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Piper Brett's trademark gold forks. Photo courtesy of CUAC.

News post – Sun Ra’s stellar centennial, Piper Brett in Utah, Airbnb makes a home in Trafalgar Square, opportunities and more!

News This planet is doomed – but we’re going to celebrate.  By honoring the one and only Sun Ra, that is. On Thursday, the Penn Museum, the Galleries at Moore and Ars Nova Workshop are putting on a cosmic show to celebrate Sun Ra’s 100th anniversary. Expect poetry, Afro-futuristic sounds, and archival films of Sun Ra and his Arkestra held, of course, in the Penn Museum’s Lower Egypt Gallery (where the film “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise” was shot in 1980). The evening (7-10 PM)  is led by Pew Fellow CA Conrad, writer Ras Mashramani, and Sun Ra biographer John ... More » »

“The Great Lenin Illuminated Our Path,” (translated from Russian),
Russia, ca. 1930s. During the Cold War the Soviet government
supported freedom fighters in Africa and activists in the United States.

Black bodies in propaganda: the art of the war poster at the Penn Museum

[Andrea reviews a collection of propaganda posters centering around African-Americans, thoughtfully placing them in historical context. --the artblog editors] Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology  (the Penn Museum), which runs through March 3, 2014, can be appreciated for social, political, historic, or artistic reasons, and it delivers on all fronts. The collection of posters was assembled by the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Tukufu Zuberi, known to public television viewers for his work ... More » »

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News post – FJORD curates at RISD, “Teddy Bomber Plane” on the auction block, Chad Muthard’s new book arrives, Blaise Tobia at OK Harris, opportunities and more!

News This week, the members of FJORD Gallery held a special opening reception and panel discussion for Mechanical Turk, the show they’re curating at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Memorial Hall Gallery. For this exciting venture, FJORD’s participating artists include Seth Adelsberger, Colin Benjamin, John Bohl, Pia Howell, Katie Kehoe, Sam Lipp, JJ Miyaoka-Pakola, Michael Sirianni, and Rachel Stern. The works were chosen from a list of artist websites sent via email by five artist-run spaces in five cities, many of them chosen sight unseen.   via Tomas Mazetti - The “teddy bombing” plane used by artists to make a powerful political statement about Belarussian human rights is up for ... More » »

A site-specific installation of Continua by Katie Murken.

News post – Virgil Marti goes large-scale, Katie Murken at GFS, props to Pentimenti, opportunities and more!

News The British Museum and the Penn Museum are co-captaining a $1.28 million digital collaboration, supported by the Leon Levy Foundation, to resurrect the archaeology of the ancient kingdom of Ur. Originally unearthed by Sir Leonard Woolley’s excavations  on behalf of both museums from 1922–1934, this is one of archaeology’s most thrilling finds, and the exhibition is bound to stun. Philadelphia artist Virgil Marti‘s first foray into public sculpture, Five Standards (Dazzle), has arrived at Five Crescent Drive at The Navy Yard. Commissioned for the new office of GlaxoSmithKline by the company and the developer Liberty Property/Synterra LP, and managed by the City of Philadelphia Mural ... More » »

Willa Granger. Photo by Sam Riggs.

Fringe Festival – Antony and Cleopatra in Tahrir Square at the Penn Museum

This year’s Fringe Festival puts Antony and Cleopatra right back where we’ve imagined them for centuries: in front of a limestone Sphinx, flanked by the massive columns of an ancient Egyptian palace. Not a set design by an ambitious designer — this staging of the Shakespearean drama takes place in front of the real artifacts in the Penn Museum’s famous Sphinx Gallery. Antony and Cleopatra: Infinite Lives is a  play-within-a-play that brings Shakespeare’s historical tragedy and the contemporary uprisings in Egypt into a roiling mix. The production melds the bard’s original with a script by Pete Barry and J. Michael DeAngelis ... More » »

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It’s About Time – APS Museum and Penn Museum tackle the big issue

Time, like death, is a subject certain to remain of eternal interest to artists, scholars, and the public at large; two exhibitions currently in Philadelphia approach the subject very differently. The delightful Tempus Fugit; Time Flies at the American Philosophical Society Museum  (APS Museum) through December 30, is an exhibition conceived of as poetry, rather than the more usual form of scholarly prose.  The artist Antonia Contro has selected works from the Philosophical Society’s collections that deal with aspects of time, and sensitively juxtaposed them with work of her own. She is interested in aspects of time explored by scientists ... More » »

Interface Studio's 100K Houses. Courtesy of designwire.interiordesign.net.

News post – Social change at Drexel, Philly at PULSE, Second State scholarship, opportunities and 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 » »

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Kalashnikov Carpets at the Penn Museum

It’s hard to imagine another exhibition that would be of equal interest to members of the AIA (Archaeological Institute of America) and the NRA (National Rifle Association), to subscribers of Hali (the leading publication in the world for carpets, textiles and Islamic art) and readers of Soldier of Fortune (the mercenaries’ monthly).  Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan at the Penn Museum through July 31, 2011 is the first stop on a U.S. tour organized by the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto; it is likely to amaze most viewers and  will fascinate anyone curious about the world, the impact of war ... More » »

Nippur Excavation Team c. 1900

Story Telling: ‘Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands’ at the Penn Museum and ‘Picturing the West: Yokohama Prints 1859–1870s’ at the PMA

The art and artifacts in these two exhibitions are more interesting for their stories than for their aesthetic qualities, but a good story is a valuable find. Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (the Penn Museum, through June 26, 2011) focuses on three men involved with the first American archaeological expedition in the Middle East.  If the Penn Museum is airing its dirty laundry in public, at least it’s an entertaining sight. Filled with feuds, fraud, coercion and madness, the tale of the excavations at Nippur (in present-day Iraq) would ... More » »

‘What in the World?’ recreated at the Penn Museum

‘What in the World?’ at the Penn Museum, Print Invitational at Little Berlin, ‘Dead Flowers’ at Vox Populi

For the past couple decades ever more museums have invited artists into their store rooms to curate exhibitions: in an early example, the RISD Museum invited Andy Warhol; MoMA asked Chuck Close and Scott Burden; and Fred Wilson has made a career of the practice.  The results have almost always been interesting.  Artists, of course, have their own questions of and approaches to objects and collections and it’s always enlightening to see familiar things in unexpected ways.

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