News and Opportunities: Claudia Gould @ Jewish Museum, Milwaukee in New York pop-up, Tayyib Smith and more


Claudia Gould leaves ICA to become director of Jewish Museum
The current director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Claudia Gould, was just appointed director of New York’s Jewish Museum. Gould assumes the post this fall, and ICA is putting together a search committee to look for a replacement. Under Gould, ICA tripled its exhibitions and staff and doubled its attendance. The Jewish Musuem hopes to broaden its audience with her guidance.

Milwaukee gallery shows in NYC
Art in America reports that the Green Gallery, a Milwaukee hub for conceptual art, popped up at New York’s 47 Canal for a multi-week exhibition (the show’s finished Aug 28 so get over there if you’re interested in some Milwaukee conceptual art).MilwaukeeThe exhibit was described by one of the Green Gallery owners, Jake Palmert, as a sort of “Midwest rummage sale”. Some artists that have worked with the gallery and are expected to be in the show are: Michelle Grabner, Scott Reeder, and Spencer Sweeney.

Visa restrictions hinder visiting artists
A former curator at Tate Modern in London told The Independent on condition of anonymity that tough visa rules are squelching creative flow to the UK. The new rules set forth in 2008 come with tougher restrictions on temporary workers. This has led to the refusal of visas for artists, and deportation of artists, photographers, and musicians.

Tayyib Smith interview on Flying Kite
Little Giant and Two.One.Five Magazine founder Tayyib Smith gets a nice spread at Flying Kite (the website, not an actual kite).

Tayyib Smith
Tayyib Smith

Smith is very interested in the image Philadelphia presents to its residents as well as to the national and international community. He thinks – rightfully so – that the city’s creative individuals are at the crest of a wave of economic and artistic growth in Philly. Read the full interview here.

“Honey, this isn’t your Grandmother’s BINGO!”
Are you a Glee fan? Do you love bingo? Want to support a great cause? Then come out (pun intended) on September 10 for the AIDS Fund‘s Gleek Gay Bingo!

Gleek Gay Bingo

Doors open at 6pm and festivities begin at 7 PM at the Gershman Y (401 S. Broad) at the intersection of Broad & Pine. For all the details on Gay Bingo, visit this page.

8static on Knight Arts
Yours truly recently delved into Philly’s chiptune (no relation) scene in an article published on the Knight Arts blog.

Ro-Bear performing at 8static. Photo by Ben Mason.

8static is the name of the game, and armed with an arsenal of Game Boys, computer equipment, and instrumentation, these characters sure know how to play. Check out my article about 8static here.

Feline photographer?
In Seattle, a new star rises to the top of the photography world. ArtInfo reports that a certain feline, Cooper, has been taking shots with his owners’ digital camera which they very graciously attached to his collar and set on auto click. Check out Cooper’s Facebook page to get insight into the musings of the feline.


The Print Center has an open call for its 86th annual competition in photography. This year’s exhibition will be online only, for the first time–interesting! Prizes include $3,000 and a (real world) exhibition at the Print Center. The deadline is October 19. Visit the competition site for the lowdown.

PNC Arts Alive,, and Live Arts/Philly Fringe are also holding a photo competition — this one focused exclusively on the Philly Fringe and Live Arts Festival. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: performers, box office, and shots (of the photographic variety) at the bar. Contest runs from September 2 – 17. Visit the competition site for details.

30th Street Plaza
The concept of the new 30th Street Plaza

Name that plaza! The new public space at 30th Street Station – and gateway to University City – needs a name. That’s why the University City District is turning to you. Entries must be in by September 30. Prizes include $500 worth of Amtrak tickets. After you check out the rules, send your ideas to

MuraLAB and Breadboard have a residency available to fabricate public art concepts with lighting elements at NextFab. There is a $2,000 stipend and the application ends on October 3. See the request for proposals site for more.

Join the Philadelphia Public Art Program Artist Registry! Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies consult the registry as opportunities become available. The registry will keep a record of your work for easy access.  Unfortunately the registry is not online.  Send your CD and paperwork by snailmail.  Details at the website. — which is a great art opportunity aggregator site —  announces a juried exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. Entitled Natural Playground, the subject matter involves outdoor activities and recreation such as skiing, boating, rock climbing, or anything else you can think of! Submissions close September 13.

Artist News

Mike Slobot’s robots are toy-sized prototype human good guys. His most recent commission Transporter-2 is a wheelchair robot.  The 15″ tall piece explores how robots of the future might serve practical purposes.


Dave McShane’s new Phillies mural on the history of the team, for a wall at 24th and Walnut facing the Schuylkill Expressway, recently got the green light.  The design gets unveiled Sept. 15.  As the mural progresses, there will be more about it at the Mural Arts website.

Margery Amdur will be transforming the Spring Garden SEPTA station’s floor into a bright mural. The station will be closed the weekend of September 9 for installation. Visit Projects Gallery on First Friday, October 7 to meet the artist and see more of her artwork.

Pepon Osorio
Pepón Osorio, “Drowned in a Glass of Water” (detail), 2010, mixed media installation.

Pepón Osorio will be showing work at the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York from September 10 – October 22.  Always amazing to look at and loaded with ideas, if you’re in New York or going, don’t miss it.

Resistine Albo Jeavons

Albo Jeavons has been perpetrating print vandalisms of the Sistine Chapel in a series he calls ReSistine. Jeavons will be having an open studio and a showing of his new prints from September 16 – 18. See Com.Post.Modern.Art. for details.

Colin Keefe, co-founder of Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space with Andrea Wohl Keefe, will be taking part in the Affordable Art Fair in NYC from September 21 – 25.

Erin Murray has two upcoming shows. First, Strata a two-person exhibit at Cerulean Arts from August 31 – October 1. Second, she will be part of the Solo Series at the Abington Art Center from September 10 – November 27.

Dolores Poacelli will be showing at Gloucester County College in Sewell, NJ from September 9 – October 14.

Joe Leroux is in the sculpture exhibit Material and Metaphor at Cleveland State University opening Sept. 2. We recently interviewed Leroux and his girlfriend Stacey Lee Webber for a podcast.