Judith Schaechter’s amazing stained glass windows — a temporary site-specific installation — are due to come down Dec. 2. Judith wrote us with this news and added: “My work is usually seen in light boxes. At Eastern State, it is installed directly in the architecture and as such the images are dynamically powered by nature—the weather, the time of day and the season. With constantly changing light, the works truly come alive!! Seriously, if you like my work, you don’t want to miss this!” Here’s what I wrote about the piece last year when it first opened…From the artblog vault, ... More » »
Artist Judith Schaechter‘s stained-glass windows are lauded throughout the world for their beauty, decorative charm, and edgy take on the darker aspects of the human condition. This month’s debut of 17 new pieces at Eastern State Penitentiary is the Philadelphia-based artist’s return to the local spotlight with her first solo exhibition here in 10 years. Working with the nonprofit preservation group behind Eastern State Penitentiary, the artist pushed herself to create an ambitious piece in a large archway above a door in Cellblock 11. “The Battle of Carnival and Lent” contains 90 human figures in a complex composition that depicts ... More » »
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 Jason Lazarus will take your unwanted photos Do you have photos that are too painful to keep around? If so, Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus will take them. He’s collecting unwanted photos for an art installation. There’s no need to provide the background for the photos, and if you feel they are too private to be shown, the artist will display them face down. Lazarus can pick them up on Sunday February 5 from 10 AM – 7 PM. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-953-2885. Knapp Gallery closing Old City’s Knapp Gallery is closing up shop at the end of ... More » »
News Warren Angle died Friday We are sad to bring you the news that Warren Angle passed away on Friday, September 9 after a long battle with cancer. Angle, an artist, was the exhibitions director of the Fleisher Art Memorial for many years. He will certainly be missed by many. There’s a Facebook page set up as a memorial for Warren.
During a week spent visiting buildings of Le Corbusier in France, one of the happiest surprises was the number of artists who have been invited to produce work in French monuments and sites. We began at the Villa Savoye in Poissy, just outside Paris. As we circumnavigated the building to reach the entrance (designed for visitors who arrive by car, the ‘front’ door is 180 degrees from the façade that’s visible on entering the grounds), we saw a large, open structure on the grounds, made of rough logs and thatch, that looked to me like an extravagant version of chickees, ... More » »
If you’ve never been to Eastern State Penitentiary go this summer. Not only does the historic Dickens-era prison continue to look like the glorious decayed wreck it is, but the cellblocks are cool on a hot summer day. Long past is the time when hard hats were required, and this year’s four new art installations in the cells are terrific, and surprising.
We got a note recently from that wonderful artist Judith Schaechter who is fundraising to make and install ten new stained glass windows in ten cells at Eastern State Penitentiary. Judith makes beautiful stained glass on subjects with contemporary social meaning — loneliness, our culture of excess, the conflicted role of a woman in our society (sex object, goddess, whipping girl). She’s long wanted to do a project at the old prison, and it seems to us her project is a perfect match for the site. Judith needs funds to make the work and to install it in the prison. ... More » »
In the years since Eastern State Penitentiary began showing art, the Penitentiary itself has buffed up with audio tours, signage, rehabilitated spaces that look as good (or bad) as new, and enough safety so a hard-hat is no longer required to protect the heads of tourists from falling debris.
Click To Play Here we are visiting Susan Hagen’s new work at Eastern State Penitentiary. The pieces, in Cellblock 7 (which was the site of the Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller Pandemonium piece) are poignant miniature tableaus depicting scenes from prison life, each tableau isolated in an individual cell. The tableaus are carved in wood and then bleached white. We also stopped to see Linda Brenner’s ghost cats and Dayton Castleman’s escape routes. Not covered in the video but also good to see are works by William Cromar, Michael Grothusen, Judy Taylor and others. As always, the building itself ... More » »Next Page »