In the Artist’s Words: Rachel Rose

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In the Artist’s Words: Rachel Rose

September 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Magic and coincidence in 1500s rural England:

A striking voice in contemporary art, Rachel Rose creates video installations that ruminate on our image-saturated culture and histories of the past. She is the first recipient of the Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media, which supports innovative new work in video, film, performance, and sound by emerging artists. For her commissioned video, Wil-o-Wisp, Rose trains her lens on a tumultuous moment in history: England in the late 1500s.

Wil-o-Wisp explores how the practice of magic and coincidence influence the fate of a woman named Elspeth Blake. Rose frames her story against the backdrop of England’s Enclosure Movement, which privatized communal land and spurred violent upheavals in agrarian life.

Join Rachel Rose in a talk about how history and storytelling inspired her video installation, Will-o-Wisp.


September 8, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
(215) 763-8100


Perelman Building (of Philadelphia Museum of Art)
2525 Pennsylvania Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130 United States
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