The traveling Harriet Tubman sculpture installed at Philadelphia’s City Hall through March 31, 2022 inspired us to reflect on other monuments dedicated to women in the city, including the planned addition of a commemorative Marian Anderson statue.
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.
Carl Milles’ Playing Angels: A Slice of Sweden in Philadelphia
Posted: October 9, 2020
Philadelphians may be surprised learn that the Millesgården in Stockholm, Sweden has the exact same Playing Angels as the ones we have on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River.
Tucked Away and Worth the Trek: Hidden Gems in Philadelphia
Posted: September 11, 2020
A virtual mini tour of some of the city’s hidden public art gems with the Association’s Executive Director.
The Disturbing and Inspiring History of the All Wars Memorial
Posted: June 30, 2020
A monument to the “unselfish devotion to duty” of African American military men was a rare objective in early 20th century America; the artist began his work, but the struggle to realize the memorial had just begun.