“Laying the Foundation” Tour & Talk

Event Details

Event Date

Event Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Event Time

Event Time: 6:00 PM - to 8:00 PM

Event Description

$15/ Adults
Free/ Members


Join us for a Tour and Talk of our exhibition, “Laying the Foundation.” Go behind the scenes of Isaiah Zagar’s five fully-mosaicked sites in South Philadelphia. The sprawling public art environment at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is Isaiah’s most well-known work, but Isaiah and his wife Julia have been transforming properties into total works of art for nearly six decades.

Join Isaiah and Julia Zagar along with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Executive Director Emily Smith as they discuss the histories of these buildings where the Zagars lived, worked, made art, and built their family since 1968. Learn how they created these spaces through never-before-seen archival material, including original photographs, historic documents, and artworks that show each site’s development. The tour and talk will highlight Julia’s folk art store the Eye’s Gallery, the Zagar’s current home, Isaiah’s current studio, a former rental property, and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.