Great Gateways, and the Cities that Make Them

Great Gateways, and the Cities that Make Them
June 18, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00PM
at the Center for Architecture
This event is FREE; RSVP required
RSVP at 215-685-0753 or [email protected]

This spring, contemporary artist Katharina Grosse’s psychylustro became the latest groundbreaking project of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Psychylustro, meant to change the way you think about getting from point A to point B, lets train riders traveling in and out of Philadelphia catch glimpses of the monumental creation - a series of seven bright, bold passages that explore scale, perspective and the passage of time. Conceived as a temporary installation, psychylustro, which was completed in mid-May, will change over time as the elements gradually reclaim the space. Think of it as a real-time landscape painting, where the ever-evolving city is the canvas and your window is the frame.

This Wednesday, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will be hosting a free discussion at the Center for Architecture with the following panelist:

Drew Galloway, Chief NEC Infrastructure Planning and Performance, Amtrak
Jane Golden, Executive Director, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of Philadelphia
Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Darin Rowland, Graffiti historian, Artist, and psychylustro assistant muralist

Moderated by: Chris Satullo, WHYY NewsWorks.org

How to View Psychylustro

By train: between 30th Street and North Philadelphia stations: Amtrak, SEPTA (Chestnut Hill West, Trenton lines), NJ Transit (Atlantic City line). For more information, visit Mural Arts Program.

About Katharina Grosse

One of the most significant painters on the contemporary art scene, Katharina Grosse (b. 1961, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany) is known for her inventive use of vibrant color and innovative fusion of painting, sculpture and architecture. Grosse lives and works in Berlin. Educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster and Düsseldorf with Norbert Tadeusz and Gotthard Graubner (from 1982 to 1990), her extensive journeys brought her to Asia, South America and New Zealand. She was awarded the Villa Romana-Prize, Florence, Italy (1992); the Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff Prize (1993); and served as Artist-in-Residence at the Chinati Foundation, in Marfa, Texas (1999). In 2000 she was appointed to a professorship at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin, and she is currently a professor for painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Grosse’s work has been commissioned by institutions around the world, including MOCA, Cleveland; MassMoCA, North Adams; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Museu Serralves, Porto; Tate St. Ives; Kunstwerke, Berlin; Denver Art Museum, Denver; Prospect One, New Orleans; Amsterdam's De Appel; Paris' Palais de Tokyo; The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; and the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Brisbane, among many other venues.

All Photos compliments of the Mural Arts Program.

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