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Lenka Clayton: The True Story of a Stone

September 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Free – $18

Rising Sun artist, Lenka Clayton, will present an in-person gallery talk about her unforgettable installation, “The True Story Of A Stone”. Lenka Clayton is an interdisciplinary artist whose work exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd. Lenka will share insights into her artistic practice as well as tell the tale of a specific stone that around 2,000 years ago was carved into a classical sculpture of a Greek goddess. This complicated and nuanced story, written across the gallery walls in the Washington Foyer, ends in the unlikely form of a marble duck. 

Free with museum admission.

Lenka Clayton (b. 1977) is a British-American interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Clayton graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, in 1999. In 2006, she earned an MA in Documentary Direction from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. Clayton is the founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, which takes place inside the homes and lives of artists who are also parents. Key exhibitions include A talking parrot, a high school drama class, a Punjabi TV show, the oldest song in the world, a museum artwork, and a congregation’s call to action circle through New York (with Jon Rubin), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (2017), and Object Temporarily Removed at The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2017). Recent group exhibitions include The Grand Illusion at the 2019 Lyon Biennial, France; and Apollo’s Muse at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY (2019). Clayton has received support from the Warhol Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is held in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; and others. She is currently represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.


Friday, September 15, 2023


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Historic Landmark Building at 118 N. Broad Street, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


Free with PAFA museum admission

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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