Hannah Wilke, Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde, University of the Arts, Philadelphia

21 January - 4 April 2020


Hannah Wilke features in Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde (1956-1976), a group exhibition at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.⁣⁣


The show highlights Philadelphia’s major contributions to visual, literary, and musical culture across two critical decades. The project invites audiences to envision Philadelphia as “a city of firsts,” whose accomplishments include the first Pop Art exhibitions, innovations in architecture and urban planning, and a substantial post-war growth of art schools.

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Wilke left New York to study art in Philadelphia. In 1962, she received a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. ⁣⁣⁣Wilke’s terracotta sculpture, titled That Fills Earth (1965), is included in the display. ⁣⁣⁣⠀


Invisible City features key works by important figures, such as Denise Scott Brown, Rafael Ferrer, Ray Metzker, Ree Morton, Italo Scanga, and Robert Venturi. ⁣⁣⁣