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SEI and the Kimmel Center open the SEI Innovation Studio with contemporary artwork

Posted by:  Kimmel Center on November 14, 2013

Photo: Matt Rourke, AP

SEI and the Kimmel Center open the SEI Innovation Studio with contemporary artwork

Visitors to the Kimmel Center will witness a spectacular car crash—in detail and in slow motion. The art installation, “The Slow and Inevitable Death of American Muscle” is a machine that advances two full-sized muscle cars slowly into one another over a period of 90 days, simulating a head-on collision.

The display is taking place right now as part of the opening of the SEI Innovation Studio, a new performing arts venue housed inside the Kimmel Center. It’s part of an ongoing initiative of revolving art work from the West Collection.

Created by Jonathon Schipper, this piece is the first of three public art installations SEI is providing on a temporary loan to the Kimmel Center to enliven its public spaces and attract audiences to its seasonal offerings and resident company programs.

The SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a 200-seat venue created to house jazz and theater residencies during the 2013-14 seasons. Its entrance is a 22-foot tall glass panel structural. Rotating contemporary artwork from the West Collection will be on display in the lobby of the Studio.

Stop by and experience this innovative installation or view it live on the webcam! 

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