News via Evan Laudenslager - Evan, our writer and a Tyler alum, recently reminded us to be psyched for the upcoming Victory for Tyler exhibition at the Crane Icebox from April 2-26. They have had tons of entries this year and the show is being juried by Anthony Elms (who previously curated White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart in 2013), so keep it on your radar! A new Barnes partnership is happening! The other day, the Barnes Foundation and Curtis Institute launched a new collaborative program of commissions, performances, and educational exchanges. Beginning with a three-concert series of performances by the Aizuri Quartet—named ... More » »
(Jennifer visits an exhibit that raises issues of freedom, community, family and the future in China. But there are more universal echoes here as well.–the artblog editors) What a wonderful time to see contemporary Chinese art in Philadelphia! artblog‘s Rachel Heidenry recently wrote about the current show at Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery which features graduates of the China Central Academy of Art. The Philadelphia Art Alliance is also hosting two acclaimed contemporary Chinese artists in their current exhibition, The Way of the Chopsticks. This site-specific installation by married couple and international art stars Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen effectively uses ... More » »
(Rachel visits Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery for a show of recent graduate of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.–the artblog editors) The Start of a Long Journey, on view at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, is great. The show’s name is brilliant – the concept underscores the burgeoning lives and potential trajectories of 24 young alumni from Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). With sixty pieces created in the past two years in a range of mediums, styles and artistic intentions, it’s a big diverse show. The show has wit and subtlety The project began five years ago in Beijing as ... More » »
Post by Jaclyn Seufert The works by Wangechi Mutu at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery inaugurate the gallery’s new space in the Urbn Center Annex with a bang. It’s a big show by an important international artist whose provocative works speak forcefully to issues of women’s empowerment and self-image. The show should propel discussions all over town. Gallery Director Dr. Joseph Gregory told me it has long been his wish to give the Kenya-born, Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist a show at Drexel, and this foundational show at the new gallery, with its high ceilings and almost 5,000 square feet of space, was ... More » »
News Renowned graphic designer and UArts alum Craig Holden Feinberg is partnering with the Pearlstein Gallery for an exhibition on the social impact of design and imagery. The programming begins with Holden Feinberg’s two-day residency at Drexel University as a Rankin Scholar of the Graphic Design program. On May 14, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery begins an exhibition of Holden Feinberg’s work, displayed until Friday, June 8. The opening reception on Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. features a panel discussion on raising awareness of local and global social issues, as well as displays of Holden Feinberg’s shocking, funny and forceful design work. ... More » »
News Vollis Simpson Park receives ArtPlace grant We told you back in September that Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe received grants from ArtPlace, well here is another great use of the money from that organization.
How, I wondered, did Drexel University snag the wonderful exhibit, Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China. The exhibit is a museum-class survey of contemporary Chinese art by women, the first U.S. survey of its kind, with more than half the exhibit filled with work by artists with whom you could well be familiar–artists who have been showing internationally in solo shows in prestigious venues.
Don’t let the modesty of Drexel’s current exhibition space (in a low building with a basic large space plus a couple of side rooms) fool you. Right now a museum-quality exhibit shines there.
Drexel prof Blaise Tobia sent us this notice saying the school was screening The Art of the Steal tonight, 7 PM — FREE with free popcorn. Drexel prof Robert Zaller, who appears in the movie and is against the Barnes move, will be there for the public discussion after the movie. Wed. May 19 7 PM FREE Drexel University, Bossone Center, 3128 Market St. (the big glass wedge building near 32nd and Market) Mitchell Auditorium more info
The logo on a symposium about intellectual property rights may arguably infringe on those IP rights. The symposium, Inspiration, Derivation or Appropriation? Defining Ownership in the Arts at Drexel next week sounded interesting to us, so we forwarded the info to artblog contributor David Muenzer. Muenzer hails from Pittsburgh, and knows a Carnegie Museum of Art logo look-alike when he sees one. Here’s the Carnegie logo:Next Page »