Homecoming 2021

Homecoming 2021

Schedule of Events


Arts at Homecoming Launch Party: New Visions for Arts and Culture at Penn

Monday, November 1, 12p.m. - 1:15p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Join us for a lively virtual conversation with Penn’s newest arts and culture leaders for a glimpse into what the future holds for Arts and Culture at Penn!

Bill Cullina, F. Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum
Chris Gruits, Executive and Artistic Director, Penn Live Arts / Annenberg Center 
Zoe Ryan, Daniel W. Dietrich II Director, ICA
Chris Woods, Williams Director, Penn Museum

Moderated by John McInerney, Executive Director, Sachs Program for Arts Innovation. Introduction and Welcome by Ann Nolan Reese CW74, President, Penn Alumni

More Tales from the Crypt

Monday, November 1, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Join Penn Dental Medicine’s head of the Dental Library Laurel Graham and Vice Dean Elizabeth Ketterlinus for another deep dive into the fabulous Evans art collection, rare book holdings as well as new curious tales from one of the nation’s oldest colleges of dentistry.

Sculpture Tour

Monday, November 1, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Please join Lynn Smith Dolby, Collections Manager and Registrar of the Penn Art Collection on a virtual tour of campus sculptures that are “off the beaten path” including Andrea Blum’s Plateau and Costantino Nivola’s Family of Man. 

Architecture Tour: New Buildings

Tuesday, November 2, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Join Penn’s Architect, Mark Kocent, C'82, GCP'91, GFA'91, for a virtual tour of Penn’s newest buildings.

Recreating an Egyptian Palace Throne Room

Wednesday, November 3, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

With one of the largest collections of Egyptian and Nubian material in the United States, the Penn Museum has the exciting opportunity to revisit the collection and design new galleries to showcase the contributions and ingenuity of ancient Egyptian culture. Join us for a deep dive into the research, conservation, and unique problem-solving involved in reconstructing the monumental pieces of the Palace Throne Room, an impactful feature of the new galleries. 

Curator's Tour of Penn's Architectural Treasures

Wednesday, November 3, 4p.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

More information to be posted shortly.

Around the Globe with Penn Libraries

Thursday, November 4, 12p.m. - 1p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Join the bibliographers at Penn Libraries as they take attendees around the globe and provide a glimpse of different cultures through the lens of civic engagement. This event will be making virtual stops at three separate countries and attendees are encouraged to interact and ask questions along the way!

Gallery Hop

Friday, November 5, 12p.m. - 1:15p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

The annual Hop will be virtual this year but we will still look at fascinating art and objects from four of Penn's galleries! We will start with the Arthur Ross Gallery and tour God Complex: Different Philadelphia. With a grant from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation, the Office of the Curator invited Roberto Lugo, a Philadelphia artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator, to curate an exhibition drawn from the Penn Art Collection. Working virtually on the project during the pandemic, Lugo’s own works are installed in dialogue with Penn’s portrait collection.

Then we will shift to the Architectural Archives for a behind the scenes look at the making of Richard Saul Wurman and Eugene Feldman’s 1962 book The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn.

Our penultimate stop will be Penn Libraries, where guests can take a closer look at some recently acquired comic books, one of them being the first issue of All Negro Comics, the first known comics magazine written and drawn solely by African-American writers and artists.

And finally, we will end at the Institute of Contemporary Art where we will hear about Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation, the first major retrospective on the work of groundbreaking video/performance artist Ulysses Jenkins, a pioneering video artist whose work interrogates race and gender as they relate to ritual, history, and the power of the state.

Featuring: Arthur Ross Gallery: Lynn Marsden-Atlass, Executive Director and University Curator; Architectural Archives: William Whitaker, Barton and Victoria Myers Director of the Architectural Archives; ICA: Meg Onli, Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator. Moderated by Sara Stewart, Assistant Director Development & Marketing, Arthur Ross Gallery

Fine Arts Alumni Panel in the new Arts Lounge at the Annenberg Center (IN PERSON)

Friday, November 5, 4p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Annenberg Center (Main Lobby)

In September, the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and Penn Live Arts at the Annenberg Center opened the inaugural exhibition in the Annenberg Center’s new Arts Lounge, a hub for the creative community at Penn and part of a $2M renovation of the Annenberg Center’s public spaces made possible by a generous gift from alumni Keith and Kathy Sachs. Martha Rich: It goes by fast presents new works by the artist and Weitzman School of Design Alum Martha Rich (MFA ‘11).

