March 29, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:30 PM
PEnnsylvania academy of the fine arts

An interactive art-making event
the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
the Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:00 - 8:30 PM
PAFA's Samuel m.v. hamilton building (118-128 N Broad St)

The Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC ) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) are pleased to announce RE: ACT, an interactive art-making event on Wednesday 3/29/17 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building. 

Since its opening in November, PAFA's critically acclaimed exhibition, World War I and American Art, has impressed viewers with its power, depth, and scope. It not only presents many outstanding examples of works by a wide spectrum of U.S. artists but also provides unique historical materials, ranging from propaganda posters to news reels, letters, and ephemera, that create a context for grasping the enormity of WWI and its impact on the nation.

Building on the theme of its 2016 symposium, “RE: ACTIONS,” which examined how avant-garde groups have generated work in reaction to various social, political, and aesthetic situations, PASC is inviting participants to “RE: ACT” to World War I and American Art. By RE: ACT we mean, to create concrete aesthetic responses to the art works in the exhibition by using collage, drawing, photography, text, music, or video. More broadly, we want to provide an opportunity for 21st-century "makers" in all media and at all skill levels to explore the experiences and conceptions of war from the early 20th century to the present. PASC-affiliated artists, poets, and scholars will be on hand to discuss pertinent artistic/historical contexts and guide the creative process.

Participants will have the chance to self-guide through the exhibition first and then will proceed to the 2nd floor Sculpture Study Center, where tables and some art supplies will be provided, courtesy of PAFA. Participants are allowed to bring their own materials, although PAFA staff retain the right to prohibit any supplies that are not safe to use in the museum (please note, paints must be water-based). At the conclusion of the event, we will photograph/videotape the new works and archive them on the PASC web site (copyright will be retained by the individual artists).

Places are limited and an RSVP is required. Your RSVP includes free admission to the exhibition, art supplies, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres. There is no fee for RE: ACT, but there is a suggested donation of $20/pp to PASC (a Pennsylvania nonprofit). If you are interested, please RSVP by 3/27/17.