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Andrea Walls: Memes of Consciousness: Where Beauty Intervenes

On View Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, May 7 through September 4, 2021.

Free and open to the public.
Image of a heart shaped locket projected on the facade of Eastern State at night

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and Mural Arts Philadelphia co-commissioned artist Andrea Walls to create a new, digital artist installation to be projected onto the exterior of Eastern State. Working in collaboration with Mural Arts’ Guild Members of the Restorative Justice program and considering empathy as a framework for social change, Walls’ culminating video, titled Memes of Consciousness: Where Beauty Intervenes, was projected onto the dramatic façade of Eastern State Penitentiary during our 2021 season of Night Tours: Summer Twilight.

Two people watch as an abstract image is projected onto Eastern State's facade at nightCoinciding with the 2021 Night Tours schedule, this projection debuted on Friday, May 7, 2021 and was shown on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings through September 4, 2021. Viewers could play the soundtrack from their smartphones and watch from the sidewalk throughout the evening.

photo of Andrea WallsMeet the Artist
Andrea “Philly” Walls is a multidisciplinary artist, informed and inspired by the writers and visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement. She is pleased that her writing, scholarship, and visual art have been supported by organizations she admires, including the Leeway Foundation, VONA/Voices Workshops for Writers of Color; Hedgebrook Residencies for Women Authoring Change; The Colored Girls Museum; Writers Room at Drexel University; The Studio Museum of Harlem; The Women’s Mobile Museum and FabYouth Philly. In addition to The Museum of Black Joy, she is the creator and curator of The D’Archive, author of the poetry chapbook, Ultraviolet Catastrophe (Thread Makes Blanket Press) and the digital web-collection, The Black Body Curve.



PA Tourism LogoMemes of Consciousness: Where Beauty Intervenes was financed in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

2017 American Aliance of Museums Excellence in Exhibitions Overall Winner