For its 23rd year, the Institute of Contemporary Art is combining the annual Day With(out) Art with World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012. This year, Philadelphia HIV/AIDS and LGBQT activist join Penn undergraduate students for a lineup of programs including ribbon-making and film screenings. The Ribbon Bee, held from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at 118 South 36th Street, is accompanied by speakers such as artist-activists Joy Episalla and Carrie Yamaoka (who are also participants in the roundtable discussions accompanying the film screenings). The film screenings take place at the International House from 2-4:30 PM; they are Kiyoshi Kuromiya: A Queer Left and AIDS Activist Inspiration (Dir. Che Gossett, 2012, video, 12 min.) and UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP (Dir. Jim Hubbard, 2012, video, 96 min.) Screenings are introduced by ICA Director, Amy Sadao.
Give the lady some credit for a solid personal brand: Candy Depew has officially changed her name to Candy Coated! She’s inaugurating her new integrated persona with celebrations throughout the month, throwing a proper party in December.
The Art Commission, an online platform that matches artists with commissions, launched its website to the public this week. Bringing over 500 artists together via a Directory of Commission Artists and an extensive database of more than 4,000 images of artwork with over 150 filters, the Commission is perfect for architects, designers, art consultants, and other trade professionals. Visit their site for specific details on how to join or find artists for your needs.
The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts 2013 Annual Juried Exhibition is now open to artists working in all media, addressing the concept of calling someplace home. Awards include a juror’s Grand Prize Award for best in show, with the victor featured in a solo show at GoggleWorks in the Cohen Gallery; also, there are cash prizes for first, second and third place. The judge is the Center For Emerging Visual Artists’ Programming Director and renowned documentary photographer/ethnographer Genevieve Coutroubis. Each artist may submit up to three works for $35. All entries must be postmarked by December 21, 2012; the exhibition runs May 11 — June 23, 2013, with an artists’ reception on First Friday, June 7, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm (if you are big on planning far ahead). Visit the site for more details.
Yis Goodwin, aka NoseGo, has a current show in Houston at Gallery M Squared. NEOPOPSTREETFUNK 4, the fourth year of a group exhibition of original paintings and mixed media, opened on November 16, and is up until December 9, 2012; this is Goodwin’s second year as an exhibitor alongside a number of Houston street art luminaries. The gallery is located at 339 West 19th Street, Houston, TX; visit their site for more info.
Alex Da Corte’s newest, “A Season in He’ll” is now on view in Dublin, Ireland’s Mother’s Tankstation. This video trilogy based on the cult poem by Rimbaud, opened on November 21 and runs until December 22. Visit Mother’s Tankstation for more info.
Joanie Gagnon San Chirico is raising funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As a Toms River resident, she’s witnessed some of the worst damage done and has been inspired to donate 40% of any sales made from her website. In addition, she is posting small works on her blog weekly, and 100% of the proceeds from these go towards local institutions such as The People’s Pantry in Toms River that stocks donated goods.