Citizen Salon is a crowd-sourced exhibition in which curation becomes an act of listening to an expansive community. It features a selection of artwork from the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection of approximately 800 pieces.
To mark the Arthur Ross Gallery’s 35th Anniversary, ARG invited audience members to select artworks to be included in the exhibition. Responses came from voices across the spectrum—art historians and faculty from other humanities disciplines, scientists, practicing artists, and multi-faceted individuals from Philadelphia and beyond. More than 600 individuals participated as “citizen curators,” and among the 50 artists represented in the exhibition are Albrecht Durer; Audrey Flack; Henry Inman; Jacob Lawrence; Robert Savon Pious; Man Ray; and Betye Saar.
Citizen Salon is organized as a reflection of the voices of their audience members and includes a wide range of artwork, including photographs, paintings, prints and mixed media. The exhibition is organized into six themes: place, body, spirit, people, sky and last but not least birds & beasts. Citizen Salon curators’ comments will be featured throughout the exhibit and in the optional audio tour.
The exhibition is currently on display and will run through March 24, 2019. For more information about upcoming related events, visit https://tinyurl.com/ybodn6qk