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Manuel Álvarez Bravo, "Day of the Dead, (Día de Todos Muertos)," 1933, Gelatin silver print, University of Pennsylvania Art Collection, Gift of Walter Grossman.

Through the lens — Paul Strand and Elizabeth Catlett show Mexico’s people and culture

[Marvin explores celebrated photographer Paul Strand’s Mexican photogravure work and Taller de Gráfica lithographs by Francisco Mora, Elizabeth Catlett, and others. The two shows offer diverging views–micro and macro–of Mexico’s beauty, struggle, and daily life. — the artblog editors]  Drug cartels, mass murders, political unrest, and spring breakers…? Beyond the current turbulent state of Mexico, we often forget the country’s period of artistic explosion in the early to mid-20th century, which contributed to the modern era. Mexico during a critical time Two shows, at two different venues, look at Mexico’s people and culture during the 1930s and 1940s. Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio is ... More » »

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Artblog’s IndieGoGo campaign seeks your help for the Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) Project

Today we launch a fundraising campaign to underwrite the costs of the Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) Project, our art and community project seeded by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation. Visit The Artblog IndieGoGo page and contribute to support this worthwhile art and community project and help sustain it beyond 2015! Does an artist have a social responsibility to the community in which they live?  The Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) class, a new project of The Artblog, unites teens from the Philadelphia School District and undergrads from area colleges to investigate questions about art’s role in society. Some examples ... More » »

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Itinerant Belongings, a group show by Slought and UPenn

[Evan, who has been walking a lot lately, explores another group show set between spaces–one that’s meant to open our eyes to the many different meanings of “home” and place. — the artblog editors] Itinerant Belongings, the latest collaborative exhibition between Slought Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania, endeavors to explore the physical and immaterial natures of belonging and home through a mixture of photography, video, and drawn imagery. Highlighting the plight of homelessness and its evolution over the past few decades; the effect of a growing homeless population on our definition and delineation of public and private spaces; and ... More » »

Sean Buffington, the president of The University of the Arts, in a conference room at the school. Buffington is one of just a handful of openly-gay university presidents. (Eric Mencher/Staff) ERIC MENCHER/Inquirer.

News post – Dupree Studios defeated by govt, Sean Buffington steps down, MFAs dazzle at Montclair, opportunities and more!

News Sean T. Buffington, who’s been president of the University of the Arts since 2007, is leaving in January. As a friend of artblog, we are happy for his new position with the Luce Foundation in NY, but will definitely miss him. Good luck, Sean! Our Quarterly Newsletter is coming out later this week, which you can sign up for in advance! Expect to find some new items and a roundup of great posts from the last quarter on artblog.   If you’ve been in the market for a screenprint by Tim Eads, consider the latest offer from Pentimenti Gallery. They are ... More » »

From “Faces of Independence: Liberty Resources 30th Anniversary Project”

Philly photographer Harvey Finkle schools Penn law students on the art of protest

(Sam takes in a roundtable discussion at University of Pennsylvania about activism and art and hears Harvey Finkle talk about his activist photographs, which speak loudly of people in protest over civil and human rights.–the artblog editors) The words and work of social worker turned photographer Harvey Finkle were perhaps the most valuable lesson offered at the recent day-long round table on “visual legal advocacy” held at the University of Pennsylvania law school. “Preparing to Protest: Direct Action, The Arts of Protest and Media Impact,” organized by Professor Regina Austin, featured Finkle as a panelist. Law students learned how protest ... More » »


From the vault – Public art in New York and Philadelphia raise questions about ownership and maintenance

In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you posts from past years. In January, 2004, we were viewing different instances of public art in Philadelphia and New York. Libby took issue with Penn’s commissioned work by Jenny Holzer, a far cry from her controversial ‘Truisms,’ while Roberta visited an out-of-order Creative Time installation. Century 21 even had some ‘word art’! ——————————- Corporation makes “art” By libby January 8, 2004 The University of Pennsylvania bought itself a Jenny Holzer. No, that’s not right. The University of Pennsylvania paid Jenny Holzer and put her name on a walkway with benches where ... More » »

Under “Cultural Resources,” one option is resident artists – shown above. The dark blue areas have the max, 22 or more resident artists.

Philadelphia gets broken down into CultureBlocks – a new online research tool

Resident artists of Philadelphia: yes, you are being tracked by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Resident artists is one of 50 cultural data sets mapped out in “CultureBlocks,” an interactive map of Philadelphia’s cultural assets that the city officially launched on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The purpose of CultureBlocks Based on data from the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP), CultureBlocks is a map of cultural institutions and assets throughout Philadelphia. It’s not aimed at tourists or the art-viewing audience looking for a good show on a First Friday; CultureBlocks is actually intended as a ... More » »

Photo of Ross McElwee at the lecture.

Photographic Memory, the latest film by Ross McElwee

“It is highly ironic that I complain about my son’s use of technology when I stick a camera in his face.” –Ross McElwee Lecture room 401 was packed Thursday, Nov. 8, for Ross McElwee’s screening and discussion of his latest film, Photographic Memory. Professors and film students filled most of the seats in Fisher-Bennet Hall at the University of Pennsylvania.  They were clearly admirers and scholars of his work. Respected for his voice in the cinéma vérité movement, McElwee is known for opening his personal world in his films, incorporating home videos and reflective voice-overs and reflecting these familial narratives ... More » »

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News: Pew Fellows, new Art Alliance director, Lancaster Ave. storefront opportunity and more!

News 2011 Pew Fellows announced-Congratulations! The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage has announced its Pew Fellowships in the Arts recipients for 2011: Charles Cohen (electronic musician and composer) CAConrad (poet) Jorge Cousineau (set designer) Joy Feasley (visual artist) Chris Forsyth (guitarist and composer) Jane Irish (visual artist) Tania Isaac (choreographer) Pattie McCarthy (poet) Brian Philips (architect) Tim Portlock (visual artist) Matthew Suib (visual artist) Jamaaladeen Tacuma (visual artist free-jazz bassist, composer, and band leader)

Jared Diamond, speaking April 6, Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania

Jared Diamond – Collapse and political will at the Philomathean Society’s annual talk

Irvine Auditorium was full for UCLA physiology professor Jared Diamond‘s talk last week. The talk was the Philomathean Society‘s Annual Oration on the theme of water, and the Pulitizer Prize winning author of Guns, Germs and Steel (1997) talked about the role of water management in the collapse of civilizations. As topical as tsunami or Hurricane Katrina, water management, done well, as it is in Iceland or the Netherlands can help a society flourish for thousands of years. Mis-managed, as it was for years in New Orleans’ inadequate levee system the result is billions of dollars of reparations and a ... More » »

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