An exciting presentation of works by British artist Tacita Dean is coming to the region this month, to continue throughout the spring. To start with, Arcadia University Art Gallery is hosting Dean’s film JG, inspired by Dean’s correspondence with British author J. G. Ballard. This work employs the same technique seen in FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, and uses Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. The exhibition commences with a lecture by Dean, organized by Gallery Director Richard Torchia, in the Commons Great Room on February 7 at 6:30 PM. Additional events at Arcadia continue through April 21, including a lecture on April 10 by V. Vale, the publisher of RE/Search editions and the author of the seminal 1984 monograph on Ballard; see Arcadia’s website for full details. The exhibition is presented simultaneously with a Ballard-themed film series at International House, beginning on Tuesday, February 5 at 7pm, with remarks by Dean; a staging of her 2008 installation Merce Cunningham Performs STILLNESS, consisting of six performances and six films at the Fabric Workshop and Museum from February 2 through March 17, 2013; and an exhibition of Fatigues, her large-scale blackboard drawing created for Documenta 13, at Marian Goodman Gallery from February 1 to March 9.
If you hear hoofbeats in Grand Central Terminal from March 25-31, don’t think zebras….it’s just Nick Cave’s new installation and performance piece. HEARD•NY, the musician and Alvin Ailey-trained dancer’s first public art project in New York, involves thirty colorful “horses” (sixty dancers in horse costumes, naturally) “grazing” in the terminal, with choreographed movement accompanied by live music by two harpists at intervals. The performances are part of a series of events celebrating the centennial of Grand Central Terminal, presented by Creative Time (who are putting out more information about this event as it develops) and MTA Arts for Transit.
Philly Photo Day 2012 books are now available! You can buy it from Blurb and have your favorite memories of the event on hand. And if you’re planning a trip through the Philadelphia Airport anytime soon, you’ll be able to see a selection of about 176 photos from the project on display in Terminal C. However, you’ll still see photos if you take SEPTA anywhere – additional photos can be seen on SEPTA buses and billboards for further project awareness.
Artangel and BBC Radio 4 have launched a new Open for artists, welcoming proposals from artists working in any media anywhere in the UK. Artangel Open calls have led to some of the most iconic projects of the past decade, and their merger with BBC Radio 4 is a pretty exceptional departure. Five artists including Christian Marclay and Susan Hiller are participating in Open Air, a series of short pieces scheduled for broadcast immediately after Radio 4’s Today programme from 25–29 March 2013. The closing date for 2013 Open submissions is Monday 29 April. Shortlisted artists have the opportunity to meet and develop their proposals with a number of Open Mentors, including figures such as Andrea Arnold, Felix Barrett and Tacita Dean. In June the first Open commissions are chosen by a selection panel including James Lingwood and Michael Morris, Tony Phillips, Arts Commissioning Editor at Radio 4, Clio Barnard and Roger Hiorns. Winners are announced the same month and presented between 2014 and 2015.
The Philly spring tradition of the Art Star Craft Bazaar is once again accepting applications from artists & crafters of handmade, original work to set up on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. All mediums are welcome. Each participant receives a 10’ x 10’ space for their wares, with tables, chairs, tents & parking passes available to rent/purchase; participants are required to bring everything else that is needed for set up and display. Up to two artists can share one 10’ x 10’ space, but must apply separately (you can indicate on your application who you’d like to share a space with if they are also accepted. If they are not accepted, we will offer you your own 10 x 10 space. The Bazaar, as in previous years, is set for Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, from 11-6pm at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and it’s rain or shine. There is a non-refundable application fee: $15. Vendor Fee: $350. All applicants must pay the application fee to apply and are notified of acceptance by March 8. Upon acceptance, artists have from March 8– 15 to pay the $350 vendor fee. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 5 at midnight. Please include the URL of your website or Etsy page in the application. If you do not have a website, you may send 3-5 digital images to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since all communications about the Bazaar are via email, check your inbox and spam folder regularly! Visit their site for additional application details.
Just a reminder that the proposal deadline for Philly Stake’s next event (February 17) is upon us. Submissions are due by noon on Sunday, February 3. Incomplete applications or applications turned in after this time are frowned upon, so be sure to read the guidelines thoroughly.
Recent UPenn MFA Jacolby Satterwhite got a terrific thumbnail review in the front of the New Yorker (issue of Jan. 28) for his out-there digital video solo show “The Matriarch’s Rhapsody” at Rowe Gallery in Chelsea.
The Photo Review’s Stephen Perloff is in an exhibition with three other fine photographers at The State Theatre in Easton, PA, through March 31, with an artists’ discussion (and portfolio sharing) on February 10. Along with this on Wednesday, February 13, he has a speaking engagement about his work and career at the Princeton Photography Club from 7:30-9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, February 19 from 1-2 p.m., he’s lecturing on photomontage at the Michener Museum in conjunction with the Jerry Uelsmann retrospective, in which he has two images “Parting Gifts” through February 4 and “Making Magic” through March 31. Busy man, Stephen.
Josette Urso’s exhibition “Snow Day” opens at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York on February 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, and continues until March 9, 2013.