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What we want to see Friday…and Thursday, too


Let’s start with Thursday:


Circle in the Rain.jpg
Eileen Neff, at ICA and Locks Gallery
Circle in the Rain, 2007
C-print mounted on aluminum
15 x 28 ½ inches
Courtesy of the artist and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

118 S. 36th St. Philadelphia
Opening reception — free and open to the public — Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-8 pm.

We’re going to listen to Guest-Curator Christian Marclay‘s melody makers–a world class ensemble of noise makers at ICA. From local music sculptor Terry Adkins to Doug Aitken to Yoko Ono, the sonic show will make a boom! Upstairs, local photographer Eileen Neff who captures trees that seem to want to speak and other ghostly intimations–not to be missed. Neff, by the way, will have a companion solo show at Locks Gallery Sept 7-29 (see Friday for more).


Robert Zakanitch at Locks Gallery
Red Squirrel (Lace Series), 2001
acrylic on canvas
55 x 69 inches

Robert Rahway Zakanitch at Locks Gallery
600 Washington Square South
Opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Painter of lace, Zakanitch recognizes lace as a cultural object and makes it current. More about community knitting itself together than about lace, Zakanitch’s works are surprises. And wait til you see the size–huge! Prehensile lace. And upstairs, as we mentioned above, Eileen Neff will have more of her mysterious digital photographs. Opening reception Friday, Sept. 7

Merrilee Challiss at Art Star.
1030 N. 2nd St., Unit 301
215 238 1557
Opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5-9pm

Mixed media paintings, prints and hand-made and printed tote bags by the former Spector Gallery and Vox Pop artist with an impressive resume. Art Star gets props for continuing its great exhibition program along with its cute boutique tchotchkas. Bring your skateboard or bike–this venue’s in the East Girard Arts Corridor (aka Northern Northern Liberties).

Extra Curricular at Topstitch
Extra Curricular at Topstitch

Extra-Curricular at Topstitch
311 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Opening reception September 7th from 6 – 10 PM
Illustration show on the topic of back to school —with a great lineup including Derek Ihnat, Hawk Krall, Jayson Scott Musson, Carrie Powell, Damian Weinkratz, Shira Walinsky and way, way more.

Khmer Art Gallery

319 N. 11th St. (at Wood St.–same bldg as Vox and Copy)
Philadelphia, PA
Opening Reception, September 7, 5 pm-9 pm

Local filmmaker and Temple MFA candidate Rini Yun Keagy will screen her film ,Yellow, at Khmer, a gallery devoted to Cambodian art work, old and new. The film explores ethnic identity and class issues.

There’s usually something good at Vox Populi and Copy and Space 1026 but at this time we have no information.


Some other things to see are Principles of Uncertainty a collaboration between filmmaker Nadia Hironaka, and Eugene Lew and Miro Dance Theatre (Amanda Miller and
Tobin Rothlein). Free and in the street (2rd and Race) at 7:45, 8:30 and 9:30 pm

Robert Straight, at Schmidt-Dean Gallery
Untitled, 2007
37×34″ acrylic and laser cut paper on canvas

Robert Straight at Schmidt-Dean Gallery.
1710 Sansom St. 215 569 9433
opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Exquisite Corpse–collaborative paintings, show curated by John Freeborn
Painted Bride
230 Vine Street
Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 7 5-7 pm

Temple Gallery — Temple Gallery/Philagrafika collaborative show
259 N. 3rd Street
Opening Reception: September 7, 6 – 9 pm


Wind Fleisher Challenge 1
Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine Street
Opening Reception Saturday, September 8th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m