Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

About the Exhibition

Exhibited in the Morris Gallery, in the museum’s Historic Landmark Building, and in the majestic Fisher Brooks Gallery in the Hamilton Building, PAFA’s participation in The Graphic Unconscious brings contemporary art into the midst of the museum’s collections. PAFA’s School of the Fine Arts is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the world, with a program whose history, while grounded in figuration, emphasizes both tradition and innovation. Addressing this commitment to craft-based practices, at PAFA The Graphic Unconscious presents the work of seven international artists who take conventionally recognized mediums and treat them in new and imaginative ways. Working with woodcuts, Christiane Baumgartner and Orit Hofshi realize the woodcut’s potential on an immense scale, while the Indonesian artist group Tromarama turns each cut of the wooden panel into the frame of a stop-motion animation. Mark Bradford collages together found posters and then sands this surface to excavate other forms of information hidden underneath, while Pepón Osorio prints on confetti in a work that turns two-dimensional print into three-dimensional sculpture. Kiki Smith collages lithographs on handmade paper into large-scale poetic works, while Qui Zhijie carves traditional Chinese calligraphy from concrete blocks that, after being printed, stand as sculptures in their own right alongside the wall-hung images.


About PAFA

Founded in 1805 by artist Charles Willson Peale and a group of cultural and civic leaders, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the nation’s first museum and school of the fine arts. Today PAFA continues to focus its founding mission of collecting, teaching, and exhibiting fine art and is home to one of the most important collections of American art in the world, ranging from colonial masters such as Robert Feke, John Singleton Copley, and Benjamin West to contemporary artists including Leon Golub, Elizabeth Murray, Brice Marden, Kara Walker, and Vik Muniz. The museum’s rotating special exhibitions embrace the presentation and appreciation of historical and contemporary American art and explore its significance within an international context.


Christiane Baumgartner
Mark Bradford
Orit Hofshi
Pepon Osorio
Qiu Zhijie
Kiki Smith

The Graphic Unconscious exhibition is in Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, and continues with the Tromarama video installation on view in the Morris Gallery at the Historic Landmark Building.

Venue Information

Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Historic Landmark Building
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
Admission to Special Exhibitions
(includes the Permanent Collection)
Adults $15
Seniors & Students with I.D. $12
Youth ages 5-18 $10

FREE for members and children under 5. Morris Gallery exhibitions and the ground floor of the Historic Landmark Building are free.