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Virtual | Exhibition Tour – ‘Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists & the Politics of Scale’

July 1, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

Deborah Willis Lithograph
4:30pm ET | 3:30pm CT | 1:30pm PT

Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale, on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, examines the approaches of women artists for whom space is a critical feature of their work, whether they take the space on a wall, the real estate of a room through sculpture and installation, engage seriality as a spatial visual practice, cast a wide legacy in art history or claim the space of their body. Curated by Jodi Throckmorton and Brittany Webb, this exhibition features more than sixty works of art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ permanent collection. In this virtual exhibition tour, Dr. Brittany Webb will discuss the exhibition and the importance of women’s leadership in producing this exhibition.

This program is open to ArtTable members only.


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About Brittany Webb

Taking Space Installation ViewBrittany Webb is the inaugural Evelyn and Will Kaplan Curator of Twentieth-Century Art and the John Rhoden Collection. In this role, Webb oversees the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs of 20th century art and provides instruction for the School of Fine Arts at PAFA. Webb’s first exhibition at PAFA, Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale (November 2020-September 5, 2021) is co-curated with Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA. Webb is also organizing a major retrospective exhibition and catalogue of the work of the African American sculptor John Rhoden (1916-2001) and stewards a collection of nearly 300 sculptures by Rhoden, leading PAFA’s ongoing effort to place his artworks into the permanent collections of museums around the world.

Prior to joining PAFA, Webb was a member of the curatorial staff of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Dr. Webb holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Thank you to ArtTable Philadelphia Chapter Co-Chairs Laurie McGahey and Rachel Zimmerman for organizing this program, and Dr. Brittany Webb and Christiana Cruz-Council from PAFA.


  1. Deborah Willis, I Made Space For a Good Man, 2009, Lithograph, gift from the collection of Winston and Carolyn Lowe in honor of Brandywine founder, Allan L. EdmundsDeborah Willis/Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 2019.18.35
  2. Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, January 21, 2021–September 5, 2021. Photo by Adrian Cubillas, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.


July 1, 2021
4:30 pm
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