Partly inspired by Barry Vacker's book, The End of the World — Again, this three-night event explores our endless fascination with the end of the world; co-hosted with The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art. Barry and the Center offer much thanks to Eric Bresler, Director of PhilaMOCA, for his energetic support and tireless work in co-hosting the event and lining up the films and talented musicians.

Location: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

Dates: December 19-21, 2012

Admission Prices: $10 each night.

Refreshments provided by Hendrick's Gin and Philadelphia Brewing Company and Commonwealth Ciders


Yes, it's that time. It's coming on December 21, 2012. It's the end of the world, yet again! 

Is there a better place to await the end of everying than in a mausoleum, albeit one retrofitted as a gallery space for exploring the apocalypse in art, movies, music, and multimedia presentations? The events will provide mind-expanding fun as we explore the end of the world: what it means (if anything) and why it is replicated throughout our culture. 


Wednesday, December 19

6:00  Opening Reception. Art Apoclaypse, curated by Genevieve Gillespie. Click here for the Call for Art.

8:00  Presentation. "Sci-Fi Sublime: Watching Ourselves Be Annihilated in Movies," multimedia presentation followed by Q&A, Barry Vacker.

9:30  Screening. The Day the Earth Stood Still, accompanied by Mano Divina playing the film's famous soundtrack on a theremin. 

Thursday, December 20

7:00  Panel Discussion. "The Meaning of Melancholia: Depression, Doomsday, or Nothing?"

-- Laura Zaylea, award winning experimental filmmaker, Assistant Professor, Temple University

-- Ronnie Landau, MA, LPC; Jungian Psychoanalyst, Past President of the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts

-- Olivia Antsis, Director, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

-- Barry Vacker, Associate Professor, Temple University

9:00  The Last Man on Earth (1964), film screening by We Hate Movies 

Friday, December 21

7:00  Panel Discussion. "The End of the World, Again: Apocalypse in Media, Science, and Culture."

-- Jarice Hanson, Professor, The University of Massachusetts-Amherst

-- Osei Alleyne, the University of Pennsylvania

-- Genevieve Gillespie, Temple University

-- Barry Vacker, Associate Professor, Temple University

9:00  End of the World Party, with music.