Featured Events

Let the Fire Burn

LET THE FIRE BURN

March 6 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The School of Social Policy & Practice screens “Let the Fire Burn,” a film directed by Jason Osder about the City of Philadelphia’s violent clash with MOVE, a black liberation organization based in West Philadelphia in the 1970s and 1980s. D26/27, Caster Building, 3701 Locust Walk. Info: Registration is required: jonesjen@sp2.upenn.edu

strand

THE MEXICAN PORTFOLIO

January 31 (All day) - March 29 (All day)

In 1932, photographer Paul Strand was invited by Carlos Chavez, director of the Fine Arts Department at the Secretariat of Public Education, a federal government authority in Mexico, to document the country’s changing landscape and people. The result of his expedition, the exhibition “Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio,” is on display at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 215-898-2083 or visit www.arthurrossgallery.org.

Mississippi Damned

MISSISSIPPI DAMNED

March 4 7:00pm

The Penn Humanities Forum, in collaboration with Penn’s Cinema Studies Program and International House Philadelphia, screens Bradford Young’s “Mississippi Damned,” the story of three sisters enduring cycles of family dysfunction. IHP, 3701 Chestnut St. Info: Registration is required. www.cinemastudies.upenn.edu

Savoy

FULL HEARTS

January 28 (All day) - December 1 (All day)

The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas by Gilbert and Sullivan. Penn Libraries’ exhibition, “Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy,” traces the history of the company, beginning with its founding in 1901 by Penn alumnus Alfred Reginald Allen. Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 3420 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7555 or www.library.upenn.edu. The exhibit runs through late 2016.

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Event Listings

"Resolved" exhibit

LET THERE BE LIGHT

August 27 9:00am - February 24 5:00pm

Type “God” into Google and you’ll get nearly 2 billion search results. God even has His (or Her) own (unverified) Twitter feed. But despite the sophisticated arguments postulated by believers and non-believers, God’s existence remains in dispute. For Penn’s 2012-13 “Year of Proof,” the Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents “Resolved? God Does Not Exist,” a small exhibition selected from the Library’s primary source collections that shows examples of individual works that attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24, 2013, is on display on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St, next to the Information Desk. For more information, call 215-898-7088 or email rbml@pobox.upenn.edu.

Lesley Hass "Paper" exhibit

PAPER TRAIL

September 4 9:00am - February 15 5:00pm

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents a show from Philadelphia native Lesley Haas, “Paper: A Deckled Edge.” The signature of Haas’ work is the use of natural fibers and pigments from various parts of the world, which blend the characteristics of the fibers with different elements of style. Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st floor, 3420 Walnut St. Info: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 15, 2013.

GERMANTOWN TO LONDON

January 28 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Penn IUR and PennDesign are proud to host Andrew Altman, an experienced city planner who has worked on major projects in London, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sao Paolo, Johannesburg, and Mexico City, back to Penn. Most recently, he was appointed by the UK Prime Minister and the Mayor of London as its master planner, landowner and developer of the London Olympic Park, where he is tasked with regenerating the Olympic grounds for future business development. Altman is the former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Planning for Philadelphia; Planning Director for Washington, D.C.; and CEO of the Anacostia Waterfront Development Corporation. Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, 210 South 34th St. Registration is required for this talk. Info: penniur.upenn.edu/events.

PUBLIC ARTS

January 28 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Penn IUR and PennDesign present Theaster Gates, director of Arts & Public life at the University of Chicago. Gates has developed an expanded artistic practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. His training as an urban planner and sculptor, and subsequent time spent studying clay, has given him keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. Playing with these poetic and systematic interests, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body. Meyerson Hall, Room B-1, 210 South 34th St. Registration is required for this talk. Info: penniur.upenn.edu/events.