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The wonderfulness of too much good stuff


It’s happened again. Into a crazy busy fall comes another night with too many great openings for any mortal to attend. Here’s a listing — and chances are I’ve missed some. I hope to run into you at some of them.

PAFA–Steve Powers, Space and the Flying Sutras!
Steve Powers
“Roaming”, 2007
Enamel on aluminum, 48 x 48 in.

STEVE POWERS in the Morris Gallery
First solo museum exhibit by the Philadelphia-born grafitti artist known for his tag ESPO (stands for Exterior Surface Painting Outreach) and for his more recent joint effort with Creative Time, the Dreamland Artist Club on Coney Island, a successful effort to bring art to the small shops and vending stands on the boardwalk. The Morris Gallery show, curated by PAFA Curator Alex Baker**, runs October 20 to January 27, 2008.
Reception Oct 19 6-8 pm
Space is the Place (Fisher Brooks Gallery)
Group show on the theme of space exploration featuring Laurie Anderson, Nina Katchadourian, Oleg Kulik, Julian LaVerdiere, Aleksandra Mir, and Jane and Louise Wilson and more. Oct. 20-Dec. 30.
Reception Oct 19 6-8 pm
The Flying Sutras: Bob Cozzolino (that would be PAFA Curator Robert Cozzolino) on percussion and George Draguns on guitar.
7 PM in the Hamilton auditorium (Furness building)
More on the Flying Sutras here here and here.

**Come say good bye to PAFA Curator Alex Baker who’s leaving us for the better surfing waters off Australia and a fantastic job as senior curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of
in Melbourne, Australia!

118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

LITTLE BERLIN – i cannot remember

Drawing by Jenny Kanzler from "i cannot remember" at Little Berlin
Drawing by Jenny Kanzler from “i cannot remember” at Little Berlin

1801 Howard St. resident Alison Nastasi curated this one at the new space Little Berlin (in 1801 Howard St). Artists featured are three who met in the MFA program at PAFA: Theresa Rose, Jenny Kanzler and Mariya Dimov. “Their approach to filling the space as well as sensitivity to their subject matter seems like a perfect match for little berlin,” says the press material.

Little Berlin

Reception Friday, October 19 from 6-10

Drawings by Gregory Brellochs; paintings by William Gannotta and Rebecca Saylor Sack. Show runs Oct. 19-Nov. 17.

Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine Street
opening reception
Friday, October 19th, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Kate Stewart at Philadelphia Art Institute
postcard announcing Kate Stewart’s show at the Art Institute.

Evacuation Vacation: New paintings, video and window installation by Kate Stewart.

Art Institute of Philadelphia

1622 Chestnut St.
800 275 2474
opening Friday, Oct. 19 5-8 pm

Slovakian Tradition and Pop Culture: Art of the Warhola Family
James Warhola, Uncle Andy's, A faabbbulous visit with Andy Warhol, illustrated children's book.jpg
Jamie Warhola’s book Uncle Andy’s: A faabbbulous visit with Andy Warhol

My friend, art historian Debra Miller curated this show of art made by the Warhola family members, you know, those folks related to Andy who dropped the a off the end of his name. Deb, who is the Director of DaVinci Art Alliance and a friend of the Warholas, showed nephew Jamie Warhola’s drawings from his children’s book “Uncle Andy’s: A faabbbulous visit with Andy Warhol” in 2003. I went to the show, bought a book and am in love with it–the style, the story, the colors, all terrific. See post and see my Weekly article.

The book details Jamie’s family’s visit to see their famous artist uncle in New York in 1962 when Jamie was a child. Jamie’s books will be available at the opening and the artist will be there to sign them. In addition to Jamie, other family members will have work on display: Andy’s brother Paul, nephew Marty, niece Madalen, and Madalen’s daughter and son-in-law Abby Hoover and Jesse Best. Works range from traditional folk art of Slovenia (where the family originated) to paintings, assemblages and t-shirts and other things. Show runs October 19-November 7, 2007

Smile Gallery
105 S. 22nd St.
opening reception: Friday, 19 October, 6-9 pm

Gallery Night
Oh yes. Friday, Oct. 19 is also Gallery Night in Center City — sponsored by the Cultural Alliance — which means all the galleries will be open late and they’re all hoping to see you there!