Tag Archive "asian-arts-initiative"

Asian Art Initiative's vision for Chinatown North/Callowhill. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

News post – #asianartsinitiative pushing Pearl Street forward, Art-Reach welcomes John Orr, @mshandelman in Seattle, opportunities and more!

News   For Asian Arts Initiative, “activating the alley” is the goal of the year. Along with DesignPhiladelphia, AAI is working to create the Pearl Street Passage, a temporary, cutting-edge, outdoor exhibition on the 1100 block of Pearl Street. Designed to regenerate the spot while fostering relationships among a diverse range of people in the neighborhood, this means some germane opportunities for those of you eager to contribute creatively to the marquee event of the 2015 DesignPhiladelphia Festival (October 8-17). These opportunities are detailed further on!   Join Leeway Foundation and Bread & Roses Community Fund this Thursday, February 26 for the opening reception ... More » »

Rebecca Rutstein, you come and go (diptych), 2014. Photo courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

News post – Farewell to Vivant, Bridgette Mayer in Vegas, Cadmium Red under fire, Jeff Carr retires, opportunities and more!

News   A sad moment for Old City, but we’re pretty determined to end it on a happy note: after seven years of being the only African-American owned gallery in Old City, Florcy Morisset is closing Vivant Art Collection.  She and Honorary Co-Chair Lisa Nutter are understandably emotional to see it end, but they’re sending Vivant out with a full five days of festivities celebrating Vivant’s place in the community. Check out the listing of events below, and, in the words of Florcy for the last seven years – vivant! Wednesday, October 1st,  6pm – 9pm M‘ART’ini Cocktail Reception hosted ... More » »


Kathryn Sclavi — interview with the artist and a new collaborative storytelling show

[Talking with artist Kathryn Sclavi, Veronica explores the significance of art projects that venture beyond gallery walls, engaging with their viewers and promoting community involvement. — the artblog editors] I met Kathryn Sclavi at the Dock Street Brewery on the rainy night of Dec 23rd, 2013. The rain and air outside were palpable with holiday anticipation and people running last-minute errands. I sat in the back of the establishment, and as I waited for Sclavi, in walked this small ball of energy. Seeing me in the back, she waved, and hugged me upon greeting me. Small cart, big impact We ... More » »

Particpants gathered to paint tables and chairs.

Asian Arts Initiative transforms Pearl Street with a community block party

(Rachel visits a block party and finds inspiration in the community activities and spirit. –the artblog editors) Pearl Street resembles anything but its name. Dark, narrow, and lined with dumpsters and loading docks, it feels claustrophobic and uninviting. Most Philadelphians probably experience the street as a tiny artery in the neighborhood’s navigation system, a shortcut to and fro, or, for the community’s homeless, a potential space to sleep. Along the street’s four blocks stretching from 10th to Broad Streets in the North Chinatown neighborhood, are cultural organizations, tech offices, Catholic grade schools, and auto repair shops. Luxury apartments are moving in. ... More » »

Isaac Lin, "Green and Green."

Isaac Lin’s In Plain Sight at Asian Arts Initiative – an artblog speed read

–>Chip’s short, sweet review of Isaac Lin’s show at Asian Arts finds vibrating, immersive abstractions on the walls along with friendly cartoon characters and smaller framed works. –the artblog editors————————-> At Asian Arts Initiative through the rest of the summer and well into the fall, you can check out the wild, colorful, patterned artwork of Philadelphia-based Isaac Tin Wei Lin in his solo show, “In Plain Sight.” With what can perhaps be best described as reckless abandon, Lin covers the interior of Asian Arts Initiative’s first floor gallery with mostly abstract, predominantly two-dimensional artwork. Lin’s style lies somewhere betwixt illustration ... More » »

The work of Yinka Shonibare, whose exhibition by the Barnes Foundation is made possible by this year's Pew awards.

News post – Major Pew grants, bon voyage Tom Kaiden, Philly artists in the Bronx, opportunities and more!

News This week, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced awards of over $6.5 million for 52 upcoming projects by local cultural organizations, from small galleries to major institutions, as well as fellowships of $60,000 each to 13 regional artists, including one collaborative team. Three of the 2013 grantees are particularly noteworthy: 1. In spring 2014, the Barnes Foundation is organizing the first major Philadelphia exhibition for Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare. An exciting move for the Barnes – this is their first collaboration with a contemporary artist, and its first commission of a new work of art since Henri Matisse’s La ... More » »

The Strength of a Vulnerable Man, 2006, Mona Shomali

That Person Who is Your Creation – Iranian feminist art at the Asian Arts Initiative

The current exhibition at the Asian Arts Initiative is small in scale but presents big ideas. That Person Who is Your Creation includes five paintings and two videos. Together these works create a narrative about identity and Iranian women artist’s investigations and negotiations in and of western culture. The paintings from Mona Shomali’s Naked Folklore Series show female nudes or age-old stories such as that of Adam and Eve. There is also a portrait of the poet Forough Farrokhzad, whose poem, Call to Arms, inspired the title of this exhibition. The feminist themes in many of the works are inspired by ... More » »


News post – $1M for Philly from ArtPlace, spandex outfits for buildings

News Three Philadelphia organizations engaged in creative placemaking projects have received ArtPlace Grants: The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has won $200,000 for a project on the Delaware Waterfront; the University City District has won $375,000 for design upgrades and art installations at the Porch; and the Asian Arts Initiative has been awarded $450,000 to commission work in the Chinatown area. More information about the ArtPlace Grants can be found here. The new executive director of the Main Line Art Center is photographer Amie Potsic, long time Director of Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. ... More » »

Terry Adkins, detail from "Ulukuk."

News post – Summer concerts, Art in the State, Terry Adkins, opportunities and more!

News  Prepare for more outdoor concerts and events than you even know what to do with! The lineup for the 2012 Free Outdoor 40th Street Summer Series has been announced, with a lineup featuring Philly mainstays such as Slavic Soul Party and Sun Ra Arkestra. All concerts are to be held on the green space just behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets beginning at 6pm. And City Hall Presents, a new series of events incorporating all of Philly’s performing arts, began in the City Hall Courtyard on Wednesday, June 6th, with three different local percussion ensembles. You can RSVP for ... More » »


News post – West Prize announced, free Museum Day, cooking & comedy, opportunities and more!

News The West Prize list has been announced, picked from an array of 2,650 submissions. The Philadelphia artists who have won a place in the West Collection are: Tim Portlock Joe Girandola Kim Alsbrooks Astrid Bowlby Kay Healy Tim Eads Erin Murray Colette Fu Mark Stockton Brian Richmond Additional winners include Bohyn Yoon, a Korean artist who taught at Tyler, and Tyler Held, who graduated University of the Arts in 2011. In celebration of International Museum Day, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PAFA and the American Swedish Historical Museumare free to the public today. The PMA is open from 10:00 a.m. to ... More » »

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