Landmarks Contemporary Projects

Currently, I am the founding curator of Landmarks Contemporary Projects, an experimental exhibition program of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. Through site-specific installations, performances, screenings, public discussions and education, this program brings contemporary art and culture to historic sites in Philadelphia. The program takes a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on both performing and visual arts. We have been featured in various forums, including artforum.com, National Public Radio, the Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Metro, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and artblog.com. In 2007, the New York Times featured a full-page article about a project I developed with artist Karen Kilimnik at the Powel House Museum.

The core of the program is an exhibition/residency program in which we invite artists to explore and react to Landmarks’ properties and collections and create new site-specific installations at the houses. By providing an experimental atmosphere in which artists are free to create new work and question basic assumptions, we hope to stimulate discourse and challenge accepted approaches to both historic preservation and contemporary art.

Please click on images for more about each project.



Three Solo Projects
Part of FiberPhiladelphia, 2008 International Fiber Biennial
March 7-30, 2008
Physick House Museum & Powel House Museum




PIMA Group: Look!
A bowerbird@LANDMARKS project
Performances February 1-3, 2008
Powel House Museum
Philadelphia, PA




Virginia Maksymowicz
Rules of Civility
September 14-October 21, 2007
Powel House Museum
Philadelphia, PA




Karen Kilmnik
June 26-August 12, 2007
Powel House Museum
Philadelphia, PA




Nadia Hironaka/A.R.S. Trio
A special Landmarks Contemporary Projects Road-Trip
at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art
May 17, 2007




Caitlin Emma Perkins with Katie Amelia Baldwin
Playing Telephone With Ghosts
Various locations throughout 2007




Roxana Perez-Mendez
La Declaración
March 1-April 1, 2007
Powel House Museum
Philadelphia, PA




David Gatten
THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE:
A TRUE ACCOUNT IN NINE PARTS
Powel House Museum
November 2006




Candy Depew: Between Worlds
October 5-November 26, 2006
Physick House Museum
Philadelphia, PA




Philagrafika presents Megawords
Powel House Museum
Philadelphia, PA
September 5-12, 2006