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Aaron Levy

Levy is the Executive Director and Senior Curator of Slought, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, where for nearly two decades he has harnessed the power of university and community collaboration in developing shared programming and networks of solidarity. He has also curated extensively, including Into the Open (2008), the US representation at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, which traveled to the National Constitution Center; and the Perpetual Peace Project (2010) with the International Peace Institute and United Nations University, which traveled to the New Museum and other venues. He is also the editor of several publications including Cities Without Citizens (2002); Helene Cixous' Ex-cities (2007); John Cage's How to Get Started (2010); and On Listening as a Form of Care (forthcoming, 2020).

Levy has also worked to elevate stories and histories of the struggle for justice in Philadelphia and beyond, and to inscribe practices of mutual aid, community care, and health equity within the cultural and academic sectors. He is Director of the Health Ecologies Lab as well as the Social Justice and Arts Integration Initiative in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and Special Advisor for Health and Humanities Initiatives at Penn Medicine Academy, where he directs the Penn Medicine Listening Lab. Levy is also a Senior Lecturer in the Departments of English and the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 2002. A passionate advocate for project-based learning, his courses apply the humanities to such diverse fields as curatorial studies, social work, design, and health. Prior to Levy's life in the academy, he was a visual artist and poet.

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
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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 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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Global
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 Jan 18, 2017

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

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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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