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.
Through our website and newsletter, 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.
Thursday 22 AprilErnesto Pujol: Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor of Fine Arts Virtual Talk
The Department of Fine Arts presents a talk by internationally renowned artist Ernesto Pujol, the 2020-2021 Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Visiting Professor of Fine Arts. Ernesto Pujol works as social choreographer. His interdisciplinary public projects are the result of entrusted, ethical collaborations with gatekeepers and stakeholders in communities across the globe. Through a grounded psychic acuity, Pujol seeks the rich performativity of the human condition's ongoing desire for transcendence, in the face of human rights violations and climate crisis.
Thursday 22 AprilLivestream Performance by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
World premiere of The Wind, performed by Kun-Yang Lin himself, returning to the stage for the first time since his retirement from dancing in 2013, The Wind marks the first piece Lin has choreographed for himself since 2010.
Thursday 22 AprilAnnenberg Center 20/21 Film Series presents “Colewell” Directed Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn’s eloquent film is an ode to small-town life and the silent emotions that come with nostalgia and memories of the past. Infusing Nora with integrity and grace, Allen captures the intimate and often private struggle that occurs later in life, when unexpected changes occur. Heartened by a great supporting cast including Hannah Gross and Kevin J. O’Connor, Colewell gorgeously captures rural America.
Thursday 22 AprilMaria Kuznetsova and The Cheburashka Collective
Featuring Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Ruth Madievsky, Luisa Muradyan, Gala Mukomolova, Alina Pleskova, and Karina Vahitova. Co-sponsored by: the Wexler Family Fund for Programs in Jewish Life and Culture, the Comparative Literature & Literary Theory Program, the Jewish Studies Program, and Russian and East European Studies. Maria Kuznetsova will read from her new novel, Something Unbelievable. Additional readings by members of the Cheburashka Collective and an interactive discussion will follow. Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the United States as a child. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Friday 23 AprilCommunity Justice & The Ivory Tower
A panel discussion of the university’s role in gentrifying and policing neighborhoods in cities across the country, with a focus on Penn and West Philly. The event will feature the new book of scholar Davarian Baldwin, In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering our Cities (Bold Type Books, 2021). Prof. Baldwin will be in conversation with Penn faculty and community activists.
Monday 26 AprilGSWS Senior Honors Thesis Presentations
Celebrate graduating honors thesis students as they present their work. Presenters include: Simran Chand, Annah Chollet, Connor Hardy, Erin O'Malley (Sachs Workstudy Student), Claire Sliney, and Fisher Taylor.