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Skowmon Hastanan


Skowmon Hastanan was born in Thailand and has lived and worked in NYC since 1973. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and has exhibited at various venues including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, and the Brooklyn Museum. Hastanan has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy, 2010), the Urban Artist Initiative (NYC, 2008), and the Lambent Fellowships in the Arts at The Tides Foundation (2007), as well as local grants from BRIC/Brooklyn Arts & Media (2000) and BRIO/The Bronx Council on the Arts (2011). She co-organized exhibitions for Godzilla, an Asian American Artist Network, including The Curio Shop at Artist’s Space 1992, and Urban Encounter at The New Museum 1998. Hastanan has participated in art education workshops at Bard Graduate Center, and recently served as a visiting artist and mentor to high school seniors at Dream Yard Out of School Program/The Bronx Art Collective. Her works has been written about in Art In America, Bangkok Post, The Nation (Thailand), The New York Times, New York Newsday, and in academic publications from the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, Fordham University Press, and San Francisco State University. Her works are included in collections of Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, and private collections.

BORNEO ODYSSEY is an experimental performance with audience interaction based on the 1896 – 1898 Penn Museum expeditions to northern Borneo made by Furness, Harrison and Hiller. The Museum Archives collections are reinterpreted into performance with a talking orangutan, recounting tales of discovery.

This performance was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided by PECO. This program is administered regionally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.


PANEL: Opening the Archive II
TITLE: BORNEO ODYSSEY — A Performance using Magic Lantern Slides from the Penn Museum’s Collection." Presented in conjunction with the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.
TIME: Saturday, September 13, 3:00 – 4:00pm