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PASC celebrates ’Pataphysics Unrolled, edited by Katie L. Price and Michael R. Taylor and published by Penn State University Press. The Kindle version is available here.
The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium is back!
SEPT. 7 - 25: "The Two-Character Play" (Out Cry) by Tennessee Williams, produced by The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium (IRC), at The Bluver Theatre at The Drake. The IRC's production of "The Two-Character Play" is a surreal, poetic fever dream featuring John Zak and Tina Brock, both of whom also direct. The Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia (between Spruce & Pine, 15th & 16th Streets). Preview: Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm; opening: Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 pm. Tickets here.
During the past 18 months, The IRC created a series of interviews with creators in the Philadelphia area and around the world on Into the Absurd: A Virtually Existential Dinner Conversation. The weekly conversations debuted in June 2020 on Zoom and Facebook Live, and the 63 talks are archived on the IRC’s You Tube channel and Facebook page. Check out past episodes and pop-up talks as The IRC continues conversations in 2022.
Opening reception on May 19 was delightful....
THROUGH JULY 7: Exhibitions and symposium, "Warhol @ Penn Again," curated by David McKnight, with Maureen McCormick and Reva Wolf, explores the 1965 Institute of Contemporary Art exhibition held in the Furness Building (now the Fisher Fine Arts library) at Penn, including:
Click here for full list of PASC-recommended events.
What we do
We believe PASC is a timely initiative that will be a resource for inquiry and collaboration among like-minded scholars, curators, artists, and collectors, generating new research, exhibitions, and performances relating to local and global avant-gardes, as well as Philadelphia’s unique role in the genre.
Who we are
Emily Brewton Schilling
Robert Cargni Mitchell
If you're interested in participating in PASC or would like to recommend individuals or institutions to be included, please contact us or email pascinitiative [at] gmail.com.
A resource for scholars, curators, artists and collectors
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 foster the advanced study of avant-garde movements and promote related special collections, exhibitions, and performances in the greater Philadelphia area and Delaware Valley region.
Support for projects and collaborations
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 pertinent, such as the medical humanities, 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.