In Philadelphia
In the World
In the Cloud

Aaron Levy

Levy works with artists, communities, and institutions worldwide to develop cultural projects that encourage inclusiveness, advocacy, and the sharing of knowledge. He is committed to reflecting on the responsibilities of cultural institutions, and developing the institution itself as a performative work.

He has curated exhibitions such as "Into the Open," the US representation at the Venice Biennale for Architecture; the "Perpetual Peace Project" at the International Peace Institute at the United Nations; "Mixplace Studio" with People's Emergency Center; and hundreds of other projects with individuals such as Werner Herzog, Agnès Varda, Ai Weiwei, Cecil Balmond, and Antanas Mockus.

He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Departments of English and the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD from the School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds, with a focus on the cultural, political and economic history of the Venice Biennale. His scholarly work explores the cultural politics of memory and display, and histories and practices of public culture. He also studies the impact of social systems and structures on the health of individuals and communities, with an emphasis on how artists negotiate -- psychologically and aesthetically -- inequality and the uneven consequences of globalization.

He has edited over 20 books, films, and multimedia publications, including Cities Without Citizens (2002); Helene Cixous' Ex-cities (2007); Evasions of Power (2011); On the Living History of the Venice Architecture Biennale (2010); John Cage's How to Get Started (2010); and Utterly Precarious: Carolee Schneemann (2013).

He has served on the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions, was a United States Cultural Envoy to Pakistan, and is on the board of directors of AICA-USA, the International Art Critics Association.

Executive Director

Senior Curator

Slought
4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
slought.org alevy@sloughtfoundation.org
+1.215.701.4627, Ext. 111

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Primary programs
In Philadelphia
Begins Oct 11, 2007

An outdoor installation by Braco Dimitrijevic featuring photo portraits of unknown persons

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Begins Nov 13, 2010

An interactive installation that features a rarely heard performance by John Cage, and will evolve over time through participation from the public

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Begins Apr 24, 2012

A multi-part engagement with the life and work of Carolee Schneemann, whose work has continually probed the precariousness of nature, art, and life

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In the World
Begins Jul 09, 2003

Drawing from Rosenbach Museum archives, this exhibition explores the limits and conditions of citizenship in early and modern times

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Begins Mar 11, 2008

Hélène Cixous lit "Dissidanses" (sur Nancy Spero), suivi d'une conversation sur les artistes contemporains

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Begins Sep 14, 2008

Highlighting America's rich history of architectural experimentation and the original ways architects today are working collaboratively to invigorate community activism and environmental policy

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Begins Oct 01, 2010

A curatorial intervention exploring 21st century prospects for international peace through a series of symposia, exhibitions, lectures, and films

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In the Cloud
Begins Jul 07, 2011

An exhibition and conversation with Sergio Fajardo and others about the relationship between public policy, social justice, and civic imagination

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Begins Mar 07, 2002

Recordings by Fred Wah of readings, lectures and discussions by notable New American poets

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Begins Aug 27, 2010

A research initiative and publication series exploring the history of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and the relationship between architecture and display

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Begins Jan 23, 2011

A space for inter-cultural conversation and research about art and advocacy, exploring a variety of trends, shared differences, and common concerns

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Begins Mar 06, 2011

A research initiative and archive about the lives and experiences of 1001 Chinese participants who traveled to Kassel, Germany for Ai Weiwei's project "Fairytale" (2007)

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Begins Jan 05, 2014

A new identity that radically transforms how Slought operates in Philadelphia, the world, and the cloud, and makes legible the organization's movements as it performs its activities

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