciplines, strengthened by instructors and guest speakers. First up is [Re] Visiting Drawing, taught by Nancy Friese, Jane Masters and Timothy McDowell from July 20–24 in the Institute’s studio. Then there’s Art, Science + Nature: Investigating Coastal Ecosystems in the Field, Lab and Studio, taught by Neal Overstrom and Jennifer Bissonnette from July 26–31, and bringing a series of lectures, hands-on field sessions and workshops to participants. Register now for one or both of these weeklong immersive courses.

Artist News

Via Instagram, the boat-cum-floating conversation platform of the Sarafina Project. Photo courtesy of Alserkal Avenue.
Via Instagram, the boat-cum-floating conversation platform of the Safina Project. Photo courtesy of Alserkal Avenue.

via Alserkal Avenue – A timely, perhaps more impactful take on some of the ideas touched on at this year’s Venice Biennale? The Safina Radio Project, commissioned by Alserkal Avenue and curated by Anabelle de Gersigny, was a boat transformed into a recording studio navigating the Venetian waterways. In the course of transporting its passengers, the boat served as a mobile platform for ideas and dialogue, and had the benefit of a huge number of artists, writers and curators taking part in conversations and happenings on its decks. At a glance, the list of participants includes Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Raqs Media Collective,  John Akomfrah with writer Coline Milliard; artists Mohammed Kazemand Cristiana de Marchi. An audio recording of each live event was uploaded to the website and online portal, which includes the full program in Venice from May 6 to 8, presented alongside a range of content commissioned only for the site itself, like a piece by Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Karim Sultan. It’s well worth exploring.

Artists and historic places of worship have always had a rich, if complex relationship, but very often their partnership leads to incredible things. Led by Neville Vakharia of Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and Partners for Sacred Places, a three-city research project that has made gains in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Austin, just launched in Detroit on May 6.

Titanic Discoverer, Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and soon to be home to Rebecca Rutstein. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Titanic Discoverer, Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus, and soon to be home to Rebecca Rutstein. Photo courtesy of the artist.

via Bridgette Mayer Gallery – Artist as seafarer: Rebecca Rutstein has been selected as a 2015 “Artist at Sea” Science Communication Fellow set to sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2015 expedition,becoming a member of the Corps of Exploration aboard E/V Nautilus in July as they explore from the Galápagos Islands to the southern California coast, focusing on an area 1000 nautical miles west of Colima, Mexico to international waters, where there are two sites of interest for seafloor mapping. If you’re feeling intrepid (as we are!), Rutstein’s experiences are going to appear while she is at sea via streaming video on the Nautilus Live website, a 24-hour portal.


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