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From the vault: Ingrid Schaffner, next Carnegie International Curator!

[Congratulations, Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s amazing Senior Curator, who was selected to curate the 2018-19 Carnegie International!  Read more about that here.  And in this 2011 From the Vault podcast (which includes an audio slide show–scroll down!) hear Ingrid on her many and excellent projects, and how she loves to work with artists.] NOTE: This podcast was originally published on Artblog on September 5, 2011 Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s Senior Curator, has been with the Institute of Contemporary Art for ten years, and in that time she’s created many great exhibitions. Schaffner has a an easy smile, a ready laugh, and an interest in ... More » »

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Activism, Evangelism, Art – Panel at Slought wows ‘em!

[Here’s a brief update on our Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) project.] More than 100 people turned out Monday night at Slought to hear internationally-acclaimed artists Pepon Osorio (left) and Ken Lum (second from right) speak with ICA Director Amy Sadao and Slought’s Aaron Levy (right) about art, community, trust, responsibility, institutions, history, the public and lots more. Best Conversation Ever – With your help we can Do It Again! It was an intense, passionate and intellectual conversation, punctuated with humor and light moments, like when Aaron asked a question regarding “trust,” and Ken piped up with “I don’t trust the ... More » »

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Live Comments – Bridgette Mayer on Eileen Neff’s new Costa Rican works

[This episode of Live Comments features Bridgette Mayer talking about the show currently at her gallery by Eileen Neff.] Eileen Neff’s 3-week residency in Costa Rica produced some lush images of animals, plants and birds dealt with in Neff’s anthropomorphic way. Listen to the brief (5 minutes) audio of gallerist Bridgette Mayer talking about the works, then go have a conversation with the standing and seated leaves, and the horse, whose gaze is captivating. Perfect show to transport you to another climate, when you really need it. The show is up to April 18.  Here’s a link to the gallery website.

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Live Comments – Frank Bramblett’s No Intention at Woodmere

[In this Live Comments, we hear about Frank Bramblett and his retrospective at Woodmere Art Museum.] What engages Frank Bramblett is the inner life of a painting, often built upon secrets that only the artist knows. Frank, who has a deep inner dialog with his works, has shared his art secrets with few — until now.  In our 2012 podcast with Frank, he revealed that when he spoke about art — like at student critiques, to which Libby and I were witness when we co-taught with him at Tyler — he was channeling his imaginary friend, Graham.  All we know is that Graham/Frank is ... More » »

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UPDATE on Artblog’s Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) – Meet the teacher!

The ASR class is a success! We are doing it! But we need your help to keep this project operational for the rest of the year and beyond. Our Indiegogo appeal is one week old!  Thanks to our supporters, we are almost 20% of the way to our goal!  If you care about this project — which unites Philadelphia youth from all over the city to study art and its social impacts and responsibilities — please join our campaign! Click here to see a great video about ASR and to make a contribution. Thank You! Drumroll Please – Introducing the ASR Instructor, Theresa Rose Thompson! Theresa is a ... More » »

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Live Comments – First Friday March 6, 2015, at the Vox building

It was light traffic inside the Vox building when I got there before the show-opening time of 6PM.  But by  7:30 there was the usual jam up of bodies on the second floor with the 5 little galleries with big aspirations (Grizzly Grizzly, Marginal Utility, Practice, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Napoleon) acting as hot spots for conversation and looking. I talked with several people — artists, curators, a student — on this short (2 and a half minute) episode of Live Comments: 1.  Bree Pickering, Vox Populi‘s Executive Director.  Bree speaks about the member-curated guest shows this month. My thumbnail on the ... More » »

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New video introduces the Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) students, teacher and class!

Please meet our students! Bahsir, Kelly, Gabrielle, Johne, Jazmin, Noreen, Isaiah, Veronica, Aileen, Lydia! And see more about this exciting project that Knight helped us start (Thank you Knight Foundation!) Contribute to the support of the ASR Project – Donate at Artblog’s IndieGoGo campaign site!  Thank You!  

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Artblog’s IndieGoGo campaign seeks your help for the Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) Project

Today we launch a fundraising campaign to underwrite the costs of the Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) Project, our art and community project seeded by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation. Visit The Artblog IndieGoGo page and contribute to support this worthwhile art and community project and help sustain it beyond 2015! Does an artist have a social responsibility to the community in which they live?  The Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) class, a new project of The Artblog, unites teens from the Philadelphia School District and undergrads from area colleges to investigate questions about art’s role in society. Some examples ... More » »

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Live Comments – First Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Vox building

Before we ventured out to look at art last First Friday, The St. Claire and The Artblog teams got together to talk about the upcoming guest editorship of The Artblog by The St. Claire!! A friendly take-over!  Stay tuned for lots of exciting news about April’s first guest-editorship-ever of The Artblog. Meanwhile, enjoy this First Friday Live Comments — two minutes long and featuring: Patrick Coughlin (Napoleon) on tools, labor and the body; Chris Davison and Anthony Miler (Grizzly Grizzly); Wayne Hodge (Practice) on his minstrel series collages sourced from the Library of Congress digital archives, sci fi magazines and ... More » »

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Live Comments – Curator Robert Cozzolino on Peter Blume at PAFA

(Peter Blume’s works, which are riveting in reproduction, will stop you in your tracks when you see them in the large and beautifully installed survey at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. )  Accomplished technically (the artist would spend 3 years on one painting), colorful, complex and symbolic, Peter Blume’s works like “The Rock,” “The Eternal City” and “Tasso’s Oak” are edgy visual puzzles. Andrea told you about the works and the show, organized by PAFA Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, Robert Cozzolino. Below are two great audio clips of Cozzolino elucidating. In the first (approximately 7 minutes long) he talks about “The Eternal City,” ... More » »

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