In conjunction with the exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many, 1956-1974 (November 2, 2010 – January 16, 2011, the Museum presents the exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte, loosely translated to mean “City of Art.” The diverse lineup of public programs opens with a public art performance during which Pistoletto will roll a large sphere made of newspapers through the streets of Philadelphia to symbolize the constantly shifting, newsworthy events of life. Other programs revolve around the theme “Love Difference,” which s central to Pistoletto’s work. Special events for families include the Love Difference Celebration on November 7 and the Every Family Party on November 13, with the theme of “opposites.” The Art After 5 program on December 10 will highlight the similarities and differences between Turkish and Greek-Cypriot traditions through music, building upon Pistoletto’s belief that art can be central to social transformation, and should help promote a culture of respect. Various lectures, film series and special events, including a first-person Story Slam on November 19, will further explore themes of tolerance, respect, social responsibility, and sustainability that are repeated in Pistoletto’s work. PERFORMANCE
From the Streets of Turin to the Streets of Philadelphia: Walking Sculpture by Michelangelo Pistoletto
Saturday, October 30, 1 p.m. Free.
In 1967, Pistoletto rolled a giant ball made of newspapers through the streets of Turin. This fall, Pistoletto will roll a newspaper sphere out of the Museum and onto the streets of Philadelphia. Join us for a walk through the Museum’s adjoining neighborhoods and along major streets with a replica of the sculpture made of contemporary newspapers. The procession will begin its journey in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall. CONVERSATIONS
Distinguished lecturers from the Museum staff and the local, national, and international academic communities help visitors explore topics related to the Museum’s collections and current exhibitions.
Ticket required; free after Museum admission. Free for art and art history students from select area art schools.
Three Conversations with Michelangelo Pistoletto, Germano Celant , and Carlos Basualdo
Saturday, October 30, 5 p.m.; Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (lunch break between sessions). Van Pelt Auditorium.
Germano Celant, art critic and curator of the Milan Triennale, joins Michelangelo Pistoletto and Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, in three conversations that explore Pistoletto’s early work in the context of Italian art in the late 1950s, the artist’s role in the Arte Povera movement, and his current work in relation to Italian and international contemporary art.
This program is supported by the Albert M. Greenfield Fund.
These special events take place around Pistoletto’s mirrored tables, and invite visitors to actively participate in art-making.
Free after Museum admission.
Community-Based Arts Initiatives in Philadelphia
Friday, November 12, 6:30 p.m., with basekamp
Friday, December 10, 6:30 p.m., with Art Sanctuary
Friday, January 14, 6:30 p.m., with Philly Stake
Gather around one of Pistoletto’s mirrored tables and learn more about community-based arts initiatives in Philadelphia. Members of innovative arts organizations basekamp, Art Sanctuary, and Philly Stake will lead informal conversations outlining each organization’s vision, history, and current projects and discuss how they engage various communities through activities that aim to diversify the art landscape of the city.
Story Slam at the Museum
Friday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Winner of Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly, First Person Arts Story Slams are monthly, real-life storytelling competitions. Everyone is invited to share a personal story that relates to the Cittadellarte theme of “Love Difference,” the idea of loving the differences between us while lessening those that divide us. To participate in the Story Slam at the Museum, visit www.firstpersonarts.org/programs2/storyslams.
Caribbean StoryCircle: Worldly Possessions
Saturday, December 11, 1–2:30 p.m.
Alter Gallery 176
Rediscover the stories of those who leave their homeland and adopt another. Twelve immigrants who have chosen Philadelphia as their new home share their experiences around Pistoletto’s mirrored table shaped in the contours of the Caribbean Sea. Each will bring an object that represents something from the old world, their journey, or their new life here.
This program is co-presented with First Person Arts and is part of the First Person Museum project.
On Friday evenings from 5 – 8:45 p.m., select galleries are open to the public while live music by international artists and recognized and emerging jazz musicians fills the Great Stair Hall.
Free after Museum admission.
Friday, December 10, 5–8 p.m.
Great Stair Hall
Ince, Serghi, and Relâche have a long history of working together and appearing on the same concerts. It is the artists' hope that, by highlighting both the rich similarities and differences between Turkish and Greek-Cypriot traditions through music, they are encouraging the cohabitation of these two different Mediterranean cultures whose relations have been marked by periods of mutual hostility. This same spirit, that art can and should be at the center of a responsible process of transformation of society, is a central tenet of Michelangelo Pistoletto's work from his interdisciplinary laboratory, Cittadellarte. This concert represents the encounter and artistic dialogue between the two musical traditions and cultures. FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Age-appropriate performances, gallery tours and art projects help children engage with the Museum’s permanent collections, while other events spotlight special exhibitions with themed activities and tours.
