October is going to be the perfect time to visit Philadelphia. All of the Open Source projects will be installed, and we’re planning a month-long series of events connected to the exhibition. There will be something for everyone.
Families will not want to miss the art-making workshops with MOMO, which will take place on October 4 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and on October 10 at the Franklin Institute. These hands-on workshops are ideal for kids of all ages. MOMO and students in our art education department will teach you how to create beautiful geometric art!
We’ve also planned plenty of more serious events and conversations about the intersection of social justice and public art, one of the major themes running throughout Open Source. On October 17, Open Source artist Sam Durant will be joined by some of the nation’s leading experts on restorative justice and the criminal justice system for a panel discussion at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Later this summer, we’ll be adding more to the calendar, including events tackling art education, immigration, and more.
Who doesn’t love hearing firsthand from their favorite artists? We’re planning a series of artists talk about with many of the artists in Open Source. For now, we can tell you that Sam Durant will be speaking at Eastern State Penitentiary on October 1, and we’ll be holding talks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the 4th and 14th. On October 4, curator Erica Battle will be hosting a conversation with SWOON, Odili Donald Odita, and Michelle Angela Ortiz about ephemeral art, and then we will return on the 14th for a talk from Shepard Fairey about Jasper Johns, one of Fairey’s major influences. But that’s just the start. Keep an eye on our events calendar in the coming months as we announce even more conversations with Open Source artists.
Do you love exploring the city? Our tours program has got you covered with a series of special Open Source tours. On Sundays throughout October, Open Source curator Pedro Alonzo and Mural Arts’ own Jane Golden will lead tours of the exhibition, and we’ll have a variety of other tours throughout the month. These are going to be the best way to see Open Source, and you’ll get to hear the behind-the-scenes stories about each project. Our tours are perfect for families or individuals who enjoy art and exploration, whether you’re from Philly or visiting from out of town.
We hope that Philadelphians enjoy Open Source, but we also think that it will be well-worth visiting the city to see. To make your trip even better, plan it around your favorite Open Source event or tour.