Posts By leah koontz

Magic Ladders, 2013

Yinka Shonibare’s Magic Ladders at the Barnes Foundation

[Leah reviews sculptural work by Yinka Shonibare that connects past societal norms to the present, focusing on big ideas like colonialism and perception of gender and disability — the artblog editors] Yinka Shonibare’s Magic Ladders, currently on view at the Barnes Foundation, treads on new territory for the Barnes on the Parkway. For this contemporary art show, the foundation commissioned new works by Shonibare. It’s the first work the Barnes has commissioned since 1932, when it tasked Henri Matisse with making his famous site-specific mural, “The Dance II“. With this new commission, the Barnes seems to be picking up where ... More » »

Meredith Haines played the role of the Beast

“The Off White Beast” at New Boon(e)

[Leah reviews a performance art piece with applications to social issues here in Philadelphia, and beyond. –the artblog editors] After attending the newest event at New Boon(e) gallery, “The Off White Beast: A Story Telling Performance,” I was left pleasantly perplexed and moved. New Boon(e) is an artist collective that explores the need for an artistic community. The space transforms from a working studio space for a group of member-artists into a gallery/exhibition room, and is unified by the need for critical conversation, collaboration, and exposure that extends to the broader art community in Philadelphia. Setting the scene, and the ... More » »

"Gay, Jewish or Both" - A collaborative installation between designer Bernardo Margulis and NAPOLEON founding member Leslie Friedman.

Gay, Jewish or Both

[Leah delves into tropes associated with both the gay and Jewish communities, and examines how a new show challenges expectations. — the artblog editors] When I initially heard about Gay, Jewish, or Both at NAPOLEON, I was very enthusiastic. The subject is a delicate one; however, it is also very contemporary and full of potential for rich discourse. The exhibition is perplexing. On the one hand, I was not sure how I felt, but on the other, I knew that I was being asked to digest some difficult ideas. As a Jew who was raised by a lesbian, I often ... More » »

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Audio Review – anonymous Shiva Linga paintings at the Arcadia University art gallery

(In this 3-minute artblog audio review, Leah Koontz talks about the meditative Shiva Linga paintings from Rajasthan, India currently on display at the Arcadia University Art Gallery. More information on that show can be found here.–the artblog editors)

Kate Speidel's bedroom curated by Justine Kelley

Bait Collective’s First Time, a 5-bedroom installation in their Fishtown house – an artblog audio review

(In this 2-minute artblog audio podcast review, Leah Koontz talks about the new Bait Collective’s show, First Time, in which five outside curators worked with five Bait members to install work in the bedrooms of their Fishtown house at 2216 Cedar St. This was a one-night performance, Nov. 2.  More information on Bait at–the artblog editors) [NOTE OF CORRECTION: The bedroom curator/artist pairings are: Ben Coover/Alien Moon Partnership Elizabeth Loux/Palmer Loux Erin Marmer/Rachel Akerley Kate Speidel/Justine Kelley Sasha Parker/Anna DeCaria Thank you, Ben Coover, for the corrected information–the editor] Leah Koontz is a senior at Moore College of Art ... More » »