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A Day on Campus

On Tuesday, October 29, Penn students, staff, and faculty came together to capture “A Day in the Life of Penn” with a final series of 108 campus and Philly images. To contribute to this project, I reached out to Professor Karen Beckman, Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media, about arts opportunities on campus. Today, I’m sharing Professor Beckman’s email. Find inspiration in this exploration of expression, creativity, and culture on Penn’s campus as you work to complete your regular decision applications (Jan 1 is one week away).


Dear Eric,

Here are some good things going on Tuesday around campus in the realm of art and culture that may be photogenic:

The artifact lab in the Penn Museum would be great for a shoot (on-display mummy preservation). There are also some events linked to Kelly Writers House that may be of interest. And the Institute of Contemporary Art, site of Warhol’s first solo exhibition, is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary with the Jason Rhoades show, which might make for some interesting photography. The Arthur Ross Gallery has a terrific Rodin exhibition up right now, and in the plaza in front of the Fisher Fine Arts library, there’s a new art installation that has been constructed this week as part of the Norwegian artist Knut Asdam’s artist-in-residency. The History of Art department is holding a class at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday that is part of a new Mellon-funded initiative. If you’re interested in photographing students involved in the collections over there, Prof. Larry Silver is the person to contact. Prof. Carol Muller’s “Hearing Africa” Freshman seminar is Tuesday 10.30-12, and she is often out and about in West Philadelphia with her students, as is Prof. Emily Dolan with her “Sound Art” freshman seminar, Tues. 1.30-3.30. Dr. Rose Malague teaches her freshman seminar, “Theater in the City,” Tues 3-6, and this course is also very dynamic.

So Tuesday is a good day for art and culture at Penn.

Best wishes, Karen
Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media
Department of the History of Art
University of Pennsylvania

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