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NEW: Ex Libris by Matt Madden reviewed by PASC's John Heon; two features published on Theodore A. Harris; PASC's "Avant-Green, Radical by Nature" 2021 symposium CFP is here.
EX LIBRIS: Dazzling new graphic novel by Matt Madden
Ex Libris, the latest work by graphic novelist (and PASC symposium presenter) Matt Madden, published by Uncivilized Books, will be released on Nov. 23 (delayed from Oct. 12 due to pandemic-related slow shipping).
The pre-publication reviews have been glowing, and it will likely be one of the most important releases of the fall season in any category.
Publisher’s Weekly has selected Ex Libris as the only graphic novel on its 2021 Top 20 Independent Publishers list, calling it an “endlessly inventive work” that “is a metafictional master class in comics.”... (more).
Calling Ex Libris "a mind-bending journey through an wide array of genres and states of consciousness," PASC's John Heon reviews it here.
Theodore A. Harris featured in ASAP/J; solo show up through Nov. 21
John Heon's essay, "Theodore A. Harris: Master Unmasker of Hidden Histories," was published Sept. 23 in ASAP/J by the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP). On the same day, Jonathan P. Eburne's interview with Theodore A. Harris, "After Somebody Blew Up America: An Interview with Theodore A. Harris and Jonathan P. Eburne," appeared in ASAP/J.
Together, the two companion pieces offer rich insight into Harris's creative process and the wide-reaching effects of his work (called "truthoscopic" by Amiri Baraka).
ASAP is an international, nonprofit dedicated to discovering and articulating the aesthetic, cultural, ethical, and political identities of the contemporary arts.
Solo show up through Nov. 21: Theodore A. Harris: Art As Social Praxis, artist residency and exhibition dedicated to art historian David Craven, curated by Thea Gahr. Linfield Gallery, Linfield University, McMinnville, Ore.
Opening reception and artist talk: Thursday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. For artwork, interviews and more, visit Harris's website here.
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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.