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Lindsay Chandler (l) and A. J. Rombach at Fjord on Frankford Ave.

From the vault: Two founders of Fjord

[We’re big fans of Fjord! This spunky little gallery, founded by Lindsay Chandler, A. J. Rombach, Sean FitzGerald, and Liam Holding, showcases emerging and established artists side-by-side–but the founders never show their own work. We’ve covered lots of shows at Fjord, so it was time for a refresher! Chandler and Rombach tell us how Fjord came to be. — the artblog editors] “It’s possible here in Philly” Lindsay Chandler and A.J. Rombach moved to Philadelphia after graduating from art school (Lindsay, from RISD, and A.J. from Boston University).  They didn’t know each other before moving here but became friends through their network of ... More » »

Robert Alexander

A look at North Philadelphia in film — Unedited Philadelphia at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

[Kitty draws us into a night of history, photography, film, and community, in an evening spent remembering the stories of North Philly. — the artblog editors] Frozen in time All that was missing were the sounds of yesteryear: * As cops stood around, with assistant police commissioner Frank Rizzo in their midst, as the 1964 Columbia Avenue riot cooled down. * As “screaming” teenagers watched Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, James Brown, and others perform silently at the Uptown Theater. * As Langston Hughes read from his poetry book: “Hold fast to dreams…” at the Pyramid Club. * As Philadelphia printmaker ... More » »

Walker Arts Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) TASK party, 2011, Minneapolis, photo Oliver Herring

From the vault: Oliver Herring’s TASK party

[Just in time for Oliver Herring’s upcoming TASK party tomorrow night, April 24–take a peek at the hustle and bustle of a 2008 party. If you make it to the party tomorrow evening, leave us a comment and tell us what you make! — the artblog editors] Oliver Herring TASK Party, 2008 2 min.

decorated document with heart and birds

Reclaiming a folk tradition — Framing Fraktur at the Free Library

[Noreen explores the origins and evolution of Fraktur, a decorative style of documentation with deep roots in Germany, which is coupled with contemporary art in a current exhibition. This post was assigned and shepherded through the editing process by our guest editors this month, the Nicola Midnight St. Claire. Thanks, Nicola! — the artblog editors] In an age when computer graphics are almost entirely responsible for design, handmade birthday cards, wedding invitations, and journals are rare and special. This month, in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia presents a collection of such rarities on ... More » »

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Bald Spot Comics by Gregory Labold

[Bald Spot Comics by Gregory LaBold appear on Artblog this April courtesy of our Guest Editor, The St. Claire! ]

Marijuana smoking stock photo

The artblog Reader Advisor

[This month’s Reader Advisor posts are brought to you by our guest editors, the Nicola Midnight St. Claire, or Nicola, as she sometimes likes to be called. Today: TROLLS of many types. — the artblog editors] TROLLS RULE, via Gawker TROLLS ARE REAL The “Doll” Search on Craigslist’s FOR SALE Section Will Make You Believe in Terror. IT STAYS IN THE BOX, via Craigslist TROLL STOCK PHOTOS For April 20, the Drug Policy Alliance released a cache of stock photos so that media outlets might more fairly and accurately depict marijuana use. Which is great, because if you need a news story ... More » »

Dana Hargrove, (Scottish, b. 1975; active in the United States), The Multis, 2014, Ink and gesso on cardboard, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

News post – new show at @graverslanegallery, SVA Open Studios, Lee Bontecou, Pat Steir + more @rollinscollege, opportunities and more!

News Here’s a peek at Gravers Lane’s first show in their new space!  Featuring the works of Rick Beck, Anne Currier, Daryls Ewoldt, James McNabb, Paula Winokur, Robert Winokur and Joël Urruty, it’s a beautiful welcome into the new home. The show runs April 15-May 30, 2015. On April 27, Slought is hosting “Ghost stories,” a film screening and conversation. Taking on the politics of urban renewal, the program features Keg de Souza’s documentary film “If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighborhood…” and a conversation between de Souza in dialogue with Rahul Mukherjee of Penn Cinema Studies. The entire event runs from 6:30-8pm, and is well worth checking out. For those eager ... More » »

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea

Jazz icons Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea unite for intimate duo concert

[Donald gets a chance to see two of his idols live. — the artblog editors] When I heard that Herbie Hancock AND Chick Corea were touring the world with a stop at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on April 11, I dashed at the chance to see this concert. When just one of these two musicians visits your city, you don’t simply walk…you run to see that concert! So with both Hancock and Corea on stage playing together, I knew that this was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime moment (both men are in their mid-70s!). Heavy-hitters in harmony In addition to being a ... More » »

panel cartoon with cat and man