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The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is taking art to the streets – and bringing the streets into the museum – as part of a major new exhibition that looks at engaging with public space and the urban experience.More than 50 American and international artists are featured in the exhibition, which not only takes place inside the museum's Roberts Gallery, but also reaches into the streets of Philadelphia itself, via street performances, billboards, posters, themed walks and public participation in the show's social media components.The idea of "flanerie" stems from an 1840 Edgar Allen Poe story called "The Man of the Crowd".The idea of the city observed through flanerie was central to art through the 1940s, until abstract expressionism started looking more inward than outward.
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