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Artist Talk: Maren Hassinger

Friday, September 8, 2023

Join the Association for Public Art and the Tyler School of Art and Architecture for an artist talk with multidisciplinary artist Maren Hassinger (b.1947) at Temple Contemporary. Hassinger will discuss her life’s work in the public space and the artist’s first outdoor sculpture exhibition in Philadelphia, “Steel Bodies” at the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial.

Presented by the Association for Public Art and the Preservation Alliance, this walking tour on Sunday, August 20th – “Public Art, Landmarks, and Transformations along the Schuylkill” – will cover the changes and development along the lower Schuylkill River and the industrialization that followed in historical landmarks, and public art spanning the early 18th to the mid-19th century.

Head to The Oval for this free art-making workshop for all ages led by teaching artist Peri Law. Participants will print and collage on Riso prints inspired by the Maren Hassinger “Steel Bodies” sculptures, now on view in Philadelphia along Kelly Drive.

Make your own clay vessel inspired by the new “Steel Bodies” public art exhibition by Maren Hassinger at the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial. Created in collaboration with the Clay Studio, this workshop provides an opportunity to learn from experienced ceramic artists and become familiar with both hand building and decorative techniques.

Come for an evening of art and light refreshments along the river! Artist Maren Hassinger will give brief remarks and attendees can explore the “Steel Bodies” sculptures installed throughout the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial on Kelly Drive.

The aPA will bring to life this summer the historic Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial along Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River with a temporary exhibition (June 12 – November 12, 2023) by artist Maren Hassinger. Part of an ongoing effort to reimagine the site Hassinger’s evocative sculptures offer restorative and inspiring messages of shared and active humanity. This will be the first contemporary public art exhibition at the memorial and the artist’s first outdoor sculpture exhibition in Philadelphia. There will be an opening reception on June 14th at the memorial.

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