To celebrate this exhibition, and the opening of the Arts Lounge, the Weitzman School of Design and The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation will host an Alumni Panel with Martha Rich and other MFA Alumni, moderated by Chloe Reison (MFA ‘12), Associate Director of the Sachs Program, on Friday, November 5 from 4-6 pm. The conversation will take place in the Arts Lounge, with Martha’s work serving as the backdrop and as a focal point for the conversation.

86th Annual Alumni Award of Merit

Friday, November 5, 7p.m. - 8p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

The Alumni Award of Merit Gala, sponsored by Penn Alumni, celebrates Penn's most passionate and dedicated alumni volunteers. The Gala provides us with a chance to recognize alumni on their accomplishments and contributions to the University. Please join us online November 5, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET for a virtual celebration of the Alumni Award of Merit recipients.

Penn Admissions: Dean's Welcome

Saturday, November 6, 9a.m. - 10a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

More information to be posted shortly.

Penn Admissions: Dean's Welcome (IN PERSON)

Saturday, November 6, 9a.m. - 10a.m. EDT | TBD

More information to be posted shortly.

Deconstructing the Meaning of Simone Leigh’s "Brick House"

Saturday, November 6, 11a.m. - 11:50a.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Learn about the new sculpture on College Green - Simone Leigh’s Brick House with a panel discussion moderated by Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw with Lynn Marsden-Atlas, Zoe Ryan, Joey” Magliocco, C’87, PAR’21, PAR’22 (ICA Board member and professional art adviser who gave a Zoom lecture on Simone Leigh to ICA Advisers), and the donor Glenn Fuhrman, W’87, WG’88

Pre-Game Grab & Go (IN PERSON)

Saturday, November 6, 11:30a.m. - 1p.m. EDT | College Green

Coming back to watch the Penn Football take on the Cornell at Franklin Field? Stop by College Green for a boxed lunch before you head to the game. Cost: $15.

Dedication Ceremony for Simone Leigh’s Brick House Sculpture (IN PERSON)

Saturday, November 6, 12p.m. - 12:15p.m. EDT | 34th & Walnut Street

Join us for the formal dedication of this amazing new sculpture with remarks from University leaders and the sculpture donor. Take a picture and print it out on site too!

Museum Voyagers: Destination Egypt! (IN PERSON)

Saturday, November 6, 1p.m. - 2p.m. EDT | Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium

Join the crew for a journey to Egypt from the comfort of a chair! Examine art of the pharaohs to decipher their ancient codes of communication. Discover what mummified Egyptians don’t take with them to the afterlife. Hear an ancient story that explains why the bodies are wrapped. Your fellow voyagers will help you explore along the way!

Penn First Plus Alumni Artist Feature

Saturday, November 6, 4p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

You are cordially invited to our virtual Homecoming Open House showcasing the Penn First Plus Center, where we will also unveil works of art by alumni and students that will grace the walls of this new campus space.

About the Penn First Plus Center: With students at the heart of the design, the Penn First Plus office suite houses space for lounging, gathering, studying, and seeking out resources. As we welcome the Penn community back to campus, we look forward to having you visit this reimagined space – a home base for community members who are the first in their families to pursue a 4-year degree in the United States and students whose communities of origin have modest financial resources. If you would like to submit your artwork for consideration, please contact Lisette J. Garza at garzali@upenn.edu.

Penn Engineering Town Hall

Saturday, November 6, 5p.m. - 6p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Please join Nemirovsky Family Dean and Professor Vijay Kumar for a State of the School update including highlights of cutting-edge research and innovation at Penn Engineering. Dean Kumar will share how faculty, staff, and students are working creatively to address today’s challenges and he will provide a sneak peek into the future of Penn Engineering.

Morris Arboretum Welcomes Penn Alumni and their Families! (IN PERSON)

Sunday, November 7, 10a.m. - 5p.m. EDT | Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum, a historic public garden and educational institution located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, invites Penn alumni and their families to enjoy a complimentary visit during regular admission hours on Sunday, November 7, 2021. 

Learn more about planning for your Morris Arboretum visit: http://morrisarboretum.org/visit_hours.shtml

What About Water Jeopardy

Sunday, November 7, 11a.m. - 12p.m. EDT | Virtual Program

Virtual Homecoming Farewell Brunch Featuring What About Water Jeopardy Game.  Contestants will be from the water industry.