John Heon
David McKnight
Michael Taylor

Steering Committee

Tina Brock
Christiana Dobrzynski
Cheryl Harper
Sid Sachs
Emily Brewton Schilling

Advisory Board

Charles Bernstein
Robert Cargni Mitchell
Matt Neff
Katie Price
Jean-Michel Rabaté

Poster for Socrates Perakis Gallery show, May 1967; design by Jim McWilliams

Poster for Socrates Perakis Gallery show, May 1967; design by Jim McWilliams


The Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a network of educational and cultural institutions and associated scholars, artists, curators, and collectors who combine expertise and resources to serve as a resource for the advanced study of avant-garde movements and promote related special collections, exhibitions, and performances in the greater Philadelphia area and Delaware Valley region. 

Artists of all types who have strong local connections and whose works or archives are in collections in the region are important elements of PASC’s focus. These include, among others, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Morton Schamberg, Charles Sheeler, Thomas Chimes, James Brewton, David Lynch, William Carlos Williams, H.D., Ezra Pound, and Harry Mathews. Likewise, certain fields such as literature, the visual arts, theater, film, music, and architecture are central, as are movements or groups such as Dadaism, Surrealism, Futurism, Fluxus, Oulipo, and the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets.

Given the deeply interdisciplinary nature of so many avant-garde movements, other fields not usually considered are quite pertinent, such as psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and the history and sociology of science, to name a few. Similarly, although PASC’s main focus is on avant-gardes in Europe and North America, it is not limited to them; the increasingly global nature of avant-garde art and culture requires a global perspective.

We believe PASC is a timely initiative that will be a source of inquiry and collaboration among like-minded scholars, curators, artists, and collectors and will generate new research, exhibitions, and performances relating to local and global avant-gardes, as well as Philadelphia’s role in them.

Interested in participating? Would you like to recommend individuals or institutions to join us? Please email

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