Thursday, May 30, 2013

Philly Art Museum To Present Documentary Series

On Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present The Triptych, a three-part documentary series produced by AFROPUNK Pictures and directed by Terence Nance that profiles three cutting-edge New York-based contemporary artists of African descent, including Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers, and Barron Claiborne. Nance, Biggers and Claiborne will be available for a panel discussion afterwards.

Following its Philadelphia premier, The Triptych will be shown in Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

The screening is made possible by the African-American Collections Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Van Pelt Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Panel discussion, 7:30 p.m.

Panelists: Terence Nance, Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne, Maori Karmel Holmes, founder Black Star Film Festival

Moderator: Li Sumpter, founder of the Philadelphia-based art and design studio Mythmedia: 21.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday Nights

The main building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is open until 8:45 p.m. every Wednesday. Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday Nights are casual, exciting, and illuminating and visitors explore the collections in inventive, interactive, and dynamic new ways. Gallery conversations take unexpected forms such as “triple play,” when visitors discuss three works united by a common theme together. Mini-film festivals showcase international independent films and artist’s films as well as old favorites. Artists offer in-gallery experiences or performance pieces. ”Pop-up” programs include sketching in the galleries and story-telling. Every week, music is offered in the Great Stair Hall, and musicians perform monthly in the galleries.

About the artists in The Triptych:

Wangechi Mutu, born in Nairobi, received her MFA degree from Yale University and had her first major solo exhibition in 2010 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work frequently merges organic and surreal elements with human forms, especially the female body, and has recently embraced sculptural installation.

Sanford Biggers, born in Los Angeles, is a multi-media artist whose work is based on African-American ethnography, hip hop music, Buddhism, African spirituality, Indo-European Vodoun, Jazz, Afro-futurism, urban culture and icons from Americana. He is an assistant professor at Columbia University.

Barron Claiborne, born in Boston, is a photographer who draws inspiration from dreams, stories, and oral traditions relating to his Southern American and African ancestry. He co-directed the Triptych series with Nance.


The cult film classic AFROPUNK spotlighting Black punks in America in 2003 was co-created by Matthew Morgan and James Spooner and gave voice to a large, young multicultural community. In 2005, the first annual AFROPUNK film festival debuted at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and celebrated and unified the cultural cornerstones of AFROPUNK: music, film, skate, and the AP community.

About Mythmedia:21:

Mythmedia:21 develops art projects that explore the significance of myth and media technologies. MM:21 founder Li Sumpter is a PhD candidate in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds an MA in Arts and Humanities Education and Administration from New York University.

Exhibition Hours:

Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art. The Museum’s many galleries present painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include a landmark main building; the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building; the Rodin Museum, and two historic houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts, and films.

For additional press information and images, contact the press office at or 215-684-7860.

For general information, call 215-763-8100, or visit the Museum’s website at

For information about AFROPUNK, contact Li Sumpter at 347.415.0223; or

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