Dan Rose was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1940. In 1973, he received a PhD in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dan’s dissertation was supported by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Urban Ethnography and resulted in a book entitled Black American Street Life: South Philadelphia: 1969-1971, a narrative of public life in an American city in the years just after Martin Luther King’s assassination.
Rose joined the faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. In addition to his teaching, he consulted to State Farm Mutual Insurance Companies, re-designed automobiles, and began developing artist books.
In the 1990s, he created well over a hundred one-of-a-kind artist books distributed by ICA and Serpentine Galleries in the UK and Printed Matter in New York City. In 2016 his entire artist book archive was gifted to the Kislak Center for Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania at the completion of his solo show there, Arbitrary Pleasures.
In 2009 Rose began experimenting in his studio with how people visualize in two and three dimensional distorted visual fields. He has used pictures, primarily of the faces of fashion models, celebrities, and political figures. In collaboration with r3c3, he furthered experimentation in making 3D pictures from her 2D photographs utilizing the images that she took. They frequently exhibited their work in Philadelphia.
His artist book, Drawings, a compilation of work spanning decades was published in 2018 and received in Philadelphia a Judges Choice Award from AIGA, the professional design association. Concentrating on just the human face he published an artist book, Faces, in 2020 compiled of recent paintings and drawings.
r3c3 is an artist visiting from a parallel universe.
Melissa Grey & David Morneau launched their collaboration in 2016. They create sound in performance, crafting moments of sonic ecstasy before exploding them into a trillion sparkling shards of shimmering sounds that swirl in a paradox of energized stasis. Together they are developing an inscrutable and immersive creative process, which includes ancient and algorithmic sound practices. They embrace uncertainty, using structured improvisations, constrained processes, and found poetry to compose for an unknown future. They design projects that expand in endless variation to collaborate with musicians, video artists, designers, and creative technologists with Greyʼs benjolin synthesizer and Morneauʼs trombone at the center. Grey & Morneau are based in Manhattan.
Robert Kirkbride is Dean of Parsons School of Constructed Environments, and Professor of Architecture and Product Design at Parsons School of Design, The New School, where he received the University Distinguished Teaching Award and established the Giuseppe Zambonini Archive. Dr. Kirkbride is a scholar-practitioner whose work centers on memory, identity and the constructed environment. Robert directs the architectural design atelier, studio ‘patafisico, and is also Spokesperson and a founding Trustee for PreservationWorks, a national non-profit organization promoting the preservation and adaptive reuse of Kirkbride Plan Hospitals. In addition to residential projects, installations, and furniture, Dr. Kirkbride designed the Morbid Anatomy Museum with Anthony Cohn, and he authored the award-winning multimedia online book Architecture and Memory, which reconstructs the educational and rhetorical uses of two memory chambers from the Italian Renaissance.