June 1, 2015
Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space is a groundbreaking outdoor exhibition of temporary, site-specific art created by leading contemporary artists. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will bring 14 extraordinary artists from around the world to Philadelphia, and they will work with Mural Arts to create a new series of public artworks that explore and illuminate Philadelphia’s diverse urban identity.
The participating artists’ practices vary widely, from sculpture to community muralism to street art. Mural Arts has invited these artists to each approach a new project within the organization’s 30-year model of traversing art with social practice. A central Open Source venue will be the go-to spot for talks, tours, visual documentation, and direct engagement with staff, artists, and curator Pedro Alonzo.
Open Source is Philadelphia’s unique response to major public art events like Miami’s Wynwood Walls, Prospect New Orleans, and Germany’s documenta, as well as rapidly proliferating street art festivals that are injecting new creative energy into cities around the globe. The exhibition will offer a bold redefinition of contemporary art and advance worldwide recognition of Philadelphia as a culturally innovative and global city.