Tag Archive "philadelphia"


The artblog Reader Advisor

[This month’s Reader Advisor posts are brought to you by our guest editors, the Nicola Midnight St. Claire, or Nicola, as she sometimes likes to be called. Today: Underbellies of the beasts, or, what lies beneath. — the artblog editors] ‘Fatberg’ is an iceberg made of fat, via the Guardian. ‘Rootsberg’ is an iceberg made of that time when Batman tried to conceal his family roots’ as slave owners, via Variety. ‘Fucksberg’ is an iceberg made out of a SEPTA bus mysteriously exploding into flames, via Philly.com. ‘Tearsberg’ is an iceberg made out of the tears you will cry when your ... More » »

Robert Alexander

A look at North Philadelphia in film — Unedited Philadelphia at the Wagner Free Institute of Science

[Kitty draws us into a night of history, photography, film, and community, in an evening spent remembering the stories of North Philly. — the artblog editors] Frozen in time All that was missing were the sounds of yesteryear: * As cops stood around, with assistant police commissioner Frank Rizzo in their midst, as the 1964 Columbia Avenue riot cooled down. * As “screaming” teenagers watched Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, James Brown, and others perform silently at the Uptown Theater. * As Langston Hughes read from his poetry book: “Hold fast to dreams…” at the Pyramid Club. * As Philadelphia printmaker ... More » »

decorated document with heart and birds

Reclaiming a folk tradition — Framing Fraktur at the Free Library

[Noreen explores the origins and evolution of Fraktur, a decorative style of documentation with deep roots in Germany, which is coupled with contemporary art in a current exhibition. This post was assigned and shepherded through the editing process by our guest editors this month, the Nicola Midnight St. Claire. Thanks, Nicola! — the artblog editors] In an age when computer graphics are almost entirely responsible for design, handmade birthday cards, wedding invitations, and journals are rare and special. This month, in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia presents a collection of such rarities on ... More » »

Marijuana smoking stock photo

The artblog Reader Advisor

[This month’s Reader Advisor posts are brought to you by our guest editors, the Nicola Midnight St. Claire, or Nicola, as she sometimes likes to be called. Today: TROLLS of many types. — the artblog editors] TROLLS RULE, via Gawker TROLLS ARE REAL The “Doll” Search on Craigslist’s FOR SALE Section Will Make You Believe in Terror. IT STAYS IN THE BOX, via Craigslist TROLL STOCK PHOTOS For April 20, the Drug Policy Alliance released a cache of stock photos so that media outlets might more fairly and accurately depict marijuana use. Which is great, because if you need a news story ... More » »

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea

Jazz icons Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea unite for intimate duo concert

[Donald gets a chance to see two of his idols live. — the artblog editors] When I heard that Herbie Hancock AND Chick Corea were touring the world with a stop at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on April 11, I dashed at the chance to see this concert. When just one of these two musicians visits your city, you don’t simply walk…you run to see that concert! So with both Hancock and Corea on stage playing together, I knew that this was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime moment (both men are in their mid-70s!). Heavy-hitters in harmony In addition to being a ... More » »

Pills filled with scrolls of text

And the Word Is… at Gershman Y

[A.M. reviews a religion-based show that takes on major themes in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, offering hefty, personal pieces as well as lighter, wittier works. — the artblog editors] And the Word Is… exhibition has a second life at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia. This project was first presented at the DCCA in Wilmington, Delaware in 2013, and its incarnation at the Broad Street venue is a breath of fresh air. Presented in the main gallery, a quaint space of 1,140 sq. ft., the exhibit is intimate and accessible, focusing on work that relates to religion and spiritual concepts from ... More » »

"Tête-à-Tête," 1999, by Frank Bramblett (Courtesy of the artist); photograph by Rick Echelmeyer.

Frank Bramblett’s mysteries and miracles at the Woodmere Museum

[Diana interviews artist Frank Bramblett about his artmaking process, which involves sets of rules that both guide his discovery and lead to a diverse body of work. On Saturday, April 25 at 3 pm, artist Donna Nelson and art historian Gerald Silk will host Conversation: On Frank Bramblett. The talk is $15 for nonmembers, and $10 for members. — the artblog editors] The essence of Frank Bramblett’s artistic achievement is the protean nature of his imagination. As one walks from room to room in the Woodmere Museum, where the exhibition Frank Bramblett: No Intention is currently on view, it is almost impossible ... More » »

Portrait diptych

Eileen Neff’s Costa Rican photography at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

[Irena explores a conceptual photography show that asks viewers to engage with nature–or not–one leaf at a time. — the artblog editors] Conceptual photography often pushes the boundaries of what we recognize as real and not real, sometimes even more so than other media; it presents to us what we understand to be a factual image. In her current exhibit at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, artist Eileen Neff plays with perceptions of reality to create photographs that seem both of this world and beyond it. Nature, out of context Philadelphia local Neff embarked on a three-week artist residency in Costa Rica in ... More » »


Shelley Spector — Keep the Home Fires Burning at the PMA

[Lauren enjoys an inviting sculpture-and-textile show by Shelley Spector, whom we’ve interviewed previously on artblog radio. Inspired by a mother-daughter collaboration, Spector repurposed found objects into pieces that deserve their own new family histories. — the artblog editors] Fiber and textile work can easily be misconstrued as crafty or kitschy, reminiscent of framed embroideries stating “Grandma Loves You,” and veering dangerously close to the territory of acrylic-yarn crocheted tea cozies adorned with googly-eyed cats. But then there are the select few who take that tiny thread and draw something beautiful with it, constructing mind-boggling structures from a single, continuous piece ... More » »


forever wild (kill site record) — Douglas Irving Repetto at Marginal Utility

[Michael L. brings us a cadenced review of an intricate installation whose soaring strings may conceal a message for future generations. — the artblog editors] The heart of Douglas Irving Repetto’s installation at Marginal Utility, which is composed of seven elements of thick white cotton string that crawl through a series of hooks and mechanized spools, is the kill site, which represents the locus of an animal’s decomposition in a forest. At the kill site, like the return of animal matter to the earth (and beyond), random codes of color are imprinted upon the strings as they pass through the ... More » »

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