—>Sam visits Fleisher-Ollman’s new gallery and encounters some heady art, both abstract and narrative.–-the artblog editors———————–> One of the first things you’ll notice in Fleisher-Ollman’s new Arch Street location is the high ceilings. Compared to the former location in the historic 1616 Walnut Street office building, where a 1930s-style doorman greeted guests and the low-ceilinged gallery felt like a hidden vault, it seems like Fleisher-Ollman has moved forward in time, not just a few blocks diagonally across City Hall. An Edgar Tolson statue of a dog greets visitors from outside the elevator doors. Down the hallway, you will find the ... More » »
News (no name) Art Group has taken an alarming statistic as a call to action for their Earth Day project. The United States apparently consumes over 1,500 plastic water bottles PER SECOND (caps intentional), and over 85% of these bottles become garbage that ends up in landfills throughout the country. But! (no name) is taking steps to help make a difference by having over 40 members design artwork for a thermos alternative to plastic bottles. Artwork is interchangeable so any artist print can be inserted in the thermos. All proceeds go to charity:water, a non profit organization that provides clean and safe ... More » »
News Stephen Colbert’s taken the leap into the world of children’s books, with his latest, I am a Pole (And So Can You!) a natural choice for introducing young ones to his humor. He’s donated working materials from this book to the Rosenbach Museum, covered in a segment on The Colbert Show. On behalf of Philly and its kids – thanks, Stephen! Woody Allen’s Paris is coming to Rittenhouse for a night, courtesy of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. The GPTMC is having a free screening of “Midnight in Paris” on Saturday, August 11 at 8:30 p.m. The pre-movie program begins at 8:00 p.m. The ... More » »
News Fleisher Art Memorial @ the White House Student Zulmarie Nazario, 16, attended a ceremony on November 2 at the White House where she received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama on behalf of the Fleisher Art Memorial. The prestigious award is for Fleisher’s work to develop learning and life skills in young people through the arts and creative experience. Nazario is one of many students who participate in Fleisher’s after school program in which a number of activities help young people explore their artistic and creative abilities.
News Comedy Night @ PhilaMOCA This Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 PM, PhilaMOCA will be the site of I LOVE MITCH HEDBERG: Art for the Late Great Comedian. A number of comedy acts (including comedy by Andrew Jeffrey Wright), refreshments, and artwork are on tap. Special guest Lynn Shawcroft will screen a video of unreleased Mitch Hedberg comedy footage.
At this moment when photos of Egyptian protests remind us all of the documentary power of photographs, along comes a show that reminds us that even reportage photographs can have a sort of truthiness. In the exhibit Off Camera at Fleisher/Ollman, self-invention and inner projections rule in the mostly small works by 17 artists.
Every once in a while there’s a teacher who is more than a teacher, someone who influences students in unpredictable and fantastic ways.
Art Gallery at City Hall The new 700 square ft. Art Gallery at City Hall — with high ceilings, fixed walls, and lots of natural light – brings art into the seat of power like never before. The brainchild of Gary Steuer, head of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Art Gallery at City Hall lives at street level in Steuer’s new offices (near the Tourism office). The gallery’s mission is to help arts organizations with their programs, thus “On the Rise” which opens tomorrow, has work by 12 artists from three non-profits – inLiquid, Center for Emerging ... More » »
The only image I’ve ever seen of a woman shaving her armpits is in an ad or commercial for shaving products. But Jennifer Levonian’s stop-action animation Her Slip is Showing begins with just that. It’s a dead-on metaphor of a woman trying to make herself acceptable and beat back her natural self as she dresses for a childhood friend’s wedding shower.
After 18 years of handing out the biggest regional prize in the arts, Pew Fellowships in the Arts has changed its m-o. Well, they’re still handing out prizes– the coveted 12 grants of $60,000. But the process is changing in 2010 in two significant ways. First, and probably most importantly, Pew has switched from an open call for applications to a MacArthur genius grant secret nominating process. Second, there’s no longer a 4-year rotation of categories with painting one year, sculpture another, etc. etc. Now, it’s open season for all categories every year. This came as a surprise to us ... More » »Next Page »