News For the fourth year running, Opera Philadelphia is treating the city to a free HD broadcast, this time of the comedic classic The Barber of Seville. Last year was a smash hit, drawing almost 4,000 to a presentation of Verdi’s Nabucco. With free tickets available to the public starting tomorrow, September 3 beginning at 10 a.m at operaonthemall.org, everyone who registers is automatically entered to win an Opera Philadelphia subscription for two to the entire 2014-2015 Season. The broadcast is on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:00 p.m at Independence National Historical Park. After a lengthy search, Jodi Throckmorton ... More » »
News via Arch Enemy Arts – We could try to capture in words what the atmosphere of this week has been like for artists presenting/having their life forces drained at city fairs, but this photo, from Arch Enemy Arts, is a fait accompli. “Repost. Very late last night. Hanging our show at Fountain NYC. @noahgalleryml caught me praying for coffee.” We’re taking in the feedback on this year’s Whitney Biennial with a necessary amount of side-eye. It’s great! It’s boring! It’s great in places and boring in others! Earth-shattering. Anthony Elms’ curated floor, though, has been a magnet for people ... More » »
News This weekend, we’re sorry to say, it’s curtains for Bodega: after three years with us, the gallerists are closing shop. Join them on Saturday, July 20 from 7-9pm to celebrate the closing of Great Skin, the last exhibition at 253 N. 3rd St. We’ve been very lucky to have had such wonderful support from the city and its art community. Bodega will continue to publish artist books and editions in addition to other curatorial projects. It’s far from the end, though – keep an eye out for future projects on Bodega’s new website at bodega-us.com. Blake Bradford is curating an enticing free event at ... More » »
News The winners of the Leeway Art and Change Grant 2012 have been announced! $44,380 in grants were awarded to 18 women and transgender artists living in the Philadelphia area (including Camden County); four were previous winners but the rest are newcomers. Visual artist and educator Betsy Casañas (LTA ’08), visual and media artist Caroline Savage, and writer, performer and educator Julia Lopez (WOO ’01) sat on the August 2012 grant panel. Congratulations to all the winners! Alie Vidich, Multi-Disciplinary, Fishtown, $2500 Alison Crouse, Media Arts, Eastwick, $2500 August Tarrier, Literary Arts, Mount Airy, $2500 Charlotte Ford, Performance Art, Point Breeze/Newbold, $2500 Elliott batTzedek, Literary Arts, ... More » »
At Bodega, the current exhibition is all about going with the flow. The show is entitled Fükengrüven, a tongue-in-cheek bumper sticker reworking of the 1990s Volkswagen advertising campaign “Fahrvergnügen” or “driving enjoyment”. The appropriated term means what it sounds like: “fucking grooving” or generally just having a good time. Needless to say, that is what Bodega’s four person show is. On display are works by Joshua Abelow, Phil Cote, Pia Howell and Orion Martin. The works in the show are predominantly based in formal elements like color fields or line studies and almost all of them are non-representational, with a ... More » »
NEWS Gallery classes – Beginning this spring and continuing through the summer, Nichols Berg Gallery will host workshops in the gallery taught by Clarissa Shanahan (teaming up with Scott Nichols of Nichols Berg) on subjects including encaustics, manuscript illuminations and printmaking. And Cambridge Street Studios, a new realist atelier in Philly, is having their Grand Opening Gala this coming Saturday, March 31st. The studio/school also has classes. Check their website. Boundary-defying record label and journal Data Garden is running a plant-based audio exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art April 13-15. Four large tropical plants outfitted with specialized electronic sensors to process their physiological data will produce ... More » »
News 2011 Pew Fellows announced-Congratulations! The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has announced its Pew Fellowships in the Arts recipients for 2011: Charles Cohen (electronic musician and composer) CAConrad (poet) Jorge Cousineau (set designer) Joy Feasley (visual artist) Chris Forsyth (guitarist and composer) Jane Irish (visual artist) Tania Isaac (choreographer) Pattie McCarthy (poet) Brian Philips (architect) Tim Portlock (visual artist) Matthew Suib (visual artist) Jamaaladeen Tacuma (visual artist free-jazz bassist, composer, and band leader)
In the show called Wax Apple, a plastic orange makes an appearance. It’s not a wax orange, but the echo of the show’s title resounds like the punchline to a joke.
This new performance and exhibition space in Old City generated buzz well before it opened in July. Today, it’s the most exciting and experimental art venue in the city’s so-called arts district, a place where it’s now easier to get good coffee than it is to see art that’s pushing the envelope.
It may be a recession year, but 2010 saw a whole lot of good art stuff happening in Philadelphia. Here’s our annual awards roundup! 6 best shows of 2010 that we saw: Mika Rottenberg @Mary Boone Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron’s The Honeymooners @Grizzly Grizzly Value City @Little Berlin Failure to Show @Extra Extra Philagrafika @Temple Gallery (especially for Heavy Industries) Bauhaus @MoMANext Page »