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Taylor Mac, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, “Decade 12 (1886-1896).” Photo by Teddy Wolff.

Hyperallergic and The MacDowell Colony are joining forces to provide you with a unique opportunity to see the 12-hour second part of Taylor Mac’s “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” and visit the studios of some of Philadelphia’s leading visual artists on June 9th & 10th. This will be an easy, enjoyable, and insightful way to explore art in one of country’s most historic cities.

As part of MacDowell’s ongoing effort to support and celebrate artists, and Hyperallergic’s engagement with playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture, we’re traveling to Philadelphia to meet MacDowell Fellows Jesse Harrod, Gabriel MartinezMegan Biddle, and John Schlesinger (with project partner Tra Bouscaren) and get closer to their work. The tour will be led by experts at MacDowell and Hyperallergic and will feature access to Taylor Mac’s wondrous performance into the modern history of pop music — you have to see it to believe it.

Click here to reserve your tickets

Saturday, June 9th

Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Part II, 1896 – Present
12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight
Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This show won the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Award for Drama, was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, and earned an unprecedented three New York Times 2016 listings for Best Performances, Theater, and Music. Taylor was in residence at MacDowell in 2014, and worked on this show there. Don’t miss this last chance to see it performed in the United States!

One of the great experiences of my life“! – New York Times
“…like Wagner, Mac is a sorcerer – LA Times
Mac’s work broke me, in ways that leave me nothing but impatient to build myself anew – LA Review of Books

Tickets: $150 – $300

Sunday, June 10th

Philadelphia Artist’s Studio Tour & Brunch
12:00 noon – 5pm
Join MacDowell & Hyperallergic for brunch at the studio of John Schlesinger to kick-start the day followed by studio tours with a few of MacDowell’s visual arts Fellows Jesse Harrod, Gabriel Martinez, and Megan Biddle.

Studio visits will be led by Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian.

  • Fellow John Schlesinger will open up his private home to host us for an early brunch and to give us an exclusive tour of his thrilling immersive light installations created with project partner Tra Bouscaren.
  • Fellow Megan Biddle will demonstrate her skills and stunning glass-work at Tyler School of Arts.
  • Fellow Jesse Harrod will show vibrant finished and in-process macramé work, drawings & video.
  • Fellow Gabriel Martinez will show his pertinent work focused upon LGBTQ history.

Following our studio visits, if you are still up for more, you can continue on to enjoy Philadelphia’s LGBT Pride festivities at your leisure.

Sunday Brunch & Studio Visits: $50

Click here to reserve your tickets

Travel and accommodation
You are responsible for your accommodation and travel arrangements for the weekend. Please visit for our group rates. Please visit Megabus and Amtrak websites for travel options to Philadelphia. We’ll email meeting locations and details to ticket buyers before the weekend.

Contact Shaun Newport at with any questions.

About The MacDowell Colony: Contemporary for 111 years
Composer Edward MacDowell and pianist Marian MacDowell, his wife, founded The MacDowell Colony in 1907 to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which to produce enduring works of the imagination. Each year, MacDowell welcomes more than 300 architects, composers, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, theatre artists, visual artists, and writers from across the United States and around the globe. More than 14,500 residencies have been awarded in 111 years. Recipients have included Roundabout Alumni Joshua Harmon and Stephen Karam, but also Ayad Akhtar, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ellen Driscoll, Louise Erdrich, Osvaldo Golijov, Cathy Park Hong, Dee Rees, Colson Whitehead, and Julia Wolfe. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is the chairman of MacDowell’s board of directors.