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News and Ops: Norway->NYC, Red Scare lecture, Philly Photo day, and more



Norway in NYC
Following our last news post about Milwaukee in New York, now you can catch a piece of Norway too!  NORWAY NOW in NYC opens at .NO Gallery at 253 E. Houston on Sept. 7.  The multimedia exhibit mirrors Oslo’s annual juried art exhibition Høstutstillingen. The New York show had almost 600 submissions, but the jurors Koan Jeff Baysa and Omar Lopez-Chahoud narrowed it down to six artists. Opening reception is September 7 from 6 – 10 PM and the show runs until October 2.

Norway in NYC

Red Scare era lecture at Philadelphia Art Hotel
Daily Worker

San Francisco based Adrienne Skye Roberts gives a lecture at the Philadelphia Art Hotel on Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM as part of her PAH residency. Her project includes a new newspaper, based on the Daily Worker, a Communist Party newspaper for which her grandfather worked. He was arrested in 1953 for conspiracy to overthrow the government under McCarthy-era laws.

New work by Tom Price in D.C.

Tom Price, “Meltdown Chair 2008 PP Fleece”, composed of polyester clothing.

It’s almost time for Design Phladelphia, so here’s some nifty design by British artist and designer Tom Price, who’s having his first solo U.S. show at Industry in Washington D.C. Part of the exhibit will be Price’s intriguing “meltdown chairs,” which are made from amalgamations of various common plastic items (pvc pipes, etc) which are then pressed into an Eames chair-like form, using a specially-designed heated “former.” The exhibit opens on September 10 with an opening reception and a chance to meet the artist from 6 -8 PM and continues through October 22.

Cerealart featured on Ovation TV
Artist production company Cerealart was recently featured on an episode of My Design Life on Ovation TV. Host Lisa Roberts and her team explore the intermixture of design, art, and craft.

Women of Lancaster Avenue
The Philadelphia Women’s Caucus for Art presents a show in West Philly of nine female artists with diverse backgrounds. The Women of Lancaster Avenue exhibit will be held at Fattah Homes at 4017 Lancaster Avenue and runs from September 30 to October 30.

30 Americans @ Corcoran

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Bird On Money,” 1981. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 inches.

The Corcoran in D.C. opens a show of work by many of the most important African American contemporary artists of the last three decades. The show brings together multiple generations of artists whose works deal with topics of racial, sexual, and historical identity. “30 Americans” opens on October 1 and runs to February 12.

PPAC Philly Photo Day Kickstarter
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center‘s second annual Philly Photo Day is Friday, October 28. To fund the project, PPAC is asking you to lend a hand and donate to their Kickstarter campaign. “artblog is a sponsor of Philly Photo Day, and we’re very excited about it!” say Libby and Roberta. “Philly Photo Day is a great community event that’s open and free to all. Help support it!”

Michael Garden and The Print Center kick off fundraising
Michael Garden of CITYSPACE Realty just launched a fundraising venture that will benefit Philadelphia cultural organizations and independent artists. To start off, Garden is teaming up with The Print Center as the first official beneficiary of his fundraising. The inaugural benefit art opening is Sept 27, 6-9 pm at at 4 Squared, 819 North Fourth Street.

Bookspace on Knight Arts
Recently I delved into Frankford Avenue’s multi-purpose used book warehouse Bookspace on the Knight Arts Philadelphia blog. Bookspace obviously sells used books, but it also hosts its share of art, music, and performance events every month. Take a quick second to check out my article, but more importantly, check the Bookspace calendar for upcoming events!


Grizzly Grizzly has an open call for their November 2011 group show entitled “Other Possible Titles.” Work in any medium is encouraged. The deadline is October 1. See submission details here.

Win free tickets to the Popped! Music Festival with your excellent photos of FDR Park, the music festival’s location. The contest is sponsored by Flying Kite. Visit Flying Kite’s Facebook or Twitter pages and submit your best shots of FDR Park to Flying Kite for a chance at a pair of two day-passes to the festival!

Abington Art Center is inviting artists to submit ideas for solo or group shows in 2012. There is a $10 application fee, and the deadline is September 30. Submit a CD with 10 images of no larger than 1.5 MB or contact for more information.

Artist News

Dustin Metz
Dustin Metz, “Circle Forest.” oil on wood. 14″ diameter. 2011

Dustin Metz, Tyler grad and current MFA student at Rutgers New Brunswick, has a solo show at Pagus Gallery in Norristown. The show opens September 1, and the reception will be on Sunday September 11 from 1 to 4 PM.  Metz is a former student of Libby and Roberta when he was at Tyler.

Bonnie Brenda Scott has new art and installations on display in the group show “Strange Grip” at Baltimore’s NUDASHANK opening September 24.