October is going to be the prime time for public art in Philly, because that's when the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is bringing 14 extraordinary artists from around the world to Philadelphia for Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space, a groundbreaking outdoor exhibition of temporary, site-specific contemporary art. The Open Source artists’ practices vary widely, from sculpture to community muralism to street art. Mural Arts has invited these artists to each approach a new project within the organization’s 30-year model of traversing art with social practice.
Curated by Pedro Alonzo, Open Source is a unique citywide exhibition like nothing before. You don't want to miss this, and Philly is the only place to see it. Experience a monumental new portrait by JR, cool skateable sculptures by Jonathan Monk, a fun interactive mural by Shinique Smith, and so much more. Open Source will include murals, sculptures, performances, street art, and even a makeshift recycling center.
The full line up for Open Source includes the Dufala Brothers, Sam Durant, Shepard Fairey, JR, Ernel Martinez & Keir Johnston, MOMO, Jonathan Monk, Odili Donald Odita, Sterling Ruby, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Shinique Smith, Jennie Shanker, Heeseop Yoon, and Swoon.
Open Source is a temporary temporary exhibition, and while some pieces are already installed and more are on their way in the coming months, October 2015 will be the only time to see Open Source in its entirety. In addition to the 14 public installations throughout Philadelphia, Open Source will culminate with a month-long series of programming. From October 1-31, there will hardly be a day when something related to Open Source won't be happening, from tours to panels to art-making workshops with Open Source artists. Click here for a preview.
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