Off To A Good Start
So, we won’t have to resort to re-enacting The Gross Clinic, after all. That’s how Eakins’ students consoled and humored the artist after his masterpiece was diverted from display among the American art at Philadelphia’s World’s Fair in 1876.
What role did The Sixth Square play in framing issues and introducing context during those 40 days when The Gross Clinic’s future hung in the balance? We’d like to think the last 27 posts, 54 comments and more than 5,500 visits helped fuel the public conversation. We’d like to think of this as Citizen Culture. And as the “Eakins Countdown” comes to a close, the The Sixth Square gears up to continue with other themes, ideas and issues, all cultural, all civic — and all Philadelphia.
Who and what is The Sixth Square, anyway? Today we finally post an “About” tab, so you can see who we are. And the reason for the blog’s alliterative name? We think it is kind of obvious in a city originally designed with five squares, and a far better name than “Discourse-Based Epistemology.”
The Sixth Square is intended as a shared place about a city with a powerful sense of place and a dynamic and increasingly meaningful arts and culture community.
Stay tuned in weeks to come.