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News post – Burko & Ryan go north, Artblog-Green Line’s joint b-day, Frank Hyder’s 2-part MICA show, opportunities and more!



It’s not every year you get to celebrate the same milestone birthday as your favorite neighborhood institution, but this year the privilege falls to the Artblog and the Green Line Cafe . Both of us turn ten this year! We’re teaming up with Green Line for a show-up-and-show event, Unfiltered, opening Oct. 19, and, as you’d expect, we need visual artists to celebrate with us. That day, bring your work to The Green Line on Locust, and see it on the wall! Overflow pieces go into a flatfile on site that visitors can access. Check back here about what to bring and show. Hope to see you there!

Theaster Gates, Dorchester Projects (2008–ongoing), Chicago. Photo by James W. Toftness.
Theaster Gates, Dorchester Projects (2008–ongoing), Chicago. Photo by James W. Toftness.

On September 18, the Vera List Center pays tribute to Theaster Gates, recipient of the center’s inaugural Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The expected-to-be-sold-out celebration includes the artist’s lecture, a contribution from Yoko Ono and a festive opening for the gallery presentation Theaster Gates. A Way of Working prior to the lecture, from 5 to 6:30 pm. Gates is giving a keynote address.  In addition, on September 18 from 10am to 2:30pm and September 19 from 10am to 1pm there is a public forum on Theaster’s work Dorchester Projects (for which Gates won the Center’s Prize).

Tom Judd’s new work “Leap” is now up on a billboard over the Liao Collection’s home on 310 N. 11th St. There’s a planned celebration and reception on September 21 from 6 – 8 PM.

This year, the Graduate Studies Department at Moore’s MFA in Studio Art program plays host to the annual Studio Conversations Series. Held on September 23, this event features conceptual artist Tom Marioni, curator Judith Tannenbaum and artist and curator Richard Torchia in discussion about globalization and the fine arts in the 21st century.


If you’re in panic mode over the bike rack design contest co-sponsored by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative
Economy and the Bicycle Coalition, here’s some good news: the updated RFP announces that deadline has been extended to September 30. To reiterate, the total budget for each bike rack is $5,000 for small racks and $15,000 for large racks (including fabrication and installation costs). This competition is open to all artists and designers, and although there’s a list of select sites and bike rack sizes to keep in mind, the organizers are also open to designs that could potentially work anywhere in Center City Philadelphia.

Abington Art Center has issued a call for proposals for works in their Gallery, Sculpture Park and community venues. Exhibiting artists at Abington have access to lectures, public forums, workshops and more, and the focus, criteria and eligibility for each venue is different, so please read carefully before completing the application. Abington’s exhibition archives are helpful for reviewing past exhibitions and artists selected at AAC and getting ideas of what materials to submit. The deadline for Curatorial Review submissions is  September 30, 2013. Art Center members receive a free entry fee.

PhilaMOCA, ever the loyal friend to those who need a last-minute show, is hosting the celebratory art show for the Deli Magazine’s 5th Anniversary. The Deli Philly’s 5th Anniversary Party + “Advertising: Sex, Lies & Other Things We Like” Art Exhibit is happening on Saturday, October 5, 2013. As such, they’re searching for submissions of vintage and modern propaganda art that deals with sex, lies, and all things of that ilk. Only 2D works, please, and send digital files or photos of submissions to curator Chip Schwartz at If you’ve got six or more entries, include links if possible. Drop-offs of accepted art can be made at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street) on Tuesday, October 1st from 12:00 Noon until 6:00 PM. Work must be ready to hang and prepared for installation.

Artist News

"Self-Portrait", 30"H x 22"W, charcoal and chalk on carved wood, 1980 and "Trayvon", 70"H x 72"W, acrylic on carved and reassembled wood, 2013. Two works in the MICA Then / Now exhibition at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Additional works will be exhibited at the Kunsthalle Beacon (KuBe) in Beacon, New York.
“Self-Portrait” and “Trayvon”, two Frank Hyder works in the MICA Then / Now exhibition at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in Chelsea, New York/Kunsthalle Beacon (KuBe) in Beacon, New York.

Frank Hyder is one of the exhibitors at the celebration of MICA’s (Maryland Institute College of Art) Then / Now, a retrospective of 160 years’ worth of undergraduate program alumni. Two simultaneous exhibitions are part of this show, with one at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts in Chelsea, New York City from Sept. 12 – Oct. 12 (opening Sept. 12 from 6-8 pm), and the other at the Kunsthalle Beacon (KuBe) in Beacon, NY from Sept. 15 – Nov. 12 (opening Sept. 15, 1-5 pm).  That means Hyder has pieces in both venues, including three 30 ft. inflatable sculptures, a site-specific grouping from his Frontier Series and a brand new carved wood painting made specially for the occasion.

A collection of Diane Burko's "Glacial Perspectives."
A collection of Diane Burko’s “Glacial Perspectives.”

2 from Diane Burko – 1. Our soon-to-be Arctic explorer was asked by Carter Ratliffe, who writes, among other places for the Brooklyn Rail, what her definition of art was.  2. There are only a few more days to go until Diane and fellow artist Richard Ryan begin their great Arctic adventure. They leave next Tuesday evening, bound for Longyearbyen in the Arctic Circle, on a trip including such intrepid locales as Ny-Alesund (the most northern permanent research station in the Arctic), the Lofoten islands and the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromso. There, they plan on working with glaciologist Jack Kohler, taking helicopter flights over the glaciers and seeing some unthinkably wondrous things. Luckily for us, Diane is blogging the whole journey, begun already on her website.

Bohyun Yoon is participating in the Fall Exhibitions at Anderson Gallery in Virginia Commonwealth University, so please stop by, if you are in the area. The opening reception is tonight, September 6, 5-7pm; the exhibition runs September 6 – December 8. There’s also a gallery talk October 30 at 5:30pm.