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Aaron Levy

Levy works with artists, communities, and institutions to develop cultural projects that encourage inclusiveness, advocacy, and the sharing of knowledge about health and well-being. He is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Slought Foundation, as well as Senior Lecturer in the Departments of History of Art and English at the University of Pennsylvania. At the School of Social Policy and Practice he is the Director of the Health Ecologies Lab as well as the Social Justice and Arts Integration Initiative, and Special Advisor for Health and Humanities Initiatives at Penn Medicine Academy, where he directs the Penn Medicine Listening Lab.

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 a range of other projects with individuals such as Werner Herzog, Agnès Varda, Ai Weiwei, Cecil Balmond, and Antanas Mockus, to name a few.

He 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.

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 twice 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

Chief 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
Local
Oct 14, 2019 – Nov 22, 2020

A storytelling initiative that embraces the power of listening as a form of care

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Begins Feb 1, 2019

An initiative elevating stories and histories of the struggle for justice in Philadelphia and beyond

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Begins Jan 18, 2017

A lab focusing on the impact of social systems on the health of individuals and communities

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Begins Nov 13, 2010

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

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World
Sep 1, 2018 – Sep 1, 2020

A cultural exchange initiative engaging a broad network of civic institutions in the former Eastern Bloc and beyond

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Begins Oct 1, 2010

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

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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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Cloud
Begins Oct 23, 2015

An online exhibition provoking new thinking about media representation and the contemporary conditions of the Syrian revolution

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Begins Jan 5, 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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Begins Mar 6, 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 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 Mar 7, 2002

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

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