In the exhibit Canicular by New York artist Demetrius Oliver, a live feed of Sirius, the “Dog Star,” streamed from a telescope at the Franklin Institute into a white silo-like structure in the Print Center’s second floor gallery. On clear nights you could stand in the dark tubular space, created specially for the show, and see the live feed of Sirius shimmering above your head . The only catch, you had to enter the silo by way of a modified dog door. Crawl on all fours and you’re in. This was part of the humor of the piece, said John Caperton, Jensen ... More » »
John Caperton, Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center, says in this clip from our interview that Canicular involves some humor. In the exhibit by New York artist Demetrius Oliver, a live feed of Sirius, the “Dog Star” from a telescope at the Franklin Institute streams into a white silo in the Print Center’s second floor gallery. On clear nights you can see the live feed of the star shimmering above your head in the dark tubular space. The only catch, you must enter the silo by way of a dog door. Crawl on all fours and you’re in. This is part ... More » »
The end is near! This is Episode 9 in the 10-episode Decade of artblog series. In this 3:11-minute episode we ask people what they are excited about in Philadelphia right now. The video was shot in the summer, so some things mentioned are past. But hear what’s on peoples’ minds — From Hidden City and Citywide, to Design Philadelphia, the Fringe Festival and the opening of 3rd Ward (now closed!) eleven people tell us what they’re really excited about. Next week we wrap it up! (Click the headline of this post to get to the video.) [Note from the editor: What ... More » »
Our series sponsor is Fleisher Art Memorial. Young artists are bringing new ideas to old printmaking methods. John Caperton, the curator of The Print Center, shares some history and talks about the success of Philagrafika, which brought in new excitement and a new audience to his institution. Below is a brief sample. To hear the full 15-minute interview, click Read More (or the headline to the post): Right click to download John Caperton–29-second sample
Used to be prints were dowdy and derriere garde. No more. Silk screens, books, zines, yurts. Print Center Curator John Caperton knows where the wild things are, and talks to us next week about the print revival among young artists. He also talks about the The Print Center past and future and Philagrafika’s halo effect on a venerable but modest institution that usually works in the shadow of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Below is a 29-second sample clip from our talk. Tune in next Monday to hear the entire episode. John ... More » »
Melanie Schiff, Spit, Lambda Print, 30 x 40, 2006, taken from her website ; ©Melanie Schiff Here at artblog we’ve been waiting with bated breath to see how John Caperton will put his mark on exhibits at The Print Center, the venerable organization that dates back to 1915. We were astonished by the choice, not because Caperton isn’t great. After all, here are a few of his independent curatorial projects in Philadelphia: Cathartic Disgust Gestalt at the late, lamented Project Room, featuring work by Tristin Lowe, Charles Burns, Philip Mott and Robert Beck. Think vomit materialized. I Saw the Light, ... More » »
The Print Center has named John Caperton its new curator of prints and photographs (isn’t that all they show there, anyway?), starting Sept. 5. John’s previous experience includes Locks Gallery and the Fairmount Park Art Association. I think this is really good news!