News For its 23rd year, the Institute of Contemporary Art is combining the annual Day With(out) Art with World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012. This year, Philadelphia HIV/AIDS and LGBQT activist join Penn undergraduate students for a lineup of programs including ribbon-making and film screenings. The Ribbon Bee, held from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at 118 South 36th Street, is accompanied by speakers such as artist-activists Joy Episalla and Carrie Yamaoka (who are also participants in the roundtable discussions accompanying the film screenings). The film screenings take place at the International House from 2-4:30 PM; they are Kiyoshi Kuromiya: A Queer Left and ... More » »
News Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge Year 2 The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is opening up their second year of applications for the Philadelphia Knight Arts Challenge. They are investing $9 million over three years in ideas that engage and enrich Philadelphia arts and culture. In the first year, 36 ideas were awarded a total of $2.7 million… including artblog’s own Art Safaris! Applications for the Knight Arts Challenge will be accepted from October 3 – 31, 2011. Be sure to visit the Knight Arts website on October 3 to find out how to submit your idea!
There’s more than meets the eye in Vanitas:Contemporary Reflections at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, which, true to its name, is about to expire–at the end of today (Aug. 12, 2010).
The magic of worlds merging–homeless and well-heeled, city workers and city slickers, artists and would-be’s–suddenly has returned Love Park into a meeting place, under the spell of Marianne Bernstein’s Welcome House–a glass house or box framed in wood, set in the park not too far from the so-called Philadelphia Welcome Center.
The three top prizes at this year’s Victory for Tyler exhibit (subtitled Sculpture 2009), went to Philadelphia artists. The huge, 29-artist exhibit attracted 500 people to Saturday’s opening at the Ice Box at the Crane Arts Center. There is a second opening tonight, at The Crane’s Second Thursday, 6-9 p.m. that will include some more performances. So it would be a good time to go if you missed the opening, since performance was a key part of so many of the pieces.
Candy Depew’s new installation at the Design Center feels like an escapist fantasy. The radically altered black bicycle in the entry hall becomes the perfect vehicle on which to hit the road and not look back.
Image of Mezuzot from the show, A Kiss for the Mezuzah, curated by Matthew Singer of the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. Not long ago Matt Singer, Curator of the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art emailed to ask me if I’d write an essay for a show he was putting together at the museum called “A Kiss for the Muzuzah.” The exhibit is all new commissioned works — each a Mezuzah — by a Philadelphia artist. Not all the artists are Jewish and together they represent a power team whose works I’ve long admired: Candy Depew, Jeanne Jaffe, Isaac Lin, ... More » »
Roberta’s installation shot with Zoe Strauss’s photos, Jen Packer’s paintings, Nick Lenker’s Elephant in the Room and Kip Deeds’ scroll and small painting. Roberta’s photo of Jayson Scott Musson’s posters, with JT Kirkland and Jen Packer (well, half of her) on the left. Libby’s photo of Thom Lessner and Nick Lenker’s works Libby’s photo of Barbara Bullock and Candy Depew’s works. Thought we’d share some pictures of Dig, the show of Philly artists we curated at H and F Fine Arts in Mt. Rainier, MD. The show looks great — we think! And we hope you can get there! More ... More » »
Post by Andrea Kirsh Andrea Kirsh discovers Hidden treasure, and the promise of a great party Candy Depew and Virgil Marti have done extraordinary installations in two Philadelphia sites, and if both include gilded skulls, it may be in anticipation of the Day of the Dead, or Halloween, or merely a sign of the times. But don’t miss them. To begin, I’d like to introduce Robert Wuilfe. He’s a lively and very imaginative young curator who figured out how to live in the best part of Center City by becoming site manager at the Powell House, e.g. he lives above ... More » »