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Petah Coyne and Jodi Throckmorton in Conversation

August 31, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – $10

Join us for a one-on-one conversation between Rising Sun artist Petah Coyne (PAFA) and Jodi Throckmorton, co-curator of Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America and former Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA. The artist and curator will speak about their contributions to Rising Sun, the development of project in collaboration with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and how the tumultuous years of the Trump Presidency, the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd impacted the project. They will talk about Petah’s monumental installations in Rising Sun, and share insights into her artistic practice and career that spans 50 years.

Registrants for this event are invited to experience PAFA’s installation of Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America before the panel, from 5:00 – 5:50 pm.


Thursday, August 31, 2023


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Museum doors open at 5:00 pm


Exhibition 5:00 pm – 5:50 pm: Historic Landmark Building at 118 N. Broad Street, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Panel 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad Street, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


$10 General Admission / $5 PAFA & AAMP Members (with advanced registration) / Free Community Access

Free for PAFA Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Petah Coyne and Jodi Throckmorton in Conversation is part of the Rising Sun Artists & Curators Series presented by the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The series was created, in part, to extract the deeper and more nuanced themes found across the commissioned works and artists ethos and inspiration. It gives the audience an opportunity to learn from and interact with the creative minds behind the arresting and visceral work and is meant to act as a greater catalyst for larger conversation around democracy, freedom of expression, place, personhood, community, and citizenship.

Jodi Throckmorton is Chief Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Before joining JMKAC in 2022, she was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she most recently earned accolades for curating a retrospective exhibition and publication on the work of Joan Semmel titled Joan Semmel: Skin in the Game. She also organized the exhibition and publications for Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World (2018) with Lauren Dickens and Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India (2015). During her over seven years at PAFA, she added transformational works by contemporary artists to the collection, including purchases of work by Mequitta Ahuja, Joan Brown, Chitra Ganesh, Ebony G. Patterson, Marie Watt, and Dyani White Hawk, among others. Throckmorton also partnered with Paulson Fontaine Press to make PAFA the East Coast archive of prints by African American artists from the press. In 2018 and 2019, Art Agency, Partners recognized PAFA as a leader in museum acquisitions by women and African American artists. Among her other past projects are Nick Cave: Rescue (2018), Paul Chan: Pillowsophia (2017), Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils (2016). Alyson Shotz: Plane Weave (2016), Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints (2014), Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu (2013), Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting (2013), Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (2012), and This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (2011). Previously, she held curatorial positions at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University and the San Jose Museum of Art in California.


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