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This fall, the Department of Fine Arts is launching PostScript: Immersive Studio Project. The initiative is housed in a new multi-use exhibition space located in the Crane Arts building in the Kensington section of Philadelphia that will host a series of public programs in 2018 and 2019.
Funded by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation at Penn, the facility functions as a studio/work space, as well as a satellite location for public programs that engage Penn students from multiple disciplines, as well as the wider Philadelphia arts and culture community. PostScript programs will include curated exhibitions, experimental class residencies, interdisciplinary programs with departments across the School, and curatorial fellowships for undergraduate and graduate fine arts students.
“Philadelphia is a great and complex city, and a laboratory of endless learning,” says Ken Lum, professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts. “PostScript is an acknowledgement of our place within Philadelphia."
The first PostScript exhibition opens on Thursday, September 13, with a reception from 6:00 - 9:00pm. Well, Susan, this is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into, curated by alumna Lydia Rosenberg (MFA’15) features work from alumna Paz Ortuzar (MFA’14), Jason Carey-Sheppard, and Alexandra Phillips. The exhibition, whose title refers to an example taken from The Elements of Style of how to properly use the comma as a parenthetical device, brings together three artists whose works interact with unseen forces including humidity, blunt force, and bacterial bloom.
In October and November, the site hosts an exhibition curated by Phoebe Wang (BA’15).
Spring 2019 programs will include additional exhibitions as well as artist residencies organized in conjunction with Penn’s Department of Music and the graduate program in the Department of Fine Arts.