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News from the Weitzman School of Design
Stuart Weitzman Plaza Dedicated
Steiner, Weitzman, Sanders, and Carnaroli posing
Stuart Weitzman Plaza, the popular gathering place for students, faculty, and visitors from across the Penn campus that was extensively renovated in 2021, was dedicated during Alumni Weekend. Named after Stuart Weitzman in recognition of a series of transformational gifts to the University, the plaza was designed by Practice Professor Emeritus Laurie Olin and a team at OLIN that included three alums. Dean Steiner was joined by Stuart Weitzman, OLIN CEO and Weitzman faculty member Cindy Sanders, and Penn Senior Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli at the ceremony.
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Protecting and Interpreting the Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
“As good as it gets when you go into preservation and architectural history” says Molly Lester, associate director of the Urban Heritage Project, of the opportunity to work on the Lincoln Memorial. With Randall Mason, a professor in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Lester (MSHP’12) and a team of Weitzman students were recently commissioned by the National Park Service to produce a cultural landscape report for the Memorial, which celebrates its 100th birthday this month.
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Introductions: Jamaal Green, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning
Planner and geographer Jamaal Green joined Weitzman as a postdoctoral fellow in 2020 and will join the standing faculty as an assistant professor beginning on July 1. In an interview, he shares insights into teaching geographic information systems, industrial land management in cities, and housing quality in Philadelphia. “I want to try and elevate the use of spatial analysis and spatial data, and also I want to demystify it,” Green says.
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Monica Rhodes
Rhodes Awarded Rome Prize
Last month, the American Academy in Rome awarded alum Monica Rhodes (MSHP’12) the prestigious and highly competitive Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize in historic preservation and conservation. Rhodes, who is director of partnerships for Weitzman’s Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites, noted that for "a Black woman from Waco, Texas, this represents a continuum of progress for the historic preservation movement.”
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On Sunday, May 22, alums from the classes of 2020 and 2021 were welcomed back to campus for an in-person Commencement. A reception following the University ceremony brought together the recent Weitzman alums with faculty and staff of the School. 
Year End Show
Installation of architectural models as part of the Year End Show
Through Sunday, June 5 | In person; Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(A virtual gallery is also on view)
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A person looking at a sculptural installation
Imperative of Struggle
Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition for the Class of 2022
Through Thursday, May 26 | In person; Crane Arts, 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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A busy food market
Hometowns Project 2022
A collaborative installation of text and images from the Weitzman community
Ongoing | In person; Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Brooklyn Talks: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sekou Cooke, and Paul Farber
With Paul Farber, a senior research scholar at Weitzman’s Center for Public Art and Space
Thursday, May 26, 7:00pm | Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York
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Yo! Modernism: The View from Philadelphia
The 2022 National Symposium of Docomomo US, a nonprofit dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement
Tuesday, May 31–Sunday, June 5 | In person; hosted by Weitzman
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Preserving Neighborhoods: How Urban Policy Shapes Baltimore and Brooklyn
A talk by Aaron Passell, associate director of urban studies of Barnard College, presented as part of a series co-curated by Francesca Russello Ammon, associate professor of city planning and historic preservation at Weitzman, for the Carpenters Company of Philadelphia.
Wednesday, June 1, 5:30pm | Virtual event
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Documenting Philadelphia’s Built Environment
With Joseph Elliott, lecturer in historic preservation
Wednesday, June 1, 5:30pm | In person; Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Installation of two Adkins sculptures
Terry Adkins
A solo exhibition of work by the late Adkins, a longtime professor of fine arts
Through Saturday, May 28 | Paula Cooper Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, New York, New York
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Installation shot of a Hartt tapestry showing peonies
David Hartt: Et In Arcadia Ego
A solo exhibition of work by Hartt, associate professor of fine arts
Through Friday, June 3 | David Nolan Gallery, 24 East 81st Street, New York, New York
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Wilmer Wilson IV: To lessen the demand of visibility
A solo exhibition of work by alum Wilson (MFA’15)
Through Friday, June 3 | Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Anderson Hall, 333 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Photo with text by Ken Lum
Ken Lum: Death and Furniture
A solo exhibition of work by Lum, the Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor and chair of fine arts
Opens Saturday, June 25 | Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario
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Installation view of two sculptures and three paintings by Musson
Jayson Musson: His History of Art
A solo exhibition of work by alum Musson (MFA’11)
Opening Friday, July 22 | Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Garden designed by Hartt at Glass House
David Hartt: A Colored Garden
An exhibition of work by Associate Professor of Fine Arts David Hartt
Through Monday, November 14 | The Glass House, Ponus Ridge Road, New Canaan, Connecticut
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A person looking at installation of Lazard work
Venice Biennale: The Milk of Dreams
An international art exhibition that includes the work of alum Carolyn Lazard (MFA’19)
Through Sunday, November 27 | Arsenale, Campo Dell Tana, Venice, Italy
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Carolyn Lazard: Long Take
A solo exhibition of work by alum Carolyn Lazard (MFA’19)
Through Sunday, December 11 | Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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