All family events are free after Museum admission, which is “pay what you wish” the first Sunday of the month. Recommended for ages 3 through 12
Love Difference Celebration
Sunday, November 7
“Love Difference” is a central theme of Pistoletto’s art that encourages us to celebrate differences and lessen distances. Tour the exhibition and then visit the Make-and-Take workshop to create art in response. Travel the world with the Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra, who will present a polyphonic celebration of North Indian tabla, Afro-Cuban bata, Brazilian samba, and West African djembe.
10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Make-and-Take Workshop
11 a.m., 12 p.m., & 1 p.m. Family Tours of the Pistoletto exhibition
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra*
Free after Museum admission; ticket required
Every Family Party: Opposites
Saturday, November 13, 5:30–8 p.m.
This year’s theme is “opposites,” which complements Pistoletto’s Love Difference themes. Celebrate art, education, and the publication of our newest children’s book, Art Museum Opposites. All proceeds benefit the Museum’s award-winning Division of Education.
$30 per single ticket; $25 per person for a group of four or more.
Highlighting sometimes unexpected connections between art and film, the Museum presents special screenings of films and documentaries focusing on important artists, movements, themes or historical moments. Free after Museum admission; ticket required unless otherwise indicated. Admission free for art and art history students from select area art schools.
An Antonioni Film Series
Saturday, November 6, and Sundays, December 5 and
January 16, 2 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Lecturer: Will Schmenner, former film curator, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern
University; and Ph.D. candidate, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Michelangelo Pistoletto once described Antonioni’s film style as “painting made of light and images.” Each screening begins with a short lecture.
November 6: “Disappearing, Feminism, and the Sea” and L’avventura (1960)
December 5: “Romanticism and Timing” and La notte (1961)
January 16: “Crazy for Monica Vitti” and Il deserto rosso (1964).
$8 ($6 members; $5 students with valid ID) after Museum admission; ticket required
10th Annual Sumer Teen Media Program
Friday, January 7, 5–9 p.m. (public premiere)
Van Pelt Auditorium
The Museum’s Summer Teen Media Program trains high-school students in filmmaking and media arts. Created by the students in collaboration with the Big Picture Alliance, Taller Puertorriqueño, Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School, this year’s films take the work of Pistoletto’s Cittadellarte as their inspiration.
Free after Museum admission
Pinhole Camera Project
Sunday, November 14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Instructor: Amanda Tinker, Assistant Professor of Photography, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University
Make your own environmentally sustainable camera using recycled Illy coffee cans (saved by the Museum’s café). This all-day workshop explores the process of making photographs with a pinhole camera. Participants will make two cameras each, then spend the afternoon shooting photographs outside the Museum. Includes a visit to the Pistoletto exhibition. Enrollment limited to 14 participants.
$100 ($80 members); includes Museum admission
“Can a Book Transform the World? Can a Book Transform a Life?”
Sustainable Bookmaking Workshops
Sunday, December 12 OR Sunday, January 9, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. OR 2–5 p.m.
Education Studios I and II
Instructors: Book artists from the Philadelphia Center for the Book. Learn to make handmade books using your own recycled material. Bring packaging of all kinds, leaflets, rubber stamps, and so on, and an inspiration, wish, or thought on how to transform the world (or even one life) to hand-letter as the text within. Includes a visit to the Cittadellarte exhibition for a conversation about art and social transformation.
Enrollment limited to 20 participants for each half-day workshop.
$40 ($32 members); includes Museum admission
The Third Paradise,by Michelangelo Pistoletto
Sunday, November 21, 2:15–5:00 p.m.
Join a discussion of Pistoletto’s recently published book The Third Paradise, in which the artist calls for humanity to take responsibility for social change that unites the arts, the sciences, economics, spirituality, and politics, in giving life back to the Earth. (Note: The biblical reference does not have a religious purpose here, but is used instead to give force and meaning to the concept of responsible social change.) The book will be mailed to participants in advance of the discussion.
$40 ($32 members); ticket required; includes Museum admission COURSES
What’s the big idea?: From Duchamp to Pistoletto
Thursday afternoons: 4 sessions, October 7, 14, 21, and 28, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
or Saturdays: 2 sessions, October 9 and 23, 10:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Lecturer: Matthew Palczynski, Staff Lecturer for Western Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Explore the rise of conceptual art between 1956 and 1974, the time highlighted by the Pistoletto exhibition. Almost immediately after the “triumph” of abstract painting around 1950, a new generation of artists moved away from brush and canvas and reexamined the impact of Marcel Duchamp and other conceptual pioneers. As a result, the ideas behind a work of art became just as important as how it looked.
$100 (Sustainers and above FREE; $50 all other members); ticket required. Open registration begins September 14.