Graduate Fine Arts

Photo of the Berlin Wall
In A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), Paul Farber, senior research scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space, traces the history of the Berlin Wall as a site of pilgrimage for American activists, writers, and artists. In this excerpt, Farber highlights the work of sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri, whose photographs documented the renovations and social realities of the Wall.
View of Art Museum gallery

Photo Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Designs for Different Futures” exhibition includes contributions and installations from several Penn faculty and alumni, including the Weitzman School’s Orkan Telhan and Simon Kim. Telhan also co-curated the exhibition.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley have been appointed as Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year.
'Monument Lab' book cover showing public sculpture
The following excerpt is drawn from the introduction to Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (Temple University Press, November 2019), the new volume edited by Paul M.
Michelle Lopez stands in the white-walled galleries at the ICA, a scissor life in the background

Photo: Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Faculty member Michelle Lopez pushes the boundaries of materials in a new room-sized exhibition, Ballast & Barricades, at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). The site-specific installation, on display until May 10, features construction-derived materials hanging from, and reaching up to, the 30-foot-high gallery ceiling. Steel pipes, chain-link fencing, wooden barricades, and bright orange ropes fill the room from top to bottom, all connected, balanced by a 1,000-pound piece of a building salvaged from a teardown in Northeast Philadelphia. 
A bronze bust of Stuart Weitzman is unveiled by Dean Fritz Steiner (left) and President Amy Gutmann, while Weitzman (right) looks on during the Stuart Weitzman School of Design naming celebration.

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Designer and footwear industry icon Stuart Weitzman was honored in a ceremony Thursday celebrating the naming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and Stuart Weitzman Plaza. President Amy Gutmann thanked Weitzman for a “lifetime of engagement with Penn,” saying he “believes in the power of design to immeasurably improve the human experience.” 
Reproduction of Théodore Géricault's 'Raft of the Medusa'
In a collection of essays entitled Everything is Relevant: Writings on Art and Life, 1991-2018, Ken Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts, illuminates late modern, postmodern, and contemporary art practices, as well as debates around issues like race, class, and monumentality. In this excerpt, “On Board the Raft of the Medusa,” Lum considers Géricault's famous painting 'Raft of the Medusa.'
Students and Sharon Hayes stand in a darkened room

Photo Lou Caltabiano

On the heels of a pilot projected called Performance Intensive which she co-led that drew artists from around the country, artist and Professor of Fine Arts Sharon Hayes talks about the experience working across genres, the interplay between her teaching and her practice, and her path to performance art.
View through doorway to gallery with Postscript lettering on wall to right
What could you do with a 17 by 17 foot white room?
A multi-ethnic group of people seated in a circle conversation.

Photo: CJ Willis/Monument Lab

Paul Farber’s colleagues now joke that he is holding his meetings atop a monument.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design has appointed artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley the Keith L. and Kathy Sachs Visiting Professors in the Department of Fine Arts for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year.
"Breakfast Before Extinction" photo by Orkan Telhan

"Breakfast Before Extinction" photo by Orkan Telhan

Interdisciplinary designer and associate professor at the Weitzman School of Design, Orkan Telhan was a consulting curator and commissioned artist for