News post – Moore’s Galleries get Mohawks, Jim Houser in Italy, Slought and n+1 take on “World Lite,” opportunities and more!



Erin Murray's new website offering, "Mertice." 2013. Photo: Erin Murray.
Erin Murray’s new website offering, “Mertice”. 2013. Photo: Erin Murray.

Updates from the busy studio of Erin Murray: she’s got new work up! Her latest is a suitably austere composition for these dark days of winter. 

Somewhere between the Starbucks stranglehold and the glut of fashion brands thinly disguised as yoga studios, “world literature” has picked up its own reputation for being, of all things, commoditized, homogenized and overly feel-good. How did we come to this? The Slought Foundation is hosting “What’s Wrong With World Literature?”, a talk on January 30 with the editors of n+1 magazine, who put out “World Lite” last August and generated a staggering amount of criticism around the “self-ratification of the global elite.” The conversation’s direction points to, hopefully, finding more vital alternatives to world literature as it currently exists: more political, more internationalist, and way less product-driven. The participants are n+1 editors Nikil Saval and Marco Roth in dialogue with Jean-Michel Rabate and moderated by Shaj Mathew. This is a free event, and no reservations are required. The talk runs from 6-7:30 PM.

Don’t judge Andrew Krivine: he might be a banker, but he’s stayed punk enough since 1977 that his collection of artifacts and ephemera is the basis of an entire exhibit at the Galleries at Moore, “Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk.” The sneering, safety-pin-sporting, slam-dancing trawl through the birth and non-quite-death of punk rock won lofty praise from the Atlantic; it opens tonight with a reception from 6-8 PM, and is on view until March 15.


Cerulean Arts is looking for entries for its 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition, held from June 25 – July 18. This year’s juror is master printer Cindi Ettinger (exciting in itself). Learn about all the required details for entry, and any prospectus-related questions at Cerulean’s site. The entry postmark deadline is on or before May 2. 

It’s that time of year again: applications are now available for the 2014 Art and Change Grant and the 2014 Transformation Award! If you know the drill, you know the drill; if you are new to their process, visit Leeway to get all the information you need to apply.

An upcoming residency provided by The Village of Arts & Humanities offers artists a chance to collaborate with the youth and families of North Central Philadelphia. They’re taking proposals for both individuals and collectives to participate in these two, four-month residencies, creating programming with a hand from both the artists and The Village and eventually a large-scale community-based project The deadline for artists to submit their proposals is February 28; for more information and to apply, check out the Village’s prospectus.

Artist News

New work by Jim Houser from his Milan solo show. Photo courtesy of
New work by Jim Houser from his Milan solo show. Photo courtesy of Galleria Patricia Armocida.

Jim Houser had a solo show opening in Milan this week! A POSITION ON A MAP at Galleria Patricia Armocida features his quietly affecting acrylic-and-collage works until April 18.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, at work on "Stop Telling Women to Smile." Photo courtesy of Al-Jazeera America.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, at work on “Stop Telling Women to Smile.” Photo courtesy of Al-Jazeera America.

You may have seen her powerful anti-street-harassment wheatpastes around town; Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, creator of the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” project was interviewed last by Al Jazeera America. Anything that gets this brave lady more exposure makes us smile of our own accord.

Elizabeth Johnson’s work is part of the new-ish group show Transitions v.2. at Bushwick’s Associated Gallery. Running from January 18 to February 2, 2014, this marks the second installation of Transitions, all work selected from their last open call.

In case you missed it….

Performance artist John Kelly’s podcast teaser.
Leah saw Judaism and homosexuality deftly handled at Napoleon.
Jennifer sifted through some trashy treasures.