On the occasion of Transformer publishing its 20th-anniversary retrospective book, this exciting and thought-provoking panel discussion will bring the DC-based organization into conversation with peer art spaces from Philadelphia. Co-hosted by Transformer and Vox Populi, this enlightening conversation will delve into the ways in which artist-centered alternative art spaces support emerging artist communities and explore the ways in which these organizations can learn from each other and celebrate their shared values.
Furthermore, the panel discussion will, and create a stronger connection between the vibrant art scenes of both cities while appreciating the distinctive attributes of each city's artistic landscape.
Asian Arts Initiative connects cultural expression and social change, using art as a vehicle to explore the diverse experiences of all communities which include Asian Americans. Located in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North, Asian Arts Initiative is a multidisciplinary arts center offering exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, youth workshops, and a community gathering space. Here, all of us can view and create art that reflects our lives, and think critically, creatively about the future we want to build for our communities.
Space 1026 is a collective of artists, musicians, makers, and dreamers. Formed in 1997, they established a gallery and studio spaces at 1026 Arch St. in Philadelphia’s Chinatown before moving to their current location on N. Broad St. in 2019. Space 1026 continues to provide studio spaces, print membership, and a gallery/performance space.
Transformer is a Washington, DC based 501 (c) 3 artist-centered, non-profit visual arts organization. Founded in June 2002 by artists & arts organizers, Transformer’s mission is to connect, elevate, and serve a diversity of emerging artists and arts leaders. Transformer develops innovative, multi-faceted exhibition and program platforms, both independently and through global partnerships, to present artists’ evolving ideas and work, advance new and best visual arts practices, and engage audiences with emerging contemporary art.
Ulises is a bookshop and curatorial platform dedicated to artists’ books and independent art publications that explores the relationship between publics and publications. Hosting projects, exhibitions, and residencies, Ulises’s open-ended programming explores publishing as an incubator for new forms of artistic, editorial, curatorial, and pedagogical practice. Ulises sees the democratic potential of publishing as a vehicle for activism, education, assembly, and exchange.
Vox Populi is a contemporary art space and artist collective, founded in 1988, that works to support the challenging and experimental work of under-represented artists with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances, lectures, and related programming. For three decades, Vox Populi has played a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia by bringing our audience a diverse range of programming and providing a supportive environment in which artists can take risks and gain valuable professional experience.
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