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Artist Bash

  • 180 mins

Since 2017, PAAFF has been a founding partner of the Barnes Foundation event series titled Artist Bash. This series is dedicated to showcasing performance artists of color within the museum space in an attempt to overcome the historical lack of representation in a predominantly white institution.

Held three times a year, each event includes artists from a variety of communities working across myriad disciplines. This event will feature artists who perform as they create, activating their histories, identities, and passions and creating connections across communities.

Be part of a living installation created by photographer Shawn Theodore, view a modern take on traditional Chinese dance by Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, hear stereotype-disrupting music by Lizzie Harp, listen to violin virtuoso Justus Rivera, and watch performance artist Sherman Fleming bring a personal story to life. Also included are a featured performance by multiracial Okinawan/Egyptian/Israeli musician Marina Murayama Nir titled imprint, ember, hearth and a closing dance party spun by legendary Queens-based DJ Roli Rho.

imprint, ember, hearth is an exploration of the Okinawan Kamiuta, ceremonious song that celebrates sacred spaces on the islands. The project will be manifested as a series of music and sound collages—assembled with samples of elders singing the songs, orchestral loops, and electronic manipulation devices, and a small video installation/altar set with visuals. The project is part of Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists Mini-Residency program.

Tickets includes access to the Barnes collection and the 30 Americans exhibition.


What happens when an an ornery, chain-smoking, grandma lands herself in the middle of a Chinatown gang war? Lucky Grandma will be screening at 6 pm just before the bash. Why not make it a night out and attend the film and and the party?

Tickets to Lucky Grandma include admission to the Artist Bash for a can’t miss 2 for 1 Saturday night special!

This program is created in partnership with the Barnes Foundation, iHeartRADIO, OneHunted, and Small but Mighty Arts.

Dates & Times


Barnes Foundation

Sat, Nov 16
8:00 pm