2012 Winter Programming
Lecture: Aaron Levy: Resisting the Future-less City
Sat, Feb 18, 11am-12pm
Aaron Levy, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Slought Foundation, will discuss projects and questions that coalesce around one basic query: How will we live with others? He suggests that, “This calls for rethinking the idea of institutions altogether. For the urban institution of the future will not be bound by a single issue, identity, or practice. In fact, the urban institution of the future is no longer singular, for what is now required is a union of investigation and experimentation.”
Levy has developed a specific approach to the curatorial which extrudes and mobilizes historical models, and which re-imagines small organizations as agencies that can produce new correspondences, relationships, and practices of engagement. Levy’s projects include Into the Open, the official U.S. representation for architecture at La Biennale di Venezia (2008), and Architecture on Display (2009-11), a research initiative and publication series with the Architectural Association that explores architecture’s vexed relationship with its public and the way architecture problematizes its own display.
The Slought Foundation is a small Philadelphia-based institution whose programs focus as much on histories of cultural experimentation and political advocacy as on the creation of new social practices. In the coming years, the Slought Foundation will undergo a transformation via Mixplace Studio (2010-), becoming a site of collaborative knowledge production and civic engagement concerning Philadelphia neighborhoods, together with the social services organization People’s Emergency Center, architect Teddy Cruz, and other local organizations.
This program is presented in partnership with WonderRoot.
Plus, it’s a Westside Arts District art walk day, so take a walk on the Westside and visit the many excellent galleries in our neighborhood, 12-5pm.