Mos(l)ey into the PMA recently?

Then perhaps you saw this:

That would be the work of Joshua Mosley, associate professor of animation and digital media, and PennDesign’s acting chair of fine arts. His video and sculpture installation, International, was exhibited as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Live Cinema: Histories in Motion from June 29-July 25.

International features a discussion of the ideal economic and social order by American builder/philanthropist George Brown and Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek. According to Mosley’s PMA podcast, the project was inspired by people he has met who work in theory-based professions while simultaneously engaging in social policy on the side. “Their ability to collate these two worlds confused me,” he said. “I didn’t know how they would transfer their theoretical life to their actual life. It often seemed like they were two separate ways of functioning in one person.” The installation, he added, explores how these two men relied on logic to resolve that innate conflict.

Previously, Mosley’s work has been exhibited and screened at the 2007 Venice Biennale,  the Museum of Modern Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. To learn more about his work, check out his website:

Did you see International at the PMA? If so, what did you think of it?

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