The New York Times: Four Rewarding Shows in Philadelphia

Christopher Knowles performance

Christopher Knowles, The Sundance Kid is Beautiful, 2013. Photo: Julian Mommert.

Ken Johnson of The New York Times highlights four shows not to miss in Philadelphia, including Christopher Knowles: In a Word at the Institute of contemporary art.

A poet, visual artist and performance artist who lives in New York, Christopher Knowles (born 1959) produces works in many different mediums that revolve principally around language, to which he relates in an unusually concrete way. Mr. Knowles, who has autism, brings to his projects an idiosyncratic, impressively versatile and infectiously playful sensibility and an evidently unstoppable creative drive.

To experience this inspiring show of more than 100 works (organized by the writer Hilton Als and Anthony Elms, the institute’s chief curator) is to take a mental trip into a refreshingly foreign mode of consciousness. It might rewire your brain.

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