[Marvin explores celebrated photographer Paul Strand’s Mexican photogravure work and Taller de Gráfica lithographs by Francisco Mora, Elizabeth Catlett, and others. The two shows offer diverging views–micro and macro–of Mexico’s beauty, struggle, and daily life. — the artblog editors] Drug cartels, mass murders, political unrest, and spring breakers…? Beyond the current turbulent state of Mexico, we often forget the country’s period of artistic explosion in the early to mid-20th century, which contributed to the modern era. Mexico during a critical time Two shows, at two different venues, look at Mexico’s people and culture during the 1930s and 1940s. Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio is ... More » »
[Natalia offers an insightful take on a larger-than-life sculptural installation inspired by humanity’s less admirable habits–and the health consequences we often face as a result. — the artblog editors] Currently on view at the Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania is a large-scale installation by contemporary Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. This monumental piece enacts a social critique of environmental destruction, human consumption, and societal decay, using bodily disease as a powerful metaphor. A broad critique of consumption The site-specific installation, titled Poliresidual Adenocalcinoma, consists of a single piece–a monstrous creation of twisted plywood and cardboard, covered with a ... More » »
At its core, the photography exhibition currently occupying the elegant space of the Arthur Ross Gallery is a showcase for one of Penn’s proudest achievements of the last year: digitizing its photography archive. “9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection,” is drawn from Penn’s photography archive and organized around an interesting idea — that when nine photographers select the images to be exhibited the result will show the collection’s strength in its parts and in its whole. Organized by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, University Curator and Director of the Arthur Ross Gallery and Gabriel Martinez, artist and Senior Lecturer of Photography in the ... More » »
News FiberPhiladelphia gets underway March is fast approaching, and so are a number of events as part of FiberPhiladelphia, the annual Philadelphia textile and fiber arts festival. In fact, Mayor Nutter will kick off the March 2 ceremony at Moore College of Art and Design by proclaiming March 2012 as Fiber Arts Month. The first event is the opening of In Material: Fiber 2012 on Friday, January 27 at Arthur Ross Gallery. New curator at Woodmere Matthew U. Palczynski is the new curator at the Woodmere Art Museum. Palczynski was most recently the Staff Lecturer for Western Art at the Philadelphia Museum of ... More » »
Alexander Arrechea’s installation, Orange Tree, occupied Crane Arts‘ huge Icebox as well as the Grey Box leading to it from Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2010, and it definitely held its ground within that vast space. Arrechea’s work, combining suggestions of menace and the high-tech production values of the latest Hollywood movie, rose to the challenge of the monumental scale. On entering the darkened Grey Box visitors were confronted with Black Sun (2009), a silent video projection of a swinging wrecking ball that marked time in the exhibition like a destructive pendulum.