In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In December, 2003, we were venturing forth from our Old City stomping grounds and trotting up to Northern Liberties and west to City Hall. Despite initial reservations, Roberta discovered some striking poetic narratives at 1 Penn Square. Portraits by a perceptive PAFA graduate were worth the visit to the now-closed Ashley Gallery, where paintings were rife with psychological complexity. ——————————- The Mystery of Case 13 By roberta December 30, 2003 I always have mixed feelings about the Art in City Hall shows. On the one ... More » »
Post by Chip Schwartz and Alyssa Greenberg News Bombs Away! Art in City Hall got yarnbombed — officially — as part of FiberPhiladelphia2012. Philadelphia Yarnbombing 101, Jessie Hemmons’ and team’s piece of the action is in the 1st floor gallery in City Hall. Meta-Fiber, a juried exhibition, is in the glass cases on first and second floors of the building. Yarnbombing brings to the white-walled gallery space the global street art phenomenon of “cosying” public fixtures with colorful knitted yarn. Meta-Fiber was juried by PAA’s Sarah Archer. And speaking of the Art Alliance, yarnbomber Hemmons will speak at the PAA on ... More » »
You have a friend in City Hall, artists. The guy in the white hat, Gary Steuer, tries to cut through red tape, to make art accessible, and to fight City Hall over unreasonable taxes on low income businesses of the sorts artists (and bloggers) have. Surprisingly enough, given city finances and his teeny baby budget, somehow he succeeds. That’s what he told us, and we believe him. Here’s the full podcast interview: Right click to download full 15 min. interview with Gary Steuer And here’s the YouTube slide version of this podcast. This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The ... More » »
News Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia names 55 finalists The Knight Foundation released the names of 55 finalists for its Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia 2012. Finalists include artists, musicians, collectives, and community groups in the region. Winners are to be announced in the Spring.
Philly invades New York this weekend – Mayor Michael Nutter at the New Museum and ICA’s Claudia Gould at a NY Gallery Week panel Mayor Nutter participates in the Sustainable City Mayoral Panel, Friday, May 6, 7-8:30pm ($10), part of the Festival of Ideas for the New City, a symposium May 4-8 at the New Museum, sponsored by the NuMu, NYU, Columbia and other New York organizations. Follow their blog.
We had a chat with Gary Steuer last month in his 7th floor office in City Hall. The art czar’s desk is in a cubicle next to his assistant’s in a small North-facing office down a dark corridor. But Steuer has a sweet little conference room with a window overlooking the Masonic Temple on North Broad St. In fact, it’s the room that might have been his private office if he had wanted it. He decided he’d rather have a cubicle and a real (albeit mini) conference room instead. It was the kind of practical “let’s make something out of ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of the show “In Your Dreams” at Art in City Hall. Below’s the copy with some pictures. At a time of great energy and excitement in the city’s art community, “Art in City Hall”—an exhibition program launched in 1984—is stuck doing business the old-fashioned way.
I got this email from Tu Huynh, who runs the Art in City Hall program in response to my question about the cases looking different. He answered that and more: I’ve been out sick…caught a virus from my kids, so I apologize for getting back to you sooo late. First off, thank you for the write up on the artblog. Did you see that Kathryn [Pannepacker] will be on the cover of American Craft magazine?
On the Fringe of Fiber, the fiber show on now view at City Hall is a break-through show for the Art in City Hall program of bringing Philadelphia art into that dim public space. Two things have made the difference. Martha Savery-Kahn, untitled, book, glass, paint
Anne Minich, Cloud, wood, oil, found materials As far as art “of the people, by the people, for the people” in City Hall, the “for the people” element has taken a turn for the worse. To get into City Hall these days, you have to go through a checkpoint (being paid for by Homeland Security). The first time I went, the line was long and slow. So this week was my second attempt to see the current Art in City Hall exhibit. I imagine this new situation might be a barrier to anyone but friends and family of the artists ... More » »Next Page »