Art Events this Week 2/17 – 2/23

Artist Talk with Penn Professor Orkan Telhan at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Artist Talk with Penn Professor Orkan Telhan at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Artist and biological designer Orkan Telhan explores the different roles microorganisms can play for shaping the future of the human diet.​​ This event is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Designs for Different Futures. This exhibition is a Journey through an electrifying landscape of designs that respond to the future in surprising, ingenious, and occasionally unsettling ways. From daring flights of imagination to products already on the market, the works on view explore what lies ahead for the earth and its inhabitants—through the interplay of design, art, science, and technology.


Weitzman Lecture: Steffani Jemison
FEB 20, 2020, 6:30PM–8PM

Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine “progress” and its alternatives. Recent solo exhibitions and commissioned performances include De Appel, Stedelijk Museum, Kai Matsumiya, MASS MoCA, Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, and Nottingham Contemporary. Recent and current group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial 2019 and Black Refractions, the touring permanent collection exhibition of the Studio Museum in Harlem.

In 2015, she presented her multi-part commission Promise Machine at the Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in several public collections, including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Kadist Foundation. Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003).

Lecture with Artist Michael Rakowitz: Ghosts, Hosts, Monuments, and Admonishments

The Penn Cultural Heritage Center and Perry World House present a keynote address with artist Michael Rakowitz, the 2020 Nasher Sculpture Prize Laureate and Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. He will speak on several projects spanning the past 20 years that engage with issues of displacement, disappearance, and reappearance, including his ongoing series on the pillaging of Iraq’s cultural sites, titled The invisible enemy should not exist.

The Invisible Enemgy should not exist

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