Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde
Supported by a Discovery grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, initiated by Sid Sachs of the University of the Arts, Invisible City’s goal is to increase awareness of the cultural contributions of Philadelphia at mid century. This interactive website consists of transcribed oral histories of vital participants in Philadelphia’s avant-garde community of the 1960s and 1970s with videos, images and an extensive chronology.
During this era, the city of Philadelphia exhibited the first Pop Art, happenings, all night musical performances, postminimalist environments, innovative tendencies in urban planning and post-Miesian architecture.
Click the yellow connective arcs to find out more about the associations between the cultural links. Listen to the interviews and read their transcripts.
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