[Andrea comments on a large exhibition of contemporary performance art by African-American artists, finding both the show's performances and accompanying catalog well-curated and memorable. For more information on individual artists, please see Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Valerie Cassel Oliver, ed. (Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; 2013), ISBN 978 -1-933619-38-5 --the artblog editors] In New York, the exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art was split between the Grey Art Gallery at NYU (from Sept. 10 – Dec. 7, 2013) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, where it remains on view until March 9, 2014. It does a particularly good ... More » »
News If you not only love the taxidermic arts but want to hear stories behind some taxidermists’ macabre masterpieces, join the Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy group tonight for a competition like no other. Judged by Beth Beverly, Adam Wallacavage, and Autumn Keitponglert, and with collective thirsts slaked by complimentary cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin, competitors are bringing their most treasured and unusual pieces of taxidermy (created or collected), and presenting in front of a live audience (that means you). Doogie Horner is the emcee for the evening, and expect live entertainment as participants narrate their most colorful stories attached to each piece. ... More » »
News This week, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced awards of over $6.5 million for 52 upcoming projects by local cultural organizations, from small galleries to major institutions, as well as fellowships of $60,000 each to 13 regional artists, including one collaborative team. Three of the 2013 grantees are particularly noteworthy: 1. In spring 2014, the Barnes Foundation is organizing the first major Philadelphia exhibition for Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare. An exciting move for the Barnes – this is their first collaboration with a contemporary artist, and its first commission of a new work of art since Henri Matisse’s La ... More » »
News An exciting presentation of works by British artist Tacita Dean is coming to the region this month, to continue throughout the spring. To start with, Arcadia University Art Gallery is hosting Dean’s film JG, inspired by Dean’s correspondence with British author J. G. Ballard. This work employs the same technique seen in FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, and uses Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. The exhibition commences with a lecture by Dean, organized by Gallery Director Richard Torchia, in the Commons Great Room on February 7 at 6:30 PM. Additional events at Arcadia continue through April 21, including a lecture on ... More » »
The promise that Jacolby Satterwhite showed at his performance a week ago at Jolie Laide had more to do with costuming and video than performance itself.
Vox Populi kicks off its season with a savory mix of drawings, video, photos and outsider art. While the press release about Jamie Dillon’s solo show is obfuscatory, it appears the artist will once again mine his inner bad boy. Smoke (or at least pictures of smoke) and fire (or at least pictures of fire) make an appearance along with Stuzky, the hermaphrodite, who will do… what? and look like… what? The artist’s lips are sealed.