Through our website, newsletter, and alumni quarterly, The Sachs Program highlights events, performances, exhibitions, and other forms of public engagement on and off campus. Most of what we list is neither produced nor directly supported by The Sachs Program. Our intent is to point you to the great things happening at Penn and driven by Penn faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Penn is a destination for the arts. Happenings are what we think you should be experiencing now.
Tuesday 21 JanuaryKrista 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 22 January‘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.
Wednesday 22 JanuaryWhy Is It So Hard To Write Plays About Climate Change?” A Conversation with Madeleine George
Madeleine George's plays include The Sore Loser, Hurricane Diane (Obie Award), The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist).
Wednesday 22 JanuaryJ. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler: Forms of Engagement
J. Meejin Yoon, AIA FAAR, is the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Cornell AAP. Yoon previously taught at MIT for 17 years and served as the head of the Department of Architecture from 2014–18. Eric Höweler, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate Professor in Architecture at Harvard GSD, where he teaches lecture courses and design studios with a focus on building technologies/integration since 2008. They are cofounding principals of Höweler and Yoon Architecture, a design-driven architecture practice and creative studio.
Wednesday 22 JanuaryIN RELATION Film Showcase at Scribe Video Center
Five powerful short films explore the resilience of kinship and communities for neighborhoods in Philadelphia: Villa African Colobo (2007), St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia (2007), Hayti: An Oasis (2010), DHS, Give Us Back Our Children! (2010), and Life After Life (2018).
Thursday 23 JanuaryKasey Diserens Morgan Talk on Rethinking Facadism: Materiality and the Politicization of Historic Structures
Kasey Diserens Morgan is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She also has an MS in Historic Preservation from the Weitzman School of Design (‘13). Her research explores the intersection of politics, heritage, and preservation in rural Mexico using methods drawn from historic preservation, ethnography, and archaeology.