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. The exhibition is on view February 25 through May 22, 2017, and features works, new performances, and historical pieces by Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Constant, David Hammons, and Zhang Huan, among many others.
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 New York-based artist Man Bartlett to create a project site and digital artwork exploring themes related to the exhibition and the concept of “cyberflânerie.” Bartlett will act as a flâneur by documenting the street performances taking place throughout the run of the exhibition and inviting the general public to step into the position of the flâneur and share their perceptions of everyday urban life via social media using the hashtag #personofthecrowd. He will also work with teens in the Philadelphia region to develop videos documenting their own experiences as flâneurs inspired by their engagement in the public spaces of the city.
Bartlett will weave together this rich digital content—his documentation of the performances, the public’s social media posts as interpreted by a custom-built machine learning application, and Philadelphia students’ videos—to create the final piece which will live on a project site and will be projected inside the Barnes Foundation’s Annenberg Court.
View Bartlett’s evolving piece and exhibition information at personofthecrowd.org.
Hi Red Center
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Ivan Cardoso / Hélio Oiticica
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Wilmer Wilson IV
Brett Day Windham
IN THE NEWS
“The Barnes Foundation, in a notable expansion of its historical purview, has assembled artworks stretching from the post-war era to today that were made with the flâneur’s most esteemed qualities in mind: alacrity, an openness to the public and social discourse, a focus on daily life, and a flair for performance.” — Artforum, January 2017
“The Barnes Foundation will celebrate more than 50 artists’ engagement with different communities in Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, opening Feb. 25.” — The New York Times: Style Magazine
“The participatory, immersive aspect of Person of the Crowd signals a new way of presenting art that contemporary audiences expect—and it’s one that deeply validates the attitude and practice of the flâneur as central to our modern, connected, urban existence.” — American Photo
Major support for Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie 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.
The exhibition is also made possible by the generosity of individual contributors to the Barnes Foundation Exhibition Fund, the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.