Sanford Biggers re-enacts ‘Suburban Invasion,’ in collaboration with Xaviera Simmons and Michael Stablein as part of The Barnes Foundation’s ‘Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie’

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Image: Sanford Biggers, Suburban Invasion (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?)


February 25–May 22, 2017
Roberts Gallery

Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie features work by more than 50 international artists who have taken to the street to play detective, make fantastic maps, scavenge and shop for new materials, launch guerrilla campaigns, and make provocative spectacles of themselves to speak to issues as diverse as commodity fetishism, gentrification, gender politics, globalization, racism, and homelessness. The exhibition is on view February 25 through May 22, 2017, and features works, new performances, and historical pieces by Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Constant, David Hammons, and Zhang Huan, among many others.

While much of the exhibition will be presented in the Barnes Foundation’s Roberts Gallery, Person of the Crowd will also reach into the city of Philadelphia. A series of performances—by artists including Sanford Biggers, Tania Bruguera, Ayana Evans, Zachary Fabri, and Wilmer Wilson IV—will take place on the streets of Philadelphia, and billboard and street poster projects will activate the city throughout the exhibition run.

The Barnes has also commissioned New York-based artist Man Bartlett to create a project site and digital artwork exploring themes related to the exhibition and the concept of “cyberflânerie.” Bartlett will act as a flâneur by documenting the street performances taking place throughout the run of the exhibition and inviting the general public to step into the position of the flâneur and share their perceptions of everyday urban life via social media using the hashtag #personofthecrowd. He will also work with teens in the Philadelphia region to develop videos documenting their own experiences as flâneurs inspired by their engagement in the public spaces of the city.

Bartlett will weave together this rich digital content—his documentation of the performances, the public’s social media posts as interpreted by a custom-built machine learning application, and Philadelphia students’ videos—to create the final piece which will live on a project site and will be projected inside the Barnes Foundation’s Annenberg Court.

View Bartlett’s evolving piece and exhibition information at

Marina Abramović
Vito Acconci
Franz Ackermann
Francis Alÿs
Eleanor Antin
Man Bartlett
Sanford Biggers
Slater Bradley
Stanley Brouwn
Tania Bruguera
Ingrid Calame
Sophie Calle
Papo Colo
Guy Debord
Allan Espiritu
Ayana Evans
Daphne Fitzpatrick
Zachary Fabri
Guerrilla Girls
Kendell Geers
Adler Guerrier
David Hammons
Keith Haring
Hi Red Center
Jenny Holzer
Tehching Hsieh
Zhang Huan
Allan Kaprow
Moshekwa Langa
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Virgil Marti
Lee Mingwei
Annette Messager
Ivan Cardoso / Hélio Oiticica
Jefferson Pinder
Adrian Piper
William Pope.L
Robert Rauschenberg
Martha Rosler
Christy Rupp
Ed Ruscha
Carolee Schneemann
Dread Scott
Jean Shin
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Gillian Wearing
Wilmer Wilson IV
Brett Day Windham
David Wojnarowicz


Exhibition access included with General Admission

Adult: $25
Senior: $23
Student/Youth: $10

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