Stephen Colbert’s taken the leap into the world of children’s books, with his latest, I am a Pole (And So Can You!) a natural choice for introducing young ones to his humor. He’s donated working materials from this book to the Rosenbach Museum, covered in a segment on The Colbert Show. On behalf of Philly and its kids – thanks, Stephen!
Woody Allen’s Paris is coming to Rittenhouse for a night, courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. The GPTMC is having a free screening of “Midnight in Paris” on Saturday, August 11 at 8:30 p.m. The pre-movie program begins at 8:00 p.m. The screen is on the 18th Street side of the park at Locust Street. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is getting in on the action with a pop-up garden across the street. There’s a culinary reward, too: the Shake Shack is going to be at the pop-up garden giving out free custard from 7-9p.m., joined by Rouge restaurant selling popcorn, hot dogs and lemonade from a sidewalk stand on 18th Street. Don’t miss this chance to feel like you’re on the Champs d’Elysees for a night!
Steve Powers, artist and graffiti writer extraordinaire (and one-time Philadelphia Anti-Grafitti Network muralist) is having his first solo art exhibit in Chelsea this September. Stephen Powers: A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures” opens September 6 with a reception from 6-9 PM, and runs until September 29 at the Joshua Liner Gallery.
Two from London – The Victoria and Albert Museum has managed to track down a blast from the past! John Travolta’s long lost disco suit from Saturday Night Fever, which has finally been found by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Senior Guest Curator and enthusiast for iconic movie costumes. It’s on display in London in the V&A’s upcoming exhibition, Hollywood Costume, opening October 20 and closing on January 27, 2013. Speaking of lost and found, Tate is getting ready to present The Gallery of Lost Art. Until July 1, 2013, this exhibition is telling the stories of disappeared, stolen or rejected artworks that they’ve hunted down.
Podcast lover and book lover? Miss Walter Isaacson’s talk on Steve Jobs? Hear it online via the free podcast! The Free Library ‘s offering podcasts on their site, allowing everyone access to their author talks.
We’re excited to see that Arts & Labor, a working group from Occupy Wall Street, is alive, well and active. And they have a newsletter! Their first issue covers a number of topics and events. Aside from helpful info about their events, discussions and OWS news, you can get a free “art worker” button by emailing email@example.com with your address.
Flying Kite’s Bonnie McAllister interviewed Amy Sadao, and got the inside scoop on the new Institute of Contemporary Art director, her love for Philly, and her hopes for the ICA.
Sad news, in case you missed it – Robert Hughes, a luminary of history and a staunch critic of 20th-century art, has died at age 74. This Australian writer leaves behind seminal work, including “The Shock of the New,” a book and TV series on contemporary art. The LA Times has published an obituary.
via Leeway – International Artists Residencies are open for applications. This year, the December 2012-January 2013 session is located in Budapest. The deadline is August 11.
James Oliver Gallery has announced its call for artists to enter “Art Nude,” a show benefiting breast cancer research this October. They’re seeking paintings, photography print/projects, drawings, jewelry, wood carvings and three space installations. All the submissions need to be small to medium sized, to conserve space in the gallery. The deadline is August 31.
Projects Gallery, in conjunction with Brandywine Workshop, has put out a call for printmaking artists due Aug 20, to be reveiwed by an expert jury. The exhibition dates are October 5-27,
The American Academy in Rome presents the Rome Prize, an annual award for thirty emerging artists and scholars; applications are due Nov. 15. Each Rome Prize winner is provided with a stipend, meals, a bedroom with private bath, and a study or studio. Winners of six-month and eleven-month fellowships receive stipends of $14,000 and $26,000, respectively. There’s an application fee of $30 for one application, and $40 for two or more applications. The annual deadline for applications is November 1.
via Wooloo – For people who like to mix collaboration with vacation destinations, the Pedra Sina Residence is opening for entrants on September 15. Four to seven artists get to kick back and make beautiful things together for two to four weeks at a villa in Madeira Island. The deadline is October 2.
Two in NYC – 1. Field Projects has its second annual open call exhibition in December. Emerging and mid-career artists are invited to submit their work for consideration. Submissions are also considered for their upcoming exhibition calendar and Top Ten online exhibition. 2. The 2012 curatorial open call at Allegra LaViola Gallery has begun, with an invitation for curators and artists to submit exhibition proposals for a 4-6 week show in their Project Space during the fall. Apply by August 30.
The Nathan Cummings Foundation is offering a unique Fellowship, in which three visionaries receive $100,000 each for one year to work on social or economic objectives over the course of a year at the NCF office space. The NCF’s initiatives typically runs the gamut across disciplines, so big thinkers are especially welcome. The deadline is September 14; fellowship guidelines and other info are found on their site.
Want to see your feline companion immortalized in the hallowed halls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art? Send a pic of your cat (or friend’s, or mom’s, or so on and so forth) to Candy Coated for inclusion in the wallpaper for a PMA show in 2013. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1.
A troupe of Philly-raised artists – Tim Gough, James Ulmer, and Keith Warren Greiman – are all in a show together at The Grass Hut Gallery in Portland OR.”The Sweet Science” opened Thursday August 2. Check out the gallery’s blog – the show’s a ton of fun and so is the space.
Via Leeway – A documentary called BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, by Barbara Attie & Janet Goldwater, has won funding from the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. Their film honors Philadelphia’s 77-year-old poet laureate, and was one of only eleven winners. Well done, Barbara and Janet!
Maria Teresa Rodriguez and Evan Solot have both been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants. Rodriguez (a 2007 Leeway transformation winner and UArts alumna) won a Fulbright Scholar grant to the Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay, for the fall 2012 semester to work with the community-based media collective Arbol, conduct a short lecture series and serve as a documentary consultant for a national research project on Uruguayan cinema. UArts Music Composition head and alumnus Evan Solot received a Fulbright Specialists Program award for a project in Sri Lanka, to assist with that country’s first international music festival. Congratulations, Scholars!
Chris Davison has got quite a full agenda this summer, with a bunch of shows out of town. His show CTRL+P runs June 22nd – Sept 16, 2012 at the AAC, Arlington Va. Visionary Works On Paper can be seen Aug. 27 – Sep. 7, 2012 at the West Gallery, Purdue Univ. Where My Cones At? is up July 27th – Aug 25th at Double Break, San Diego. And Against The Grain, a one night charity auction at his gallery, Mark Moore of LA, takes place Saturday August 25.