Supporting and Promoting the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania
Slought invites your participation in "Atlas of Affects," an exhibition in the Slought galleries of material traces, media artifacts, artistic projects, written texts, and other representations of the pandemic. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the archive, so long as their submission concerns an affect of this moment.
September 16, 2020
“Kiraiñia” is a Docementary Film by Juan Castrillón, that Explores the Musical Practices of the Cubeo Emi-Hehénewa in Southern Colombian Amazonia
KIRAIÑIA (Long Flutes)“ was part of the seminar „Introduction to ethnomusicological Amazonia research in the context of Gender and Decolonial Studies“ (lecturer Nora Bammer, 2020S). The Colombian director created a best practice example of decolonizing ethnomusicological field research together with the Cubeo Emi-Hehénewa.
September 16, 2020
“KOSKETUS” a Short Film by Sachs Grant Recipient and Graduate Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Juan Castrillón
KOSKETUS (the sense of touch in Finnish language) is a short film done in collaboration between Vilja Haapala, a Finish icon painter and contemporary artist, and Juan Castrillón a graduate canidate in Ethnomusicology. The piece was commissioned by an art collective based in Finland that set collaborations among artists during quarantine. Juan Castrillón explores music and indigenous analytics about listening, bodies, recordings and sound archives. His work is primarily ethnographic, conducting fieldwork among Muslim mystics in Turkey, and Tukanoan shamans from the Northwestern Amazon in Colombia. His methods include collaborative projects for producing texts, films, digital archives, multimodal installations, and radio.
September 16, 2020
Sachs Communications Coordinator, Gracelynn Wan’s Comics Help Disseminate Information in the Age of Social Media
Gracelynn Wan believes in the power of stories and illustrations. When she was asked to be the main artist for the University of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 comics project, she knew it had the potential to give people accurate information about the global pandemic, she said. “I wanted a story, I wanted a background, I wanted some sort of context narratively to bridge the gap between regular consumers who don’t really understand scientific papers and these researchers trying so hard to get the info out there.”
The University of Pennsylvania has recently released a set of guidelines pertaining to COVID-19, which include restrictions on events and campus access, and the temporary closure of Penn’s arts centers. The Sachs Program will do its best to update our website to reflect any resultant cancellations. We also encourage you to visit the host sites for all events to confirm details. Ongoing events, such as exhibitions, will remain listed on our site for the time being.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2020 Grant Cycle is now closed, and we have announced the 2020 Grant recipients. 2021 grant opportunities will be announced in the fall. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of important news and deadlines.
The Sachs Program’s grantmaking supports innovative arts activities throughout the Penn community, providing funding to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers. Our vision is that the arts at Penn are valued and embraced as a creative catalyst, driving innovation, inspiration, and action.
Tuesday September 22Live Chats About Music with Christian McBride
Christian McBride hosts different guests weekly for live chats about music. Tune in to the Newport Jazz Instagram every Tuesday night at 7 PM. Recent guests have included Norah Jones, Robert Glasper, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves and more.
Monday October 5Esra Akcan: Right-to-Heal: Architecture and Transitional Justice
Esra Akcan is an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for European Studies at Cornell AAP. Akcan has authored more than 100 articles on the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia, critical and postcolonial theory, architectural photography, migration and diasporas, translation, and contemporary architecture.
Wednesday October 7The Cunningham Lecture: Michael Webb
Michael Webb was born in Henley-on-Thames, England, in 1937. He studied architecture intermittently at the then Regent Street Polytechnic School of Architecture (now the University of Westminster) between the years 1953 and 1972. A project he designed during his fourth year at the Polytechnic found its way, owing to a curious set of circumstances, into an exhibition at MoMA New York entitled "Visionary Architecture" in 1960.
Monday November 2Sophie Hochhäusl: Memories of the Resistance: The Defiant Life of a Female Architect, 1938-1945
Sophie Debiasi Hochhäusl is an Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Before joining the Faculty at the Weitzman School, she was the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study at Harvard University. This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Mention Milford’s name to anyone who follows progressive jazz and they know him from landmark recordings such as Albert Ayler’s Love Cry, Sonny Sharrock’s Black Woman, his groundbreaking work as a leader, including the Milford Graves Percussion Ensemble, and his performances with the likes of Lou Reed, Min Tanaka, and John Zorn.
The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2019 SHIP Intern, Tias Volker (C ’21), developed a map that highlights arts resources and centers across Penn’s campus. While not every resource could be included, The Sachs Program encourages you to use this map to explore the breadth of arts offerings at Penn.