Celebrating 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Fairmount Park SOUNDWALK and sculptures to visit on the audio journey
June 4 - September 30, 2021
The Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a free sound installation tailor-made for Fairmount Park, running now through September 30th. We’ve rounded up a selection of outdoor sculptures within the SOUNDWALK audible range to enjoy during the immersive audio experience.
The long-awaited Maja Park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is officially open to the public. The highlight of the park is the “Maja” (1942) sculpture by German artist Gerhard Marcks, which the Association recently restored and installed on the Parkway after decades in storage.
Philadelphia Now Home to Works by Simone Leigh and Martin Puryear, Venice Biennale Artists
Posted: June 7, 2021
With the recent installation of Leigh’s Brick House on Penn’s campus, and Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees (1993) in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia is home to permanent public works by both of these acclaimed artists.
Conservation for Labor Monument, Sleeping Woman, Other Works
Posted: May 26, 2021
Our conservation efforts involved a little bit of everything this year: laser treatments, power washing, new wood slats, fresh paint, the classic bronze waxing – even lipstick and gum removal. Each spring, the Association provides conservation treatment for 30+ artworks in Philadelphia and take on special projects as needed.
Degenerate Art? Gerhard Marcks: from Bauhaus and Nazi Germany to Philadelphia
Thursday, May 20th
FREE + VIRTUAL EVENT: Explore the life and times of the German artist Gerhard Marcks and his sculpture Maja (1942) – an important work that recently returned to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. With presentations by Dr. Arie Hartog, Director of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen, Germany, and Penny Balkin Bach, aPA’s Executive Director.
Gerhard Marcks and the Nazi Concept of “Degenerate Art”
Posted: March 1, 2021
The long history behind Marcks’ persecution – his career as a teacher of sculpture at the Bauhaus and elsewhere, as well as his Expressionist tendencies – but also to his withdrawal from more controversial subjects, radical forms, or public acts that could have overtly endangered him and his family.
The artist is one of 15 elected to be National Academicians at the National Academy of Design, the leading society for visual artists and architects. Ferrer lived and worked in Philadelphia for many years and has been commissioned by the Association for Public Art.
Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Fireflies” Illuminate Coral Gables, Florida
Posted: February 12, 2021
After a debut in Philadelphia and a stop in Baltimore, the Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies pedicabs covered in glowing lanterns are parading through South Florida’s first art and light exhibit, Illuminate Coral Gables.