News – Hennessy Youngman wants your art, Tony Auth at the Michener, opportunities and more!

Post by Chip Schwartz and Alyssa Greenberg


Jayson Musson in Interview Magazine

Jayson Musson
Jayson Musson, photo by Natasha Phillips for Interview Magazine

Interview Magazine recently featured the ever intriguing Jayson Musson (who you may also know by his alter ego Hennessy Youngman). The interview comes right before his upcoming show at Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea. He delves into his Youngman character and explains how the art commentator came about. Hennessy Youngman, by the way, is curating a show at Maurizio Cattelan’s new gallery, Family Business, also in Chelsea, which should be pretty wild, to say the least. Check out the call for entries video here for the lowdown.

Skookul Philadelphia maps
Mike McCarthy’s new website has some pretty great new services available. For those of you taking SEPTA to art openings (or anywhere else for that matter), the site has real-time bus, train, and trolley locators to keep things convenient and on time. There is also a fun and informative “Now & Then” map which includes archival and current photos from locations all over the city.  Mike’s Skookul site was featured recently on

There are a couple of good-looking lectures coming up: artist Matthew Day Jackson will be speaking at UPenn courtesy PennDesign. The talk is on March 28 at 6:30 PM in Meyerson Hall. Haverford College will be hosting Ted Purves for his lecture Melees and Other Social Forms: The Implosion of Art, Life, and Gaming on March 26 at 4:30. The lecture deals with gaming in American culture, and there will also be a short Dungeons and Dragons game on Tuesday, March 27 followed by a conversation about the games social forms.

Andy Warhol cosmetics?
Warhol Cosmetics
Yes, you read that correctly – Warhol cosmetics. The Andy Warhol Foundation has just sold a license to the faabulous artist’s name for a line of  blush and eye shadow by cosmetics giant Nars. The makeup should pair well with the Andy Warhol perfumes released a few years back by Bond. We have a feeling Warhol would approve.

Tony Auth leaves Phila Inquirer
Cartoonist Tony Auth has announced he will be leaving the Philadelphia Inquirer at the end of March to work with WHYY/Newsworks where he will continue to draw political cartoons. He also has an upcoming retrospective of his 40-year career at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown which opens on June 2.

Lenore Malen at Tufts University
Artist Lenore Malen, who previously showed in Philadelphia at Slought, is part of a panel that accompanies her show at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The lecture entitled “Between Human and Animal” will take place on March 28 from 4 – 6 PM.

Black comic convention returns to Philly
The 11th annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention is back in Philadelphia on May 19 from 11 AM – 7 PM.  The convention is at the Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St.  Tickets at the door are $10.
Joe Boruchow designs storefront

Joe Boruchow
Joe Boruchow’s storefront design

Ubiquitous Philly street artist Joe Boruchow recently was invited by Fleisher Art Memorial to collaborate with (also street artist) Nose Go and work with teens in their Teen Lounge program and design a storefront at 415 South Street. Stop by to check out the new look — nice picture here on Streets Department!

Le Meridien art exhibit
The Le Meridien Hotel at 1421 Arch Street has an exhibit in their lobby featuring artists: Liz Goldberg, Bradford Carmichael, Lynne Filion, Benjamin Gonzales, and Angela McQuillan. The work will be on display until May 30.

Edible Book Festival
The second annual Edible Book Festival ( a worldwide festival that always takes place on April 1) is happening in Philadelphia at the Queen Village Art Center, 514 Bainbridge Street on April 1 from 4 -6 PM. Stop by for refreshments, crafts, and, of course, edible books. Vote for your favorite and then eat it!  If you’d like to participate, or want more information, check out the Philadelphia Center for the Book website.


The Charlotte Street Foundation is offering Curatorial Residencies at its Paragraph Gallery + Project Space in Kansas City. The selected curator/s will be awarded full use of the gallery and space as a venue and platform for exploring and sharing their ideas with the Kansas City arts community. Details on how to apply can be found on their website.

Applications are being accepted for the second edition of the biennial Future Generation Art Prize, launched by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009. The winner will be announced in December 2012, coinciding with an exhibition of the shortlisted artists at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev from October 2012 to January 2013. Artists may submit applications at from February 6 to May 6, 2012. The panel of jurors for the 2012 prize will be announced along with names of the artists shortlisted for the Prize.

Barcelona A.I.R. Jiwar Creation and Society is hosting an open call offering a residency for artists in a house designated as part of the City of Barcelona’s Architectural Heritage. The project, based in the Arab tradition of Jiwar (neighborhood), seeks to foster a creative and sustainable relationship between the artists and the residents of the neighborhood. Artists selected for residency will be invited to share their work with the people of Gràcia.

Available studio at the Asian Arts Initiative.

The Asian Arts Initiative has space for rent, including studios, the gallery, and theater space. For more information about the different options available or for questions about both short-term or long-term space rentals, contact Sarah Chandler, Facilities Manager at (215) 557-0455 ext. 232 or email

Artist News

Judy Gelles
Judy Gelles, “4th Grade.”

InLiquid member Judy Gelles is seeking connections for additional schools to participate in her ongoing “4th Grade” project, for which she most recently spent a week interviewing and photographing a class at an all Hispanic school and will continue in May when she returns to LA to add two new schools to the project. The Bernstein Gallery at Princeton University is interested in exhibiting her work next year.

Leaf Dona Nelson
Dona Nelson, “Leaf.” 2003. 88×106 inches, cloth and acrylic on canvas.

Tyler School of Art Professor Dona Nelson‘s work will be shown in an exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery along with Susan Hartnett, Ralph Humphrey and Marilyn Lerner; the show opened on March 22 and runs until April 22.

Zoe Strauss’s show Ten Years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is featured in the March 2012 issue of Art in America (big spread with pictures!). And the catalog for that show is an Amazon Best Books of the Month!