Citizen Salon

Saturday, 1 December 2018Monday, 25 March 2019

Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St.

Citizen Salon

Presented by Arthur Ross Gallery

Organized by Heather Moqtaderi for the Arthur Ross Gallery in collaboration with Lynn Smith Dolby at the University of Pennsylvania Office of the Curator.

Citizen Salon turns traditional exhibition practice on its head by using crowdsourcing as the foundation for curatorial selection. Diverging from the singlecurator model, the Penn community and the public at large were invited to choose and comment on artworks from the University of Pennsylvania Art Collection through a mass call for online participation. The resulting data and commentary inform the content for the exhibition revealing multiple viewpoints and varying sets of expertise. Over 600 individuals participated as “citizen curators,” and among the 50 artists represented in the exhibition are Albrecht Durer; Audrey Flack; Henry Inman; Jacob Lawrence; Robert Savon Pious; Man Ray; and Betye Saar. Citizen Salon is organized as a reflection of the voices of the Arthur Ross Gallery's audience members.  

Citizen Salon wide

Images left to right: Betye Sarr, Return to Dreamtime, 1990 University of Pennsylvania Art Collection Gift of Myron A. Portenar, M.D. and Anne Jaffe Portenar (C’49); Man Ray, Julie, 1970 University of Pennsylvania Art Collection Gift of Marilyn Arnold Palley and Reese Palley; Jacob Lawrence, The Workshop, 1972 University of Pennsylvania Art Collection Gift of Myron A. Portenar, M.D. and Anne Jaffe Portenar (C’49)

Exhibition is free and open to the public.

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This Friday, November 30th, the Arthur Ross Gallery is hosting an Opening Party for Citizen Salon featuring a preview of the exhibition, remarks, and refreshments.

220 South 34th St (Fisher Fine Arts Building)

5:00 PM: Gallery doors open
6:00 PM: Remarks
6:30 PM: The celebration moves next door to Irvine Auditorium for an after-party. Warm up with "Citizen Cider," a donut and topping station, and music selected by June Lopez who will be spinning until 9:30 PM

All are welcome - no RSVP required