Graffiti & Ornament

The Woodlands | 4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 31 — April 28, 2019 | Opening: Sunday, March 31st, 1-4 pm
Exhibition Hours: Weds - Thurs: 11 am — 4 pm | Fri - Sun: 1 pm — 6 pm

Past Present Projects presents Graffiti & Ornament at The Woodlands in West Philadelphia. The exhibition brings the work of artists Roberto Lugo and Leo Tecosky into the historic Hamilton Mansion. Bridging past histories of Philadelphia with the present, the site-specific exhibition connects The Woodlands’ historic mansion and cemetery to these two contemporary artists who embrace graffiti and hip-hop culture within their artistic practice.

In Graffiti & Ornament, the site-specific work of Lugo and Tecosky sheds new light on the historic interior of the Hamilton Mansion at The Woodlands, connecting Philadelphia’s past to its present in unexpected ways. The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Essner.


Graffiti & Ornament is generously funded by the Knight Foundation with additional support provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. In-kind sponsorship has been provided by Baldwin Fine Art & Residential and Justin Long.

The Knight Foundation Supports Graffiti & Ornament


Related Programs:

Opening Celebration | Sunday, March 31st from 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Free and open to the public

Lecture: Historical Graffiti with Michael Emmons | Saturday, April 6th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm | GET TICKETS

Family Program: Make Art with the Claymobile | Saturday, April 13th from 11:00am - 2:00pm | Free and open to the public

Exhibition Tour | Saturday, April 27th at 1:00pm | Free, part of West Craft Fest

Closing Celebration | Sunday, April 28th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Free and open to the public


The Woodlands, a 54-acre undulating landscape which is at once a one-of-a-kind 18th-century English pleasure garden, 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern green oasis for its neighbors in bustling University City and West Philadelphia. Designated a National Historic Landmark District and actively used today, the cemetery, mansion, landscape, and programs are an educational resource meant to enrich the lives of area residents and visitors by serving as a hub for activities and educational programs that interpret, celebrate and make available to the public The Woodlands’ historic buildings and tranquil green space.