The art world needs a grapevine. We provide one each week in our news roundups.
We curate the news each week to reveal the best of what’s going on in Philadelphia. We find the latest job/exhibition/funding opportunities and important tidbits about Philadelphia art and artists and keep you up to date with what’s cooking.
We are all looking for conversations that move the discussion forward. There are some good ones coming up that you might want to partake of. And, strengthening our local art scene is more important than ever. Reduced funding for the arts is coming. The new climate of intolerance may quash advances in diversity and experimentation in the arts. Small institutions are more at risk since they live at the margin of the larger art world. At this “giving” time of year, make a donation to your favorite small arts institution or group.Read More
Dear folks, this week we will have light postings on Artblog since we are all feeling the need to refresh and regroup and take a break with friends and family. Meanwhile, enjoy all the posts you missed, including the 12 wonderful articles by the New Art Writing Challenge finalists and prize winners. Have a restful and love-filled Thanksgiving, and we will be back to our energetic posting pace next Monday. PS If you are in the giving mood, please make a donation to Artblog, your favorite little blog for arts coverage. We can’t do this without you, and thank you for your support!Read More
Wharton student, Charles Li, got in touch to let us know he and nine other Wharton students in a undergrad management class had organized an art exhibit and silent auction for CareLink Community Support Services, to raise awareness of behavioral health issues and to support the clients CareLink serves. CareLink provides services and support to independently-living adults with disabilities in the Greater Philadelphia Area.Read More
In big news today, we can all go out and VOTE and bring to an end the national nightmare of the 2016 election. I collect campaign buttons and other types of buttons. I forget where I got these two (below images) but whoever made them thank you! They messages echo my thinking right now. Vote, and let’s get started on the healing.Read More
JOG turns Ten – Congratulations! James Oliver Gallery (JOG) is celebrating their 10th Anniversary! Their celebratory exhibit, JOG10 (up to Nov. 19) features gallery favorites Thomas Paul Raggio, John Wind, Cheryl Harper, Nadine Rovner, Steven Mogck, Dennis Daly, Steven Earl Weber and Mathew Davis, as well as new folks they will be working with: Emily White, and Ira Upin.
Others they will be working with in future are papercuts artist Rosa Leff, featured in Evan Laudenslager’s write-up, Michael Grimaldi, and Kevin Bourgois.
Friend of Artblog and teacher of our Artist and Social Responsibility Project class, Theresa Rose has a wonderful community project she’s curated. 9th Street Stock Exchange, with a title punning on the financial markets, is a collaboration (not competition) between merchants in the Italian Market. Get a ticket for a guided walking tour of the project, only ($5) here.Read More
One of the best-kept secrets of Philadelphia-area art is the annual Art Ability Exhibit, a juried show with more than $7000 in prizes! A project of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, this year is the 21st iteration of the exhibition. (An aside, I was a juror in 2015, along with Anthony Vega and Deirdre Murphy. It was such a great experience to see all the work by the artists!).Read More
Via Amy Lipton, Independent Curator (formerly at Abington Art Center)…Amy and her sister, Jane Lipton, are bringing Performance Art Warrior Karen Finley, to Venice Island Performing Arts Center, Manyunk, for a one-night-only performance, “Unicorn Gratitude Mystery, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7:30 PM. The piece is one woman’s inflamed look at the 2016 Presidential election and candidates.Read More
Bittersweet news – Bree Pickering, Executive Director of Vox Populi Gallery, is leaving Philadelphia for a wonderful job back in her home country, Australia, to take on the Directorship of MAMA, Murray Art Museum Albury, New South Wales.Read More
You’re probably familiar with bus wrappings, those advertisements printed on plastic then seemingly shrink-wrapped to the exterior of SEPTA buses. With the same materials and techniques — but with a totally different aim — neighborhood beautification, not advertising — the UArts Brown Box project has shrink-wrapped 30+ utility boxes in the Washington Square West neighborhood in a project that is three-years old and has been heartily embraced by the Neighborhood Association and the neighbors, some of whom have even contributed to the cost of the project.Read More
We’re Number 38!!! For what it’s worth, Artblog made it into the top 50 on this list of art blogs. We’re in good company, even though it’s unclear why we are 38th (and not in the top 10, say). I’m sure there’s an algorithm.Read More
I was talking with Gee Wesley (podcast coming up soon) and he mentioned that his new experimental bookstore project Ulises is doing a pop up at Reading Terminal this Friday! Catch them on the 1100 block of Filbert St. between 10AM – 5PM.Read More
Carla Hayden, who has led the Baltimore library system since 1993, will be the first woman and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress since its establishment in 1800. The Library serves as the de facto national library of the United States and is open to anyone over the age of 16 who obtains a reader card.Read More
Penn Humanities Forum each year has surprising and wonderful topics that they plan their program of lectures, movies and events around. This year’s theme is Translation, broadly construed.
Here’s the website that explains the topic. And here’s the lineup of events.
In conjunction with the Penn Humanities events, writer, activist, artist, environmentalist, walker, thought leader Rebecca Solnit gives the Keynote Address for the two-day conference, “An Ectopian Toolkit for the Anthropocene,” April 13-15, 2017.Read More