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Save the Dates; Upcoming events around Philly


In connection with the Exhibition, Possible Cities; Africa in photography and video at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery March 18 – April 29, 2011, a symposium, Imaging Africa will be held on Saturday,  March 19, 10:45am-3:15 pm. bringing together leading curators, filmmakers, critics, and scholars to discuss the current status of African visual culture. The exhibition aims to challenge representation of Africa as either traditional utopia or postcolonial dystopia, offering a more complicated picture of African cosmopolitanism.

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Guy Tillim ‘Administration Building, Antsirana, Madagascar’ (2007) pigment print.

Friday, March 25 at 6:30 pm Sheila Hicks will speak about her work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (more information here).  The lecture is in connection with the retrospective Sheila Hicks 50 Years March 24 – August 7, 2011 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, U Penn. Hicks is a sculptor and installation artist whose original training in fiber arts, and residence in Paris,  is probably the reason that her distinctive and ambitious work has not been sufficiently exhibited in U.S. museums. She has done many large installations commissioned for permanent view.

Sheila Hicks ‘La Clef’ (1988) rubber bands, metal key; 9 1/2 x 6’’ private collection

April 16 at 5 and 7:30 pm, International House will show a two-part program: Independent Artists Movement in Cinamatography; Origins in Avant-garde film, including work by Alberto Cavalcanti, Marcel Fabre, Hans Richter and others.

Hans Richter still from ‘Race Symphony’ (1928)

April 21 at 7 pm, International House, will screen Monument of Sugar: How to use artistic means to elude trade barriers, Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan’s intervention in the EU’s trade barrier on sugar imports in the form of sugar sculpture.

April 28-30 Pop Cinema: Art + Film in the UK and US 1950s-1970s, at International House, includes three screenings and a panel discussion.  The April 28, 7 pm  screening focuses on UK pop and includes work by Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz, Ken Russell and others; April 20, 7 pm will be US filmmakers including Robert Breer, Stan Vanderbeek, Bruce Connor; April 30 will have a panel a 2pm with artist Derek Boshier and several film historians then at 7 pm films by Boshier and Peter Whitehead with Nikki de Saint Phalle.

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Robert Breer still from ‘Recreation’ (1956)


Saturday, May 14, 8 pm at International House Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib and C Spencer Yeh present a multimedia event that revisits the spectacle  of Expo 67. It will include performance, text and lecture in addition to projected imagery.  The subject centers on the role of the artist and revolutionary relative to historical developments in global politics and media.

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Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, cropped detail from ‘The Soft Epic or: Savages of the Pacific West’ (2008)