Supporting and Promoting the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania
Renowned for her soak-stain abstract paintings, Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) played a seminal role in both Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. With a career spanning six decades, she is considered one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition, Frankenthaler: On Paper, presents ten unique paintings on paper and fourteen prints that date from the 1970s to the 1990s.
January 16, 2020
“I Have A Dream…” Martin Luther King Jr. 1963 Archived Dream Speech
"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames o[ withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later the Negro still is not free..." (Copyright 1963, Martin Luther King Jr.)
January 16, 2020
History on How Martin Luther King Jr. Day Become a Federal Holiday?
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was an American Christian minister and important leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. On the third Monday of January every year, the federal government closes up shop for a day to honor this civil rights hero. Let us not forget his dream and continue to stand and work towards equality and justice for all.
January 14, 2020
Ken Lum Wins Art Gallery of Ontario’s 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize
Many congratulations are in order for the the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, Ken Lum. The 2019 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is presented annually to an artist who has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts in Canada. Born in Vancouver, Lum is a multidisciplinary artist known for his conceptual and representational work in painting, sculpture, and photography. Through his practice, Lum draws attention to issues of identity in relation to language, portraiture, and spatial politics.
With the exception of Ben Art Bucks, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation’s 2020 Grant Cycle is now closed. We will announce the 2020 grant recipients in April. The 2021 grant cycle will open in September. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed of important 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.
Saturday January 18Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports & Wellness Event
This event will feature sports, wellness and service activities in celebration and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. ALL YQCA Lacrosse & Track students in 4th-8th grade from Comegys, Mitchell, Lea and Hamilton Schools are invited. The mission of Penn's Martin Luther King Symposium is to honor Dr. King and the principles he espoused through learning, service, and community engagement.
Saturday January 18Culturefest: Lunar New Year at the Penn Museum
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, popularly celebrated in many Asian communities, the Penn Museum hosts a day of festivities that includes a Year of the Rat mask-making station, dance performances, taiko drum performances, a Tai Chi demonstration, an artifact talk, and much more. Presented by our partner Asian Arts Initiative.
Tuesday January 21Krista Thompson Gives a Talk on “Black Light: Tom Lloyd, Refraction, and Art Historical Disregard”
Krista Thompson, is a Mary Jane Crowe Professor of Art History, Northwestern University. Tom Lloyd was among a wave of artists working with light and electronic technologies in the 1960s. Black Light explores Lloyd’s early centrality in the mainstream art world in New York in the 1960s and seeks to understand why few archival and material traces remain of the work of an artist who waged precisely against the institutional disregard of Black and Puerto Rican artists.
Wednesday January 22‘Design with Nature Now’ Book Party Penn Alumni Event in Baltimore, MD
Celebrate the future of urban resilience and the publication of Design with Nature Now. Hosted by Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning, University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, and The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. This special evening begins with A Book of Days, a talk by Morgan State University professor and Design With Nature Now contributor Laurel McSherry, as part of their Spring 2020 Lecture Series.
The ICA presents a solo exhibition of large-scale sculptures by Philadelphia-based artist Karyn Olivier. Everything That’s Alive Moves offers the rare opportunity to examine the recent trajectories of Olivier’s investigation into scale, public memory, and their relation to issues of inclusivity and acceptance. A new obelisk sculpture, a fully-functioning carousel for one rider, a large car made entirely of repurposed shoes —gathered for export to poor countries—and a brick wall built using discarded clothing as mortar, are among the works selected to be reimagined and constructed on-site at the ICA.
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.