Daniel Traub at Slought (don’t miss it), Curate the Icebox (yes you can), Charlotte Ickes at ICA, AMOR at PMA, plus Matthew Rose, Mark Stockton, Maria Popova and No Pope News!

Today's News roundup does not include even one item about the Pope! -- Artblog editor


From Kelly Writers House…A Panel on the writing life.  I don’t know most of the names on this panel but I am a mad fan of Maria Popova and Brain Pickings, one of the best, most intelligent and heart-felt blogs about literature, morality, and life. If you don’t know it, do check it out.  And go hear Popova and the others on September 29th at Kelly Writers House. Here’s who’s on the panel and they are all alumni of UPenn:  STEPHEN FRIED, moderates with JESSICA GOODMAN of Entertainment Weekly, MARIA POPOVA of Brain Pickings, and DAVID BORGENICHT of Quirk Books.

Tuesday, September 29th, at 5pm. To RSVP, email or call 215-746-POEM. Facebook event page:

Daniel Traub film still Little North Road
Daniel Traub, still from the documentary film, Little North Road, now on view at Slought.

While we’re on West Philly, do not miss Daniel Traub’s Little North Road project @Slought (on exhibit through Nov. 27).  Daniel, an Artblog favorite (we did a podcast with him a few years back) collaborated with a couple street photographers in Guangzhou, China, in a project about self-presentation in the digital world and ownership of images.  It’s anthropological and beautiful and well considered take on immigrants presenting themselves in a foreign land and about the hustle of individual entrepreneurship in China. Be sure to watch the 9-minute clip from the video documentary at Slought’s website.  And read Daniel’s commentary on the project at California Sunday Magazine.

Person working on model for Icebox Project Space
A person working a scale model of a suggested piece for the Icebox Project Space. If chosen, the work will be scaled up for real and installed in the big Icebox at Crane Arts.

The Icebox says — You Can Curate! You Can Curate is a project by the curating team that run the Icebox Project Space, Tim Belknap and Ryan McCartney. They want you to come to the Grey Area at Crane Arts (outside the Icebox) and use the 10ft x 20ft scale model and the materials they’ve provided for you to create your own suggested installation for the big box itself (500 sq. ft.)

Once you have created your scale model, take a picture of it and post it on Instagram,#youcancurate.

Yours and everyone else’s model will be juried by Sean Robert FitzGerald, a
Philadelphia-based painter and one of the founders of Fjord Gallery. And the winning model will be scaled up with 2″x6″x16ft boards and exhibited in the Icebox for one week (TBA) in December, 2015.

How to do this? Come to Crane Arts Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 pm to 6 pm between now and Oct. 4. The last day to participate October 3, 2015. More info at Facebook:

The project is both a critique of how “curate” has become a catch-all phrase, says curator Belknap. But, he says, it’s an “opportunity to playfully create an installation” in the scale model they set up. “Most of all, Ryan and I have access to a really large space that isn’t always conducive to certain artistic practices, but this (You Can Curate) allows anyone to scale up and let loose.” As for the jurying via Instagram, he says: “I like the idea of exposing and collapsing the strange and ambiguous space between juror and artists.  The juror will be able to see likes, comments, and maybe even end up following some the submitting artists.”

Robert Indiana sculpture Amor
Robert Indiana. AMOR, 1998, Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue, 72″x72″x36″ © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

It’s about Love and it’s in Spanish! From the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art, a new Robert Indiana Love sculpture now graces the East Terrace at the Museum, just above the Rocky Steps. It’s no coincidence the Spanish Love appears just now, ahem, guess who’s coming and will be up on those steps soon?

AMOR (1998) faces the 1976 LOVE sculpture in Love Park near City Hall. The museum and assocation say the piece is on temporary loan from the Morgan Art Foundation, courtesy of Simon and Marc Salama-Caro. 

AMOR is made of Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue. 72″x72″x36″.

