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Barnes+Whitney curator news, Muse turns 38, Philly Public Art Guidebook, Mighty Writers’ Author series, Sharon Butler’s on PAFA Review Panel, plus Greg Pizzoli, Lisa Yuskavage and the weirdest Opportunity ever

Newsy news today about more curatorial moves, live talks about art, a weirdly appealing (or not) opportunity and more. - artblog editor



Via Roses Madrigale – Sad news today of the passing of Ruth Esherick Bascom, 93, the daughter of wood sculptor Wharton Esherick. Esherick Bascom was an actor, stage manager and daughter who worked to preserve her father’s legacy. She died Friday, Oct. 23, of congestive heart failure at Paoli Hospital. Plans for a memorial service at the Wharton Esherick Museum are pending.
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Muse Gallery in Old City is celebrating their 38th Anniversary with a show that is a benefit for Project Home! Double goodness — Congratulations, Muse! Nancy Neill, Muse Director, said that Sister Mary Scullion of Project Home was invited to speak at the artist’s opening, Dec. 13, 1-4PM. Muse is an artist’s cooperative founded in 1978. They are always looking for new members. Check it out –

Philly Public Art Guidebook debuts! (Now how about a guidebook for the rest of the art scene…galleries, museums, alternative hot spots.) – The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has released “A Guide to Philadelphia’s Public Art” – It’s online, too, in a nice flip-through edition.

…A pocket-sized guide featuring a selection of public artworks located within or in close proximity to Philadelphia’s downtown including Center City, the Parkway and East Fairmount Park, and University City.
Complied by the City of Philadelphia’s Public Art Director Margot Berg, the 167 works of public art included in this guide reflect the many commissioning entities and civic endeavors that have, over the last two centuries, resulted in our extraordinary collection of permanent public art, perhaps the largest collection in the United States. The guide is now available at the City Hall Visitor Center.
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Barnes hires D’Orsay Curator Sylvie Patry as New Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator. From the press release

Philadelphia, PA, November 6, 2015—Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation, today announced the appointment of Sylvie Patry as the Foundation’s new Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator. With more than 15 years of experience at some of France’s top arts institutions, Patry comes to the Barnes Foundation following 10 years at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, where she served as Chief Curator of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings.

…A specialist in Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Patry most recently co-curated the critically-acclaimed exhibitionDiscovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This exhibition was also presented at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, and the National Gallery in London.

…In her role at the Barnes Foundation, Patry will oversee and expand the Foundation’s growing exhibitions program, curatorial and educational technology initiatives, publications program, and collections research and interpretative activities. She will begin her post in January 2016.

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In more museum news, The Whitney Museum announced the two co-curators of the 2017 Whitney Biennial (the 78th!) – Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks. From the release:

…“The two of them have great intellectual chemistry, and it’s exciting to see the first Biennial in our new home in the hands of such talented young curators.”

Christopher Y. Lew is Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he has organized the first US solo exhibitions for Rachel Rose and Jared Madere. He has also organized, with Curator and Curator of Performance Jay Sanders, the first US theatrical presentation by New Theater.

From 2013 until recently, Mia Locks was Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, where she organized exhibitions including Math Bass: Off the Clock (2015); IM Heung-soon: Reincarnation (2015); Samara Golden: The Flat Side of the Knife (2014); and The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014)…Locks was part of the curatorial team for the Greater New York exhibition now on view at MoMA PS1. She is currently publishing a book on the work of Samara Golden, forthcoming in December 2015.

Mighty Writers launches Mighty Author Event seriesAll events take place at Mighty Writers West (3861 Lancaster Avenue), and all are free and open to the general public. More information:

Friday, November 13, 8 p.m. Lori Tharps (Hair Story, Substitute Me, Kinky Gazpacho)
Friday, December 11, 7 p.m. Lorene Cary (Black Ice, The Price of a Child, If Sons Then Heirs)
Friday, January 8, 7 p.m. Paul Langan (Bluford High Series)
Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m. Solomon Jones (The Dead Man’s Wife, Payback, Pipe Dream)
Friday, February 12, 7 p.m. John Edgar Wideman (Philadelphia Fire, Hiding Place, Hurry Home,
Two Cities)

Lisa Yuskavage painting Night from 2000
Lisa Yuskavage Night, 1999-2000 Oil on linen 77 x 62 inches (195.6 x 157.5 cm) Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London

Talk talk – Tyler School of Art graduate Lisa Yuskavage talks at Temple Contemporary Nov. 12, 6PM – Yuskavage has a new book, “Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood Paintings 1991–2015.”  Gallery Director Rob Blackson says this will be no ordinary talk. Lisa has asked Tyler students to look through her works and come up with a question for her. The whimsy and path of the questions will define the evening. Yuskavage had a memorable solo show at ICA in 2000. More here:
Free – Register here:
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Blogger Sharon Butler of Two Coats of Paint joins the PAFA Review Paneltomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 18,6PM

Hamilton Auditorium, Landmark Building
join moderator DAVID COHEN to discuss the following art exhibitions:
Joseph Kosuth: Plays of / for a Respirateur
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Becky Suss
Institute of Contemporary Art
Anna Bogatin: Into the Mystic
Larry Becker Contemporary Art
Amie Potsic: Enchanted Forest
James Oliver Gallery

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Containers at a harbor
From the Container Residency website

Weirdest Opportunity Ever – Container Artist Residency. Their Open Call is now over for 2016 but check it out, sea biscuits, in case you want to apply next year. More:!about/cuqc

Container takes artists onboard commercial container carriers along existing international shipping routes. Hosting artists in the ships’ available cabins, this backstage pass provides firsthand encounter with maritime shipping. Container challenges the traditional idea of studio residencies and invites artists to work within a unique intersection of industry, culture and technology. The residency’s geographic location can only be defined in relation to the various shipping routes and the nexus of destinations that is the backdrop of global trade. Anchored in a context yet without a fixed physical location, Container foregrounds global commerce as the artist’s own immediate work environment.

Via Gregory Walker of the Brothers Network – WHYY is searching for Vice President of News and Civic Dialog

As a member of the Executive staff, the VP, News & Civic Dialogue is responsible for producing news content for distribution on-air, online, on mobile and other digital platforms, and at community events, and fulfilling WHYY’s intention to continue to grow its multimedia news making capacity. This position requires someone with experience providing both strategic and tactical leadership in terms of how content is created and the way it is delivered to the news consumer. More here:


Greg Pizzoli, Philly’s own master of children’s books, had his book “Tricky Vic” included on the NY Times “Best Illustrated Books of 2015” list. Congratulations!! List is here: