News It’a time to wish a happy tenth anniversary to the Slought Foundation. Aside from making tremendous progress in bridging the gap between institutions and the public with their thought-provoking works, they’ve recently launched a new organizational identity, website, a series of workshops and research, and initiatives such as Mixplace Studio, a new urban education model that is being jointly developed by youth researchers from West Philadelphia, students and faculty from PennDesign, facilitators from People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and Slought, other community voices and leaders, and architect Teddy Cruz at the Center for Urban Ecologies. The Percent for Art Program has been moving ... 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 » »
News Carolee Schneeman, wonder woman of first wave feminism, is coming to Philadelphia on April 24 for a week of events hosted by the Slought Foundation and the College of Physicians, many of which are open to the public. “Utterly Precarious: Carolee Schneemann in 5 Parts” includes screenings of her film work, a public conversation with Christine Poggi of the University of Pennsylvania and Aaron Levy of Slought, a master class with students, a museum tour, and – to the joy of cat people - a party for cats on April 26th in honor of Schneemann’s feline companions Kitch, Cluny, Vesper and Minos. We ... More » »
NEWS Gallery classes – Beginning this spring and continuing through the summer, Nichols Berg Gallery will host workshops in the gallery taught by Clarissa Shanahan (teaming up with Scott Nichols of Nichols Berg) on subjects including encaustics, manuscript illuminations and printmaking. And Cambridge Street Studios, a new realist atelier in Philly, is having their Grand Opening Gala this coming Saturday, March 31st. The studio/school also has classes. Check their website. Boundary-defying record label and journal Data Garden is running a plant-based audio exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art April 13-15. Four large tropical plants outfitted with specialized electronic sensors to process their physiological data will produce ... More » »
Imagine the Rubell Collection or the Scholl Collection, two of Miami’s premier private museums, right here in Philadelphia. We just learned that The West Collection is actively searching for a big space for displaying some of the larger pieces in their fabulous and expanding collection of contemporary art. We bumped into the Director Lee Stoetzel at the Fairmount Park Art Association’s annual meeting, and he confirmed the organization’s interest in finding a space large enough to display some of the collection’s larger pieces. They’ve been looking in Northern Liberties he said. West is the Barnes of today, integrating its edgy ... More » »
The dry, geeky humor of Canadians is still up at Slought Foundation — until Oct. 29. Hurry hurry. The two artists, John Oswald and MIchael Snow, put me in mind of Rodney Graham–cool, cerebral, cosmic and silly.
Once again International House (I House) is the best venue in Philadelphia for films about art or by artists as well as early film classics. The upcoming season includes : Thursday, Sept. 23 films by the Lumière Brothers and Georges Méliès. The beginnings of French cinema that established many of its conventions. Méliès particularly loved special effects.
We met Aaron Levy over coffee a while back to talk about theory. Levy, if you don’t know him, is the executive director of Slought Foundation, the gallery and event space with intellectual chops just on the edge of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. He’s also a curator and, what we didn’t expect to hear, a red diaper baby. He grew up in a dialectical vegetarian household that didn’t celebrate holidays, and at age 30-something he’d just been to his first Thanksgiving dinner, with friends, in New York.
Poets make great art critics. As metaphor-makers themselves they respond to the metaphorical realm of visual art in a direct way and can often write eloquently about it.
The big news about Solitary Pleasures at Slought is not the graphic content showing masturbation, although there is plenty of that. The news is that two powerful works by 70s era feminist artists Carolee Schneemann and VALIE EXPORT create a zone of inquiry about taboos that is well beyond the titter and haha stage usually reached when the subject of onanism comes up.Next Page »