ON Saturday, June 4th, 2022 the Making place matter symposium took place
Stayed tune for the recoding!
It was great to have the opportunity to explore the art and ideas behind the Making Place Matter, the inaugural exhibition in The Clay Studio's newly built home, with the artists, community, and scholars in the field. Making Place Matter features Peruvian-born artist Kukuli Velarde, American-born, Massachusetts-based artist Molly Hatch, and Egyptian- born artist Ibrahim Said, now based in North Carolina. Each artist explores the idea of a place with regard to personal history, cultural heritage, and social justice. The Symposium includes in-depth panel discussions:
- Co-Curator Elizabeth Essner will moderate a conversation with Velarde, Hatch, and Said.
- Josie Bockelman, The Clay Studio Deputy Director will facilitate Making Place Matter Council members in conversation about the inclusive exhibition design process.
- Jason Schupbach, Dean of the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University has invited Aviva Kapust, Executive Director, Village of Arts and Humanities, and Kelly Shindler, Director, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, to join him in discussion about creative placemaking across Philadelphia and the United States.
The day also included a special performance by artist Kukuli Velarde, a hands-on activity for participants, and concluded with a special keynote address from Dr. Kelli Morgan, Director of Curatorial Studios at Tufts University, Boston. Lunch and a closing reception will be provided.
Making Place Matter is supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The Making Place Matter Symposium is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
9 a.m. CHECK-IN/COFFEE
9:30 a.m. WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Jennifer Martin - Executive Director, The Clay Studio
Jennifer Zwilling - Curator & Director of Artistic Programs, The Clay Studio
Screening of Making Place Matter Film, by Watch me Rise Films
10 a.m. MAKING PLACE MATTER ARTIST PANEL
MODERATOR: Elizabeth Essner - Co-Curator of Making Place Matter and Windgate Foundation Associate Curator of Craft, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
PANELISTS: Kukuli Velarde, Molly Hatch, and Ibrahim Said
11 a.m. BREAK
11:15 a.m. COUNCIL PANEL
MODERATOR: Josie Bockelman - Deputy Director, The Clay Studio
PANELISTS:César Viveros, Meliza Reynoso, Nitza Rosario
12:15 p.m. LUNCH & Building Tours
1:30 p.m. MAKING PLACE MATTER EXHIBITION TOUR & Book Launch with publisher The Head and the Hand
2 p.m. PERFORMANCE: Kukuli Velarde
2:30 p.m. 3RD PLACES PANEL
MODERATOR: Jason Shupbach, Dean of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University
-Marilyn Rodriguez, Education Director, Taller Puertorriqueño
- Kelly Shindler - Director, Exhibitions & Public Interpretation at the Pew Center
for Arts & Heritage
- Michael Clemmons - Curator, The Colored Girls Museum
3:30 p.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Caring Matters: How Collective Care Shapes A New Institutional Culture and The Clay Studio's New Place
SPEAKER: Dr. Kelli Morgan, Professor of the Practice, Director of Curatorial Studies, Tufts University, Boston, MA
4:15 p.m. CLAY ACTIVITY – Project designed by staff at The Clay Studio, led by Nitza Rosario
4:45 p.m. CLOSING RECEPTION
The Making Place Matter Symposium is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Making Place Matter is supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage