Experience Your Own American Revolution

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This month, The Museum of the American Revolution celebrates its one year anniversary! To celebrate its first year, here are some of the reasons why you should use your STAMP app to go.

The Museum of the American Revolution tells a story from as early as the 1760’s when early stirrings of colonial unrest occurred to the opening shots of the War of Independence, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and at last to the creation of the American Republic.

This museum will not only give you the opportunity to see the history of “The Land of Opportunities” but in itself, be a land of opportunities.

This is the only museum that will give you the opportunity to experience your own American Revolution.

You can walk into an exhibit that mimics revolutionary battles and livens all of your senses through the rumbling of the floor, visual effects, sound effects and more! Or you can meet your heroes as 3-D figures, whether they be the veterans of the revolutionary war or individuals such as the Native Americans who played such a significant role during the war for independence.

Let this museum be the one that brings you beyond the battlefield and into the nitty gritty details that your textbook probably doesn’t include. Whether those be the involvement of children, or enslaved persons that participated in the revolutionary war or even whatever your imagination may dream of in terms of the Revolutionary War, you can find them here.

With free admission to the Museum of the American Revolution using the STAMP app, visit the Museum of the American Revolution and create your own American Revolution experience.

Teens on the Philadelphia National Walkout Protesting Gun Violence

by Tajnia Hussain

Students with protest signs at the Student Walkout
Students from Central High School. Photo by Darya Bershadskaya

Over the past month, our country has faced a wave of protests in support of more regulated gun control laws after a number of countless shootings all over the country. The youth has been leading these conversations, advocating for and demanding change.

Photo by Zirwa Malik
Photo by Zirwa Malik

On February 14, 2018, 17 innocent students lost their lives in a shooting at their school in Parkland, Florida.The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in addition to other students, have been taking action and encouraging their state representatives and senators to take legal action like extinguishing bump stocks, and banning assault rifles that are the weapon behind many shootings across America. They have also been advocating for increasing the age required to purchase a gun from 18 to 21.

On March 14, there was a national walkout day, which led millions of students to walk out of class for 17 minutes or more, to give a moment of silence for the 17 students who lost their lives. This was an action allowed by their Constitutional right to voice their opinions. The protest was organized by the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.The shooting was the 18th school shooting to occur so far in 2018.

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, was amongst the many cities that participated in the national walkout. Many schools such as Central, Franklin Learning Center, Science Leadership Academy CC and Beeber, Academy at Palumbo, Masterman, joined in organizing speakers at their school, at City Hall, and at the school district’s headquarters.

Below are some statements of students across the city and their view on gun control:

Zillah Elcin, Senior at Academy at Palumbo
“My main feelings over the gun control issue in the US is just an overwhelming sense of anger. Because being a student is too often a powerless position, and our voice is one that is overlooked, not by teachers, but by policymakers. Specifically, in Philadelphia, gun control is a different problem, one that affects our neighborhoods more than our schools. If I had to summarize my thoughts I would say this; suburbia, we will stand with you when your schools are shot up, but will you stand with us when our communities blaze in gunfire?”

Kaamil Jones, Senior at Science Leadership Academy Center City
“I’m hopeful. I think our generation is tired of it. We’ve seen it all of our lives. They tell us to shut up, but we still keep talking. We’re not afraid to call you out on the bad things that you do. We’re powerful: We’ve already seen all these companies drop the NRA. And we’re all willing to work to make a difference.”(As told in an article on WHYY)

Kaila Caffey, Senior at Central High School
“I think the only question that’s really important in determining if protests will lead to change is, are the right people listening. People tend to forget that protests are legitimately organized. In my experience with the Philadelphia Student Union, the organizations supporting walkouts and protests follow-up with the appropriate local leaders. In Philly, city council has already supported and responded to student protests so I’m confident change at least will be made locally.”

New Kiefer Rodin Exhibit at Barnes Foundation

by Tajnia Hussain

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Painting by the artist Anselm Kiefer

Kiefer Rodin presents various new works by German artist Anselm Kiefer which include sculptures, drawings and writings of French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The exhibition is a collaboration with Musée Rodin, Paris, and celebrates the 100th anniversary of Rodin’s death, highlighting his most famous works.

Photo Courtesy of Georges Poncet
Photo Courtesy of Georges Poncet

Musée Rodin was revisiting the Rodin’s Cathedral in France, which was at the time, a book written by Rodin in 1914, and it sparked Musée to retransform and project an exhibition showcasing a whole new array of works. In the exhibition, Rodin’s works are presented in a dialogue form with sculptures and drawings and other rarely displayed works.

Kiefer Rodin is open until March 12, 2018, so take advantage of your STAMP pass and head to the Barnes Foundation before it’s too late! Enjoy your time at the exhibition and explore the rest of the museum.

Three New Exhibits Open at The Institute of Contemporary Art

by Tajnia Hussain

The Institute of Contemporary Art is currently featuring three new exhibitions. They exhibits consist of Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show, Broadcasting: EAI, and Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward.

Below is more information about each addition to the museum:

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Photo Courtesy of JKA Photography

The Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show exhibition presents nearly 350 works of paintings, fabric works, ceramics, banners, documentations, photography, texts, of Cary Leibowitz from 1987 to now. Leibowitz became known around the 1990s because of his bold, blunt, bright, and comical text based art. In his art, he explores and expresses his perspective on being gay and Jewish.

The Broadcasting: EAI exhibition presents an intergenerational group of artists expressing their views on public access of television to social media. The show features works of media art, installation, screenings and a series of live events through various displays by the artists: Robert Beck, Tony Cokes, Ulysses Jenkins, JODI, Shigeko Kubota, Kristin Lucas, and TVTV. The exhibition will focus on how artists interpret broadcasting.

Courtesy of the artist Robert Yang
Courtesy of the artist Robert Yang

The Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward exhibition showcases the influence of digital and online technologies, fandom structures, artist perspective on exploring and creating new environments for queer identification. The ICA provides this exhibition a space for queer play.

The Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show and Broadcasting: EAI exhibition is on view from February 2 through March 25, 2018. The Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward, is on view from February 2 through August 12, 2018.