Alternative Currencies
KCHUNG, The Luminary, Possible Press, and Threewalls
October 2nd – November 21st 2015

about the project

During October of 2015, Vox Populi was pleased to host four alternative arts organizations: Threewalls (Chicago), Possible Press (Atlanta), The Luminary (St. Louis), and KCHUNG (Los Angeles). Vox Populi dedicated its entire exhibition space to the work of these four organizations in October as part of the Philadelphia-wide project Alternative Currencies, which gathered independent contemporary arts groups from around the country to share their innovative modes of working. In Fourth Wall, across October and November, Vox will present screenings selected by Eduardo Thomas in association with Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000, on view at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design.

Across the city, Grizzly Grizzly presented INCA (Detroit/Seattle), Mount Airy Contemporary presented The Suburban (Oak Park/Milwaukee), Rebekah Templeton presented PLUG Projects (Kansas City), and Traction Company presented Galería Perdida (Brooklyn/Chilchota, Mexico).

Alternative Currencies was conceived by Grizzly Grizzly Gallery in partnership with The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design for the exhibition Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000, previously on view at The Galleries September 19 – December 12, 2015 and was presented in collaboration with Vox Populi, Mount Airy Contemporary, Rebekah Templeton, Traction Company.





Alternative Currencies: Tactics for Staying Relevant and Radical
Saturday, October 3 // 12-4pm: Reception Following
The Galleries at Moore, 1916 Race St, Philadelphia
Free and Open to the Public

This forum gathers independent contemporary art groups and spaces from around the country in a collective exploration of what it means to be (and stay) “alternative.” Using the vibrant artist-run spaces that flourished in Mexico City during the 1990s as a backdrop, a diverse group of artists and organizations will present their own tactics for staying relevant and radical in 2015.



Major support for Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico City, 1990-2000 at the Galleries at Moore has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Major support for Alternative Currencies is provided by Grizzly Grizzly Gallery, Mount Airy Contemporary, Rebekah Templeton, Traction Company, Vox Populi, INCA, KCHUNG, Threewalls, The Luminary, Possible Press, The Suburban, Plug Projects, Galería Perdida – via their organizational members and generous supporters.

First Fridays at Vox Populi are supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation