This past Thursday, Tyler School of Art alum, Edgar Heap of Birds (b.1954) presented a fascinating lecture about art and life to a huge crowd in Temple Contemporary Gallery. An internationally recognized artist, Heap of Birds’ conceptual art employs text, abstraction, and installation to reference his Native American identity and culture, or other global indigenous cultures. Heap of Birds is a professor of art and Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He has travelled widely to teach, live, and make work about the stories and lives of people whose cultures have been forcibly erased. Part of his practice ... More » »
Four laboratory mice escaped Emily Cobb’s imagination, exited the lab with a rope held aloft by blue balloons, and turned into a neckpiece. The rope wraps around the wearer’s neck, and the balloons sit like a stand-up collar. Emily begins the mice’s story: Four mice unaccounted for. One wire cage destroyed. Several ripped lab gloves found on table. Window ajar. Visitors to her exhibition, Legends, are encouraged to complete the tale. She provides blank books for that purpose, one for each piece of her exquisite, miniature sculptural jewelry, on display at the Philadelphia Art Alliance through Dec. 10, 2012. Visitors ... More » »
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 » »
“The most important thing art can do is create a conversation between people in a room.” Martha Rosler’s quote would appear to be an inspiration for artist Ashley Hunt and his talk at Temple Contemporary on September 10. The gallery was packed with professors, students, and art enthusiasts ready to engage in the discussion. “Questions of Art, Participation, and Social Engagement” was a conversation between Ashley Hunt, Philip Glahn, Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Aesthetics at Tyler and the audience. Glahn posed questions and led the discussion. The evening was planned as a discussion in four parts, but with ... More » »
Kate Coppola’s towering heaps of sinuous, interlocked clay animals in Beastward, her recent MFA exhibit at Tyler, are sensual puzzles. To say they have some of Bernini’s twisting, turning Baroque in them is an understatement. Beastward’s relationship to Animal Farm — where animal stand-ins for humans fight for power and suppress the small, weak and ignorant — is perhaps not intentional, but the heaving, writhing totems bespeak a moral tale where the big brutes win at the expense of the little guys. Coppola, who was a student of mine at St. Joseph’s University, plans to reclaim the unfired clay (none ... More » »
News In the MediaSharon Butler recently wrote a piece for M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues. Her essay Free Love considers why artists are drawn to social media. There are lots of other topics in the journal–worth checking out! Creative Capital has a new blog called The Lab. Former Philly writer and publisher of the The Philadelphia Independent Mattathias Schwartz has made an appearance in The New Yorker with an article about the origins and future of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Temple Gallery’s new director of exhibitions and public programs is a revolutionary. He doesn’t wear a beard or espouse tracts from the latest theory of the month, but Robert Blackson is on a mission — and the young artist-turned-gallery director is a whirlwind of ideas on how to fulfill it. He will democratize art; he will program for the general public; and he will turn the space into an incubator for dialog and action to make the world a better place. And he will lose the gallery reception desk, which he calls “the iceberg,” a white desk that has a ... More » »
Spring semester is when thesis shows bloom momentarily for BFAs and MFAs. We dash about trying to keep up and invariably fail, but our goal is to see who’s new, who’s ready, who’s interesting. With just three pieces in his BFA thesis show, Seriously Making Fun, Tyler senior Will Haughery is pretty convincing as someone to watch.
What started as a New York survey project of building surfaces, conducted by the Seattle duo Lead Pencil Studio, has led to an exploration of space which dances between architecture and art. Tyler School of Art’s Temple Gallery is currently hosting Lead Pencil’s show Surface Deposit (2010), which examines the build up of materials like pipes, conduits and lamps that encrust urban structures.
News on the curating front this morning: Tyler picked a director of exhibitions. Robert Blackson, American-born with lots of British and American curating experience, starts in January, according to Tyler spokesperson, Hester Stinnett. From their website: The Tyler School of Art of Temple University is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Blackson as the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs. Robert Stroker, Interim Dean announced the appointment today. “Rob has the ideas, energy and intellect required to expand the reach and creativity of our exhibition series and public programs. He brings to Tyler an impressive track record of truly ... More » »Next Page »