News – OLIN to redesign Met Museum’s plaza, Print Center grant, and more!


Slavs and Tartars, PrayWay, 2012. silk and wool carpet, MDF, steel, neon

Artblog news
This week Artblog visited The Ungovernables, the second triennial of emerging artists organized by the New Museum in New York. You can see some images from the show here and stay-tuned for the upcoming review. It’s back to NYC on the 27th for the press opening of the Whitney Biennial. And we just learned that Artblog was featured on’s list of Philly Non-Profit blogs. The site dedicated to helping non-profits likes what we’re doing here at Artblog and we’re glad!

In the Media
The local voice of young Philly culture, Cred Magazine, organized through the Village of Arts and Humanities, has been flying off the shelves from all of its 95 locations, according to the report they sent out. Released three time a year in January, May, and October, the magazine is expected to reach more than 30,000 Philadelphia residents.  Check out the sophisticated and photo-rich magazine online.  Cred is now accepting ads, in case you’re interested in supporting the cause.

Reimagining Urban Highways
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is hosting a lecture about the future of urban highways. After decades of neglect and a fast changing culture, how should the highways that fragment many large urban areas be utilized? This panel discussion will look at successful urban highway removal projects in Milwaukee, New Haven, and Providence and explore ways of mitigating highways in Philadelphia (I-95 anyone?) and the Bronx.

OLIN chosen to redesign the Met Museum’s plaza on 5th Ave.

OLIN Metropolitan Museum Plaza
Artist’s rendering of the proposed renovations to the Met Museum’s plaza.

Phildelphia-based landscape architecture and urban design firm OLIN was selected by the The Metropolitan Museum of Art to lead renovations of the four-block-long Fifth Avenue plaza – one of the most important public spaces in New York.  Olin is also in charge of the new Dilworth Plaza project here.

Print Center news
The Print Center received a challenge grant of $50,000 from philanthropist Gerry Lenfest.  The money will go far towards putting the non-profit on stable footing for the future. Also at  the Print Center, an upcoming artist discussion with Gabriel Martinez and Chad States on Feb. 23 at 6 PM sounds like a good one.


The Art Hackathon organized by Hive76 on March 10 and 11 sounds pretty great. Based on the Work of Art contest on Bravo, the Hackathon challenges artists or artist teams to create something with the recyclable materials provided — cardboard, glue, tape, spray paint, and more. Hive76 will dictate a theme for the projects and the cost of the two-day hackathon is $25, which covers materials — and food.

Mt. Airy has a pop-up space available for artists and artisans to rent for $150 per extended weekend. Here’s a description: The corner storefront space has big picture windows, warm natural pigment plaster walls, bamboo floors, and a sink. Ceilings 9 and 10’ high. The building is across the street from the original Weaver’s Way Coop and the pop-ups share space with the Moving Arts of Mt. Airy. Contact Pam Rogow at or call 215 842-1040 for more information.

Artist News

In CAA News – Going to the CAA annual conference in Los Angeles?  Here’s a couple things to check out. Diedra Krieger brings her project about the heartbreak of rejection — Building Backbones — to the CAA Art Exchange. In the project, artists read out loud, in unison, their rejection letters from exhibitions, residencies, foundations, etc. To participate e-mail your rejection letter to Also at the CAA meeting, Hana Iverson  and Drexel prof (and Breadboard‘s Dan Schimmel’s partner) Mimi Sheller co-curated an augmented reality art show along with LA based artist Jeremy Hight.  One of the projects in the show, Mechanics of Place, is a joint effort by Iverson and Sarah Drury, also a Philadelphia artist. More on all the cell phone projects here.

Chris Davison
Chris Davison, “Weighs Options (Seated Boy)”, 2011.

Chris Davison’s first solo show with Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles opens Feb. 25.

Katie Murken
Katie Murken, “Half-listening”.

Two Philly artists won the top prizes at William Paterson University‘s American Impressions 2012. Katie Murken took the grand prize and will receive a solo show in 2013. Ryan Parker received first prize. The show was curated by Elizabeth F. Spungen, executive director of the Print Center.