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Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 – 7pm

#SeeingtheBarnes

Photo by Tyger Productions

About the Event

Join us for an unconventional conversation about creativity, gender, and race, where we bring together intriguing speakers and you bring the questions! Tonight’s discussion features Philadelphia Parks & Recreation commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell in dialogue with performance artist Sherman Fleming.

What would you ask the woman in charge of Philly's parks? What might you learn from a performance artist with a long and provocative career? These guests (full bios below) will answer 20 audience-submitted questions, improvising and analyzing along the way and sharing their unique perspectives. In the spirit of playfulness mixed with critical discourse, Philly poet and singer M’Balia Singley will close the night with an original composition recapping the discussion.

This Q&A will be held on our terrace, one of the largest covered outdoor spaces in Philadelphia—so it’s rain or shine.

Wine, beer, and light snacks available for purchase. This event does not include collection access.

Speakers

Kathryn Ott Lovell

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner

Appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney in 2016, Ott Lovell has worked to improve Philly's parks, emphasizing citizen-centric service, accessible programs, and a commitment to well-maintained spaces. She was instrumental in creating Parks on Tap, Philly's popular mobile beer garden, and The Oval+, a pop-up park and event series on the Parkway. She's also a mother of two.

Sherman Fleming

Performance artist

Over his decades-long career, Fleming has created work that explores the body’s expressive power and the limits of endurance, confronting issues of black masculinity and the psychosexual tensions surrounding the black male body. His performance work has been featured at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, and Franklin Furnace in New York, among other institutions.