Welcome to the
Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC)
Among conceptual artist Taji Ra'oof Nahl's "Exclamation Point" series is "Moses," (2020; photo by Theodore A. Harris). Says Nahl, "The 'Exclamation Point' works are in conversation/engagement with other artists' manifestations. In some instances, shifting/redirecting the narrative (as is the case here); in others, simply paying respect to the works that resonate with me. 'Moses' was prompted by the biblical story of parting the Red Sea. As I gaze at Roy Lichtenstein's "Super Sunset," I imagine the great story of deliverance." Look for an interview with Taji Ra'oof Nahl by PASC co-director John Heon, coming soon.
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
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.
An interdisciplinary focus
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.
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.