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Jennie Shanker created a mural that serves as a marker to remind people of the soon-to-be-demolished Norris Homes in North Philadelphia. The mural depicts the facades of the Norris Homes on the SEPTA retaining walls near the homes. Aside from the mural acting as a memorial, the memory of the Norris Homes will live on through a website created and maintained by the artist. Shanker worked with the residents of the home and local community center to populate the site with content from the community.
Originally from New York, Jennie Shanker has lived and worked as an artist in Philadelphia since 1982. She has served as an exhibition consultant for Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, worked on multiple community revitalization projects in North Philadelphia with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and was a founding member of Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery. She currently teaches at Tyler School of Art and the University of the Arts. Shanker’s recent project, The Marcellus Clay Experiment, has led her to an interest in developing work that examines contentious current events where reductive, ideological, and political stances have degraded the potential for important, nuanced discussions. Shanker is interested in generating space for access, information, dialogue, and understanding.
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Open Source events:
The Art of Conflict: Teddy Cruz, Jennie Shanker, and Michelle Angela Ortiz - October 25
The Norris Homes Historical Marker © 2015 Jennie Shanker. 10th and Norris Streets, Philadelphia. Photos by Steve Weinik.
Artist Jennie Shanker and assistant Lenny Correa in front of the Norris Homes. Photo by Steve Weinik.