Illuminating the ‘Invisible City’: The Birth of the New in Mid-Century Philadelphia

Join us!

The Philadelphia Avant-garde Studies Consortium presents its 2019 symposium:

Friday, November 15
1–6 p.m.
Kislak Center, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia

FREE and open to the public; reservations requested (Please click here to reserve

We’ll be exploring the upcoming exhibition Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde. Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Invisible City—also featuring events and Happenings—will be visible around the city from Jan. 21 to April 4, 2020, in the University of the Arts’ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Gershman Hall; and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition will feature events and happenings.

Unprecedented in depth and scope, Invisible City examines Philadelphia’s crucial role in shaping postwar art and culture. Curated by UArts’ Sid Sachs, our symposium’s keynote speaker.

Other symposium highlights: artworks and ephemera on display; talks with:

  • Janyce Denise Glasper, artist & writer
  • Mari Shaw, author, collector & intellectual property lawyer;
  • Shelley Spector, artist, UPenn & UArts
  • Jacque Liu, artist, Philadelphia.’s Percent for Art & Moore College of Art
  • William Whitaker, curator & collections manager, Architectural Archives, UPenn

and more.


The Philadelphia Avant-Garde Studies Consortium (PASC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a network of educational and cultural institutions and associated scholars, artists, curators, and collectors who combine expertise and resources to foster the advanced study of avant-garde movements and promote related special collections, exhibitions, and performances in the greater Philadelphia area and Delaware Valley region.