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So many great lectures, so little time!!!


These are the lectures we dream of attending. Even if we divide up the list so we take turns going to things, we still can’t get to all of them. An outstanding group, pared down to the basic faves of R&L. (By the way, we are awaiting Tyler School of Art’s list–they are still confirming some “juicy” things, we’re told, so stay tuned for moooooore.)


Artist Peter Saul’s corrosive, cartoony paintings that comment on himself and pop culture have finally gotten the recognition they deserve. Even when under-recognized, he has been a major influence. To highlight the only East Coast showing of Peter Saul: A Retrospective, which includes 60 paintings and drawings from 1958 to the present, PAFA has organized the coolest programs in town. Check it out!!!

November 1
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“On the Limits and Possibilities of Politics in Art”
Listen to this amazing group of speakers—-Laylah Ali, Enrique Chagoya, Sue Coe, Daniel Heyman, Jane Irish, Peter Saul, Art Spiegelman, David Carrier, Pat Hills, and PAFA Curator of Modern Art Robert Cozzolino. Woooowhooooo!!!!
Members: $20
Non-members: $35
Students with ID: $15
For reservations, call 215-972-0522.

November 15-16
Master Class
Peter Saul will teach a two-day master class at PAFA through the Continuing Education program.

Tuition $650
For further information, call 215-972-7632.October 24, 6 p.m.
Art Student Mixer includes music by Bardo Pond, exhibition viewing, and remarks by PAFA’s Robert Cozzolino.

Free to currently enrolled college students.

Reservations 215-972-0522.

November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Lecture by Dan Cameron, curator of Peter Saul: A Retrospective
Members: $10
Non-members: $15
Students with ID: $7

December 5, 6 p.m.
Lecture by Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale University School of Art
Members: $10
Non-members: $15
Students with ID: $7

December 12, 6 p.m.
Discussion with Chris Ware and PAFA’s Robert Cozzolino. Ware is author of the comic strip, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.
Members: $10
Non-members: $15
Students with ID: $7
For reservations, call 215-972-0522.

PAFA Art-at-Lunch Lectures

Wednesdays at Noon
Free admission:

October 22
David McCarthy, Rhodes College
“Dirty Freaks and High School Punks: Americans in Vietnam with Peter Saul”

December 3
Robert Cozzolino, PAFA
“Peter Saul Makes a Painting: Method and Meaning in Saul’s Gross Clinic”


All events 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meyerson Hall 210 S. 34th Street Rm B3 (except cartoon artist Charles Burns, who will be in B1 Meyerson)

Mark Shetabi
Tuesday October 14

Thomas Nozkowski
Thursday October 16

Karen Yasinsky
Tuesday October 28th

Charles Burns (joint with ICA)

Rm B1 Meyerson
Monday, October 27th

Monday November 6th

William Cordova
Monday November 3

All events are held at ICA, unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public.

Whenever Wednesday:

Lecture: What Is Contemporary?
wed oct 15 7pm

ICA Curator Ingrid Schaffner discusses our favorite topic–what is contemporary. Look for both of us at this one!!!

Whenever Wednesday:

Film: Crumb by Terry Zwigoff
wed oct 22 7pm
International House, 3701 Chestnut St.

Lecture: Charles Burns (joint with Penn Design)
mon oct 27 5:30pm

Meyerson Hall B1, 201 South 34th Street

Whenever Wednesday:

Conversation: Odili Donald Odita and Roald Nasgaard
wed oct 29 7pm

Whenever Wednesday:

Performance: Minicomic Pile Up
wed nov 12 @ 7pm
Music and mini underground comix organized by Vox Pop alum Paul Swenbeck
FREE to members & Penn Students, $5 general admission


Slide Lecture and Bike Demo:

October 18 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Trophy Bikes 3131 Walnut Street
After the lecture, test ride the bikes!

Admission: Free
For More Information: 215.222.2020


Panel Discussion: “Toy Camera: Beyond Cult”

Oct. 17, 6:45 pm
1305 Germantown Ave.
In conjunction with “Toyland” at Nexus
Panelists: Rita Bernstein, Chris Macan, Diana Bloomfield, Andy Benson, and moderator Susan Arthur Whitson.

$10 for General Public/Free for Students


Panel Discussion:

The Relevance of Art in an Age of Global Warming
Saturday, October 11, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Stewart Auditorium
free and open to the public
Slide Lecture
Mary McFadden – Goddesses, Symbols and Ancient Textiles

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
free and open to the public


Panel Discussion–art, craft, design
Making, Meaning and the Marketplace
Oct. 23, 4-6 pm
Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St.
Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium

Panelists — Judith Schaechter, Adam Wallacavage, Daniel Michalik, Sue Blatt, and Claudia Mills
Contact Information:
Tracy Farquhar


Purchase tickets by phone or in person at the Museum’s Visitor Services desks. Call (215) 235-SHOW (7469). A nonrefundable service charge for each space reserved is added to all phone orders (Members $2.50, Nonmembers $3.00). There is no service charge for reservations made in the Museum.


Is Art Worth a Life? Hitler, War, and the Monuments Men
Sunday, November 23, 2008
3:00 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Robert M. Edsel, co-producer of the documentary film The Rape of Europa, speaks about the film and the rescue of Nazi-looted art.
Free tickets required after museum admission

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (Arts and Business Council)

Panel Discussion
A Good Design—Legal Info for Successful Artists
Thursday, Nov. 6, 4-6 pm

• How to copyright and protect your work
• Trademarks
• Artist-gallery contracts
• Music licensing
• Release agreements
• Any other questions you may have!

The Ethical Society Building
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
questions. 215.790.3806 or email


Graphic Novels Panel:
Art Spiegelman, Chip Kidd, Jessica Abel, Charles Burns & David Heatley
Thursday, November 6, 2008

Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103
Cost: FREE
No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.


William Labov
Language Change in America
A Modern Reflex of Yankee Cultural Imperialism
Wed. Oct. 15
5:00–6:30 pm

Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Register (required)
Free and open to the public.