Charlotte Ickes ICA Philadelphia fellow
ICA Whitney Lauder Fellow, Charlotte Ickes. Photo by Jill Katz, courtesy of ICA

New Curatorial Fellow at ICA – Charlotte Ickes.

Ickes is a UPenn doctoral student and co-curated the “Itinerant Belongings” exhibit at Slought last year. She helped ICA’s former Chief Curator, Ingrid Schaffner, on the Anne Tyng show in 2011.  More on Ickes here:


Audio programming solicitation! Notice posted to Artblog’s Facebook page:

​ATTN Philly sound artists, media makers, etc: As part of the October exhibition “Alternative Currencies”- KCHUNG (taking over one of Vox’s gallery spaces) will host a special day-long broadcast from its Los Angeles studio of programming created in Philadelphia. For this audio broadcast, KCHUNG is actively soliciting submissions of all kinds. If you are interested please send them a MP3 (audio file) of your show of any length up to 30 minutes. This call for submissions is open to all Philadelphia area residents. The nature of the content is entirely open and will be aired on a first come first serve basis until all the time slots are filled. If you would like to submit content or would like more information please contact us at For more information about the radio station please visit us at


Executive Director, The Philadelphia Center
via Phennd – The Philadelphia Center (TPC), an undergraduate off-campus program, is seeking a strong, visionary leader to serve as the executive director beginning June 1, 2016. TPC offers undergraduate students the opportunity to directly apply their liberal arts education through experiential education learning and pedagogy. Education Level: Earned doctorate. Applicants with other terminal degree, with significant and relevant experience may be considered.
Deadline: November 13, 2015.  More information about the application process here:

Artist as Activist Fellowships

The online application to the Artist as Activist Two Year Fellowship program is now open. See below for details on how to apply. This is the only open call for grant proposals the foundation will announce in 2015.

THEME   – Racial justice with particular focus on mass incarceration
Artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on an 
ambitious creative work tackling this issue
FELLOWSHIP PERIOD     – May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018
FELLOWSHIP GRANT       – Up to $100,000 over a two-year period
DEADLINE                            – December 7, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST)
AWARD NOTIFICATION   – Late April 2016

Pew Center for Arts and Heritage (PCAH) 2016 Project grant guidelines for Performance and Exhibitions&Public Interpretation programs
From PCAH’s Executive Director, Paula Marincola:

The guidelines are now available on our website at

 I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the guidelines and our eligibility requirements, and then make an appointment with Center program staff by October 16 to discuss project ideas. We request that development staff members be accompanied by appropriate curatorial or artistic program staff for these meetings, as they are particularly relevant for those who are conceptualizing the proposed projects.

To schedule an appointment contact:
Exhibitions & Public Interpretation
Chloe Reison
Erin Read

Please note these important dates, for your planning:
• November 18, 2015 at 4 p.m. — Letter of Intent to Apply deadline
• Week of December 15, 2015 — Notification of invitation to apply
• March 2, 2016 at 4 p.m. — Full Project grant applications deadline
2015 has marked our tenth year of grant making in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists, including artist-driven and community-based organizations, major civic institutions, and extraordinary artists and curators living and working in our area and around the globe.

We look forward to a dynamic new year of ambitious and imaginative projects that will continue to bring important and diverse cultural experiences to our community.



Artblog Paris Correspondant, Matthew Rose, writes a wonderful piece on Walton Ford in a recent New York Times edition. Read it here.

Also, via Matthew RoseThomas Hart Benton mural in Kansas used as writing surface for nutty non-thinking Republicans.  Sheesh.  Read it here.

Mark Stockton baseball players images for mural in PHiladelphia
Mark Stockton, possible baseball mural images from the artist

Mark Stockton gets commission for large baseball mural from at Marian Anderson Recreation Center.  This mural is a public art project with the Department of Parks and Recreation announced by the Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy.  Stockton’s mural will be part of a new building and project called Urban Youth Academy that will provide year-round baseball instruction to youth in the area.  The UYA is made possible through a partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies and MLB.