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Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie

February 25 – May 22, 2017

About the Exhibition

Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie features work by more than 50 international artists who have taken to the street to play detective, make fantastic maps, scavenge and shop for new materials, launch guerrilla campaigns, and make provocative spectacles of themselves to speak to issues as diverse as commodity fetishism, gentrification, gender politics, globalization, racism, and homelessness.

While much of the exhibition will be presented in the Barnes Foundation’s Roberts Gallery, Person of the Crowd will also reach into the city of Philadelphia. A series of performances—by artists including Sanford Biggers, Tania Bruguera, Ayana Evans, Zachary Fabri, and Wilmer Wilson IV—will take place on the streets of Philadelphia, and billboard and street-poster projects will activate the city throughout the exhibition run.

The Barnes has also commissioned artist Man Bartlett to create a project site and digital artwork exploring themes related to the exhibition and the concept of “cyberflânerie.”

A Conversation with Man Bartlett

Artist Man Bartlett, the Barnes Foundation’s digital “flâneur-in-residence,” explores modern flânerie with student collaborators on VERSO, our new behind-the-scenes podcast series. 

Subscribe by searching for "Barnes Foundation" on iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app. 


  • Marina Abramović
  • Vito Acconci
  • Franz Ackermann
  • Francis Alÿs
  • Eleanor Antin
  • Arman
  • Man Bartlett
  • Sanford Biggers
  • Slater Bradley
  • Stanley Brouwn
  • Tania Bruguera
  • Ingrid Calame
  • Sophie Calle
  • Papo Colo
  • Constant
  • Guy Debord
  • Allan Espiritu
  • Ayana Evans
  • Zachary Fabri
  • Daphne Fitzpatrick
  • Kendell Geers
  • Guerrilla Girls
  • Adler Guerrier
  • David Hammons
  • Keith Haring
  • Hi Red Center
  • Jenny Holzer
  • Tehching Hsieh
  • Zhang Huan
  • Allan Kaprow
  • Kimsooja
  • Moshekwa Langa
  • Lynn Hershman Leeson
  • Virgil Marti
  • Annette Messager
  • Lee Mingwei
  • Ivan Cardoso / Hélio Oiticica
  • Jefferson Pinder
  • Adrian Piper
  • William Pope.L
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Martha Rosler
  • Christy Rupp
  • Ed Ruscha
  • Carolee Schneemann
  • Dread Scott
  • Jean Shin
  • Mierle Laderman Ukeles
  • Gillian Wearing
  • Wilmer Wilson IV
  • Brett Day Windham
  • David Wojnarowicz


Major support for this exhibition has been provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

with additional support from

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.