Person of the Crowd showcases the work of more than 50 international artists—present-day flâneurs (strollers or idlers) who have taken to the streets to play detective, make fantastic maps, scavenge and shop for new materials, and launch guerrilla campaigns. These artists often make provocative spectacles of themselves and address issues as diverse as apartheid, consumerism, gentrification, globalism, and homelessness. They join the crowds in city streets around the world and here in Philadelphia, their heightened connection to the urban social fabric stimulating novel art about the nature of contemporary experience.
Person of the Crowd is based in the Barnes Foundation’s Roberts Gallery and will be on view February 25–May 22, 2017. Select projects, listed on this site, extend beyond the museum walls and across the city.