[Jennifer speaks with the curator of an exhibit focusing on social justice-related artwork here in Philadelphia, and gives an overview of the impactful works included in the show. — the artblog editors] Social justice is a term that can be variously defined, especially in art. Art historian and curator Emily Hage offers intriguing ways to understand what this term means in the exhibition LOOK! Contemporary Art and Social Justice in Philadelphia, on view at St. Joseph’s University Gallery through March 28. This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, and photographs by four artists who are committed to social change, and whose work “comes from ... More » »
News Coalition Ingenu is closing, with their (possibly) last show in Philly opening tonight. In less than two months, Bullock and company are moving to Florida, with hopes of the Coalition Ingenu Self-taught Artists’ Collective eventually picking up again. Featuring nine artists, the final show is called Autodidactic Ingenuism, and, rather appropriately, takes place at the Magic Gardens, where self-taught visionary Isaiah Zagar created his best known work. The opening reception is today, October 11 from 6 – 9 pm, at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, and it runs until Friday, November 15. We were startled earlier this week to learn ... More » »
News Candy Coated Wonderland isn’t coming until May, but let the thought of it carry you through the rest of this bone-chilling winter. As only she can, CandyCoated (formerly Candy Depew) is re-interpreting the Museum’s collection of children’s dress costumes with her unique textile art. Held in the Joan Spain Gallery at the Perelman Building from May to November 2013 and curated by Dylis Blum, CandyCoated envisions a storybook narrative, incorporating iconic children’s costumes. And to make the the exhibition’s subjects the focal point, the summer promises a series of educational workshops for youth art making. Among the wild-sounding offerings are bike and helmet ... More » »
News Do you enjoy the West Philly Rotunda‘s selection of great indie shows? Vote for it in Philly Magazine! It’s been nominated, along with four other locations, as one of Philly’s best indie music venues. Is Van Gogh pertinent to a contemporary artist? Hear three locals, Emily Brown, Hiro Sakaguchi and Zoe Strauss, talk about it April 27 at the PMA. The program, moderated by Van Gogh Up Close curator Joseph Rishel, is in conjunction with that blockbuster show at the museum. To purchase tickets ($10, $8 students and members – no admission ticket required), call 215-235-SHOW or visit the Museum’s website. ... More » »
Daniel Heyman brings extraordinary empathy to his subjects–and never seems to run out of it. His widely shown Amman Portfolio–a series of portraits of Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison survivors on which their stories are handwritten — was at the Baltimore Museum of Art last month. Daniel’s mom started a special education school and his oldest brothers is a union organizer. Heyman teaches art at Princeton and at RISD. A solo show of his self-portrait prints, which he talks about in this podcast, will be on view at Cade Thompkins Gallery in Providence some time after Labor Day (see gallery ... More » »
The irrepressible printmaker Daniel Heyman brings extraordinary empathy to his subjects–and never seems to run out of it. His widely shown Amman Portfolio–a series of portraits of Iraqi Abu Ghraib prison survivors and their stories–was at the Baltimore Museum of Art last month. Here’s a sample from next Monday’s podcast. Right click to download Daniel Heyman 40-second sample
News Lectures and discussions Temple Gallery is offering a lecture with Philadelphia resident and Creative Time curator Nato Thompson on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 PM. Thompson will speak about his latest book Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production. We at artblog would love a Creative Time organization in Philly, and as it turns out we have the curator right here! Reserve a seat for Nato Thompson’s lecture at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2826019701 or call 215 777 9138. And in West Philly, artist and independent curator Matheiu Copeland speaks at Kelly Writers House Thursday, Feb. 16, 6pm, about his efforts at subverting ... More » »
News Philadelphia Museum of Art highlights ten local artists Starting September 10, the PMA will host Here and Now: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs by Ten Philadelphia Artists.
Philadelphia artist Daniel Heyman, whose work puts the personal face on politics, war and other injustices, has won a Guggenheim! He is one of 180 Fellows named this year from about 3,000 applicants. The awards go to work in the arts, humanities and sciences.
Traditionally when we talk about fiber, we talk about not just its drape but also about its hand. Fiber is mostly meant to be touched. And if you come from a long line of Jews, from a people who have historically long been in the rag and clothing trades, when you see a piece of fabric, you have an urge to “feel the goods.” So it’s not surprising that these were thoughts I had when I went to Wimpel! Wrapped Wishes, a small fiber-based show of 12 works at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art in Rodeph Shalom Synagogue on ... More » »Next Page »