Lotsa breaking news

Philly rocking the ICA!!!
Megawords, the multi-tasking publishers and producers of hard-to-pigeonhole culture, is up to something, although we’re not sure what, as they hang out at the ICA in a show called One is the loneliest number. We know they are thinking about collaboration and that their presence at the ICA includes installation, performances, poetry, theory, video and other programming the Megawordsters have invited. Included in the posse of performers are video (and marriage) collaborators Nadia Hironaka and Matt Suib, also Philly people.
The show is April 21 through August 7.

Bill Walton, Scarty, Painted wood, gesso, 8 1/2 x 10 x 1 3/4 inches, from website

Also at the ICA, look for a Bill Walton solo show in the fall, according Miranda, the ICA’s  blog. Miranda reports that a student intern is cataloging every single object in the late sculptor’s studio–from slippers to tools.  Walton died about a year ago.

Gallery moves

Anne Seidman, image from

Schmidt/Dean‘s current show of work by Anne Seidman and by Krista Steinke is its last at the current location.  Rent went up and the building may be up for sale. Where to go? Old City was too far from where his clients live. So the gallery will be moving just a block or two away from his current location, to a building on Chestnut & 17th streets. The new place is on the 4th floor in a building with an elevator, and the gallery space has big windows, 18-foot tall ceilings with black beams, and 1600-square feet of gallery space–with an emphasis on square (i.e. not long and narrow).

Happy first birthday tonight to the Great and Terrible Collective which is also moving, but we’re not sure where, yet. For tonight, however, it is still in Kensington at 172 W. Montgomery Ave. So celebrate with them and with free beer and food, 6:30 to 9:30 (by time we get this up, the evening is half over, but there’s still time…).  If it doesn’t rain there will also be a bbq. The art will include performances and videos by Kerdieekrdaad and Sandy Frank respectively–and any artwork of your own that you bring along.

Possible Projects got its first show up ever in Philly, at 873 E. Thompson St! Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 pm and by appointment  The show, Cold Open, goes to May 1 and features work that uses the film narrative technique of dropping the viewer in the middle of a story without any intro or preparation.

Piffaro  is holding a contest for composers–rap meets the Renaissance. The First NEW R(en] Contest, A Mash-Up Composers Contest for All Ages & Skills is accepting entries through May 1.  Start with renaissance music and remix.

ArtPrize, the public art event/competition in Grand Rapids, MI, is once again calling for artists to submit their work. The $500,000 in prizes are determined by vox populi, not the usual art world insiders.

Art theory book club forms in West Philly
Manya Scheps and Becket Flannery are starting a book club called Talking Pictures.  First book up, Gilles Deleuze’s Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation. That should give you a sense of what they have in mind.
If you’re interested, contact Manya at

Help Japan
Play for Japan is a Japan Relief concert in Booklyn. We mention it because Marginal Utility‘s Yuka Yokayama is one of the organizers. And among the performers is the inimitable Hennessey Youngman, aka Jayson Musson. 100% of the admission will go to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The venue Public Assembly will donate 10% of bar proceeds to the Relief Fund. Other performances by Zugunruhe Sounds, Little Band of Sailors, Young Boys and Borts Minorts.
 Sunday 24 April, 8:30PM (door opens at 8:00pm)
at PUBLIC ASSEMBLY: 70 North 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Admission: $20 at the door.

We party for books
graphicunconsciouscatalogSpeaking of books, The Graphic Unconscious (Philagrafika 2010) exhibition catalog is having a book-launch party May 5, 4:30-8 p.m. at 1616 Walnut St., Suite 918. Light fare and drinks and no shipping and handling charges if you purchase the $30. book that evening. Yes, there’s tax, of course, seeing as it’s Philadelphia.

A Guggenheim in town

Katherine Bradford, Ocean Liners, 2008 Oil on canvas 24h x 21w in. Image from

PAFA graduate faculty member Katherine Bradford has won a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Fine Arts.