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PAA Announces New Program Series!


The Philadelphia Art Alliance is thrilled to announce our newest program stream, The Commonwealth! Continuing with PAA’s new mission of the advancement and appreciation of contemporary craft and design, The Commonwealth will explore the current issues pertaining to the modern craft and design movement, through panel discussions and lectures by artists, academics and curators from the notable craft specific institutions in the city and the larger Northeast Corridor. The selection of critically acclaimed speakers represent the next generation of craft artists and curators, who will seek to provide a clearer understanding of the place of craft and design in the larger context of modern fine art. This series is the product of collaborations between PAA and nationally featured artist/educator Doug Bucci, who is serving as Program Curator. The Commonwealth will kick off on October 14th, 2010 with a lecture by David McFadden, Senior Curator of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, and will continue with subsequent lectures each month (excluding January) until the series wrap-up in May 2011.  The dates, times and topics are as follows:

  • October 14 – 7:00 PM:
    Speaker: David McFadden, Chief Curator, Museum of Art and Design, NYC
    Topic: The Institutional Joining of Art Craft and Design
  • November 11 – 7:00 PM:
    Speaker: Svenja John, Internationally renowned German jewelry artist
    Topic: The Global Craft Movement
  • December 9 – 7:00 PM
    Speaker: Candy Depew, Cultural Entrepreneur and Director, Candy Coated Center, Philadelphia
    Topic: Departures from Craft

Spring 2011 Schedule

  • February 10 – 7:00 PM
    Speaker: Melanie Bilenker, Philadelphia jewelry artist
    Topic: Objects of Memory
  • March 10 – 7:00 PM
    Speaker: Judith Schaechter, Philadelphia glass artist
    Topic: Social Movements
  • April 14 – 7:00 PM
    Speaker: Adelaide Paul
    Topic: The Influence of Science and Technology
  • May 12: 7:00 PM
    Wrap Up Panel Discussion with 2010/11 featured lecturers
    Moderator: Rama Chorpash, Chair and Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, UArts

PAA announces this new series with great excitement, as we embark on the next chapter of our distinguished history.  Having successfully navigated through our transition from a multi-disciplinary art center to one focused on contemporary craft and design, PAA is poised to embrace our new mission, and position our institution as a pre-eminent presenter of thought provoking craft and design exhibitions and programs in the Philadelphia region and beyond.  The Commonwealth  will solidify this commitment and usher in a new era for PAA and our constituents.

For more information, call 215-545-4302

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