The end is near! This is Episode 9 in the 10-episode Decade of artblog series. In this 3:11-minute episode we ask people what they are excited about in Philadelphia right now. The video was shot in the summer, so some things mentioned are past. But hear what’s on peoples’ minds — From Hidden City and Citywide, to Design Philadelphia, the Fringe Festival and the opening of 3rd Ward (now closed!) eleven people tell us what they’re really excited about. Next week we wrap it up! (Click the headline of this post to get to the video.) [Note from the editor: What ... More » »
In Episode 2 of our series, four members of the Philadelphia art community talk about how artblog creates community and provides many important services. Two minutes long! Sweet.
–In her review of the new show at the Michener, Jennifer talks about the iconography and shifting, multi-faceted identity of America and Americans.–the artblog editors————————>Images of a Chicana woman and a wheelchair-bound grandmother hang on the gallery walls adjacent to a young, white Rockabilly family. Nearby, Doris Bittar’s oil on linen, Camo-Flag 1 marries stars and stripes patterns with Islamic abstraction. Facing all of these works, from across the gallery, is the the visage of the great African-American artist, Elizabeth Catlett-Mora. Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, currently on view at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, is an exhibition ... More » »
This weekend, all eyes are focused on the Parkway as the Barnes Foundation marks the opening of its new building and the arrival of its extraordinary art collection to Philadelphia. Of course the biggest change for the Barnes — founded in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes as an art and education institution — is its move from a secluded residential road in Lower Merion to the city’s grandest avenue. But another change has been overlooked in the excitement: The new Barnes comes with a 5,000-square-foot special-exhibition gallery that is in some ways as important as the building and the collection. ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my interview with Blake Bradford, Director of Education at the Barnes Foundation. Below is an expanded copy of that interview. Much has been said about the Barnes on the Parkway but what’s the plan for the Barnes’ Merion building once the collection moves? And — since the Barnes is first and foremost a collection with an educational mission –what about that education program? How will Barnes on the Parkway update its time-honored methods in its new high tech digs that include a video-equipped “Welcome” room, self-guided tours via hand-held Acoustiguides, and a 150 seat auditorium for ... More » »