Graduate Fine Arts

A group of students walking through a neighborhood in Puerto Rico

Photo by Carlos Rodríguez, Para la Naturaleza, PR.

Ernesto Pujol does a lot of walking, but he still laughs in near disbelief when he recalls the 25-mile trek he took through San Juan, Puerto Rico, earlier this summer.  It was the third day of an eight-day trip with a group of Master of Fine Arts Students from the Weitzman School, and the culmination of a seminar that Pujol, the 2020-2021 Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts, offered in the spring. Co-led by Pujol, along with Puerto Rican designer María de Mater O’Neill and architectural historian Jose Silvestre, Senior Conservator of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the students walked through the city engaged in a process of listening, both to the urban spaces of San Juan and the colonized ecology of its post-industrial hinterlands. It was an experience that echoed themes that have threaded through Pujol’s work going back to the 1990s. 
Composite of three headshots
Three faculty members in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design received G. Holmes Perkins Teaching Awards for 2021, in recognition of distinguished teaching and innovation in a classroom, seminar, or studio setting. The awards are given annually in honor of G. Holmes Perkins, an architect and longtime faculty member who was dean of the School of Design from 1951–1971, and based on nominations by students. The winners will be recognized in the printed program for the School’s 2021 Commencement Webcast.
Screenshot of a computer screen showing many open windows including one of Yuri Stone on Zoom
In April and May, the Weitzman School will open the thesis exhibitions for the Class of 2020 and the
Photo of cover of Lopez publication

Photo: Bre Furlong

Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art has published a catalog for Ballast & Barricades, the 2019-2020 exhibit by Michelle Lopez, assistant professor of fine arts. In this excerpt, Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE‘60) Curator at the ICA, writes that Lopez “employs a formal, fragmented architectural language to critique symbols of nationalism, power, and consumption.” 
Artist standing in gallery in front of an illustration painted on the wall of people running a race

Photo Eric Sucar for Penn Today

Artist and Weitzman alum Jessica Vaughn (MFA'11) examines the spaces, architecture, and cultures of the American workplace her first major solo exhibition, now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Potted cactuses next to a road with powerlines in the distance
At the end of this month, New York’s Museum of Modern Art will open Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, which includes 10 newly-commissioned works by architects, designers, and artists that are proposals for an intervention in one of 10 cities. Reconstructions is MoMA’s first exhibition to address the work of Black architects and designers. In addition to the commissioned projects, the curators, Mabel O. Wilson and Sean Anderson, asked David Hartt, Carrafiell Assistant Professor in Fine Arts, to create a photo essay for the catalog and a film for the exhibition that would explore the idea of Black space. 
David Hartt has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Fine Arts.
Installation shot of video installation, video showing two people in a kitchen, one of them sitting at a table

Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin. Photo by Andy Keate at Studio Voltaire, London.

Six faculty, staff, and alums from the Department of Fine Arts at the Weitzman School are featured in a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art opening this week.
Brightly colored and angled structure in a park setting
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Orkan Telhan recently collaborated with the architecture firm elii on Microbial Fruits of Istanbul, an installation in Istanbul’s Özgürlük Parkwhich explores the complex histories of Istanbul community gardens (bostans) from the perspective of microorganisms. The project is one of ten “New Civic Rituals” commissioned for the fifth Istanbul Design Biennial, which have been unveiled over the last several months throughout the city.
A woman in black attire stands on an outdoor staircase with the museum in the background

Courtesy Monument Lab

With its new augmented-reality app, called OverTime, Monument Lab, the public art and history studio that grew out of research at the Weitzman School, is hoping to provide a more immersive way of experiencing public space. The app, which launched on March 31 with a prototype tour on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, “offers educational, self-guided tours of a public space by unearthing the multiple layers of history, meaning, and interpretation.”
Still from Shawky's video work

Wael Shawky
Cabaret Crusades II: The Path to Cairo, 2012
High-definition video, color, and sound, with English subtitles; 1 hour, 57 seconds
© Wael Shawky, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

The Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth will be hosting this event. Please visit The Modern's website for more information and to register for this virtual event happening on Tuesday, March 30 2021.
Patricia Renee Thomas works on a neon-palette landscape painting mounted to the wall.
Philadelphia-born and raised, artist Patricia Renee' Thomas has been drawing and painting since she was a child, focused on what she calls the “investigation of skin.” Thomas worked for the nonprofit Art Sanctuary after graduating from Temple, followed by an artistic residency in West Philadelphia, which led her to apply to Penn for her MFA.