Three panels-PAFA+Black Lives Matter, Inliquid+Social Practice, Moore Galleries+Walter Robinson; John Muse+Vicky Funari+Strange Truth film series, Personnel changes at AAMP, FWM and UArts; Boston Mayor believe in artists; Ken Lum muses on Philly and Canada; Plus Nathaniel Popkin, Heather Ujiie, lunch tours at SEI, Schomburg Seminar at Taller and Opportunities galore

Opportunities in Philadelphia, Alaska and elsewhere and lots of news in this week's post-storm edition of the News - Artblog editor


In case you missed it while buying milk and eggs last week or shoveling out over the weekend…

From PAFA – The Black Artists Matter event was postponed due to the weather and is rescheduled for Feb. 6 at 2pm!

Philadelphia Experiment poster Via friend of Artblog, Nathaniel Popkin – “Tis true. The next–and absolutely the best–episode of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” broadcasts Thursday at 7:30PM on 6ABC. Tune in to see the origins of Civil War…and for that matter, the political factions we live with today.” Popkin is a writer on the project.

From Matt Kalasky and Galleries at Moore – Join them for a lively conversation between artist Walter Robinson, curator Barry Blinderman and writer/critic Deborah Solomon. Thursday, Feb. 11, 6PM. This event is organized in conjunction with ‘Walter Robinson: Paintings and Other Indulgences,’ the first major survey of the New York- based artist’s work, on view at The Galleries at Moore through March 12.

Via John MuseVicky Funari and I collaborated on a new film series, “Strange Truth,” with screenings at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and at Haverford College. More information here. John says: “We had support from Hank Glassman whose faculty seminar, “Attending to the Dead,” gave us the thematic…”The series is also organized around a show opening at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in the Spring entitled “Among the Unburied”–more death!–curated by Liz Park, who worked under Ingrid Schaffner at ICA and is working under her now at the Carnegie International. The exhibit opens March 18.  More here.

Via Yvonne Love…Art and Social Practice Panel Discussion, Thursday, January 28, 6 – 8 pm, At Crane Arts – 1400 N. American St., Philadelphia, PA 19122
with moderator William Cromar, and artists Cathleen Cohen, Joe Brenman, Amie Potsic, Judy Gelles.  This is the final installment of Inliquid’s TangenT’s RedAct series, artwork that explores visual renderings of facts detailed in redacted public documents.

AAMP Curator News – Leslie Guy, formerly the director of curatorial services, African American Museum in Philadelphia, was appointed chief curator, DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago. While at the AAMP, Guy curated “Legendary,” a photographic exhibit celebrating the ball culture of African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities as well as “Badass Art Man,” a collection of artwork by Danny Simmons.

Fabric Workshop and Museum NewsSusan Talbot is named interim director of the FWM, where she will steer the museum for at least the next year during their transition after the death of Marion Boulton (Kippy) Stroud. Talbott comes to Philadelphia from directing the Wadsworth Atheneum for eight years. She retired from that post in December.

University of the Arts News – Rebecca Saylor Sack named new interim head of Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at UArts.

Via Roses Madrigale…Boston News – Mayor takes a lead in increasing arts funding for its artists, with 3 programs with a combined budget of $1 million.

Some specifics, and more at the link:
the programs will provide
–direct grants to individual artists,
–expand the city’s fledgling artist-in-residence program,
–establish an artist resource desk at City Hall, which officials said would act as a central information hub for artists working in the city.


Artblog favorite, Ken Lum writes in Canadian Art about the differences between Canada and the US, based on his experiences in both places.


Via Heather Ujiie — get on down to the Smithsonian for the show, Wonder, with Patrick Dougherty, Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grade, Maya Lin, and Leo Villareal, “Each (artist) is taking over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. Together, these installations will turn the building into a larger-than-life work of art. WONDER is organized by Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art.” The photos do inspire wonder!


Via Artblog favorite David Kessler – “Film people: especially those into experimental and doc but not exclusively, The Flaherty Fellowship application is now open…” Kessler was a 2015 fellow and is repeating in 2016, he says.

Oxbow residenciesApplications now open.

Unique educational experience in Alaska for girls 16-18 years old! “Girls on Ice, a free wilderness education program, is accepting applications now through Jan. 29. Each year, two teams of nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and alpine landscapes in Alaska or Washington through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, artists and mountaineers. For more information and to learn about the application process, go to

Via International Center for PhotographyMary Ellen Mark Memorial Scholarship

Closer to home, Icebox Project Space is looking for your 2016 predictions for their publication. For more information visit the Icebox Project Space website. More from the Icebox:

PREDICTIVE TEXTS entries due January 31st – ICEBOX
In the 2015 predictive text, Feeding Speculation, we asked participants to decide upon a vision for the future over dinner and to send us the prediction, along with a menu of the meal, and whom you ate it with.
In the upcoming 2016 predictive text collection, we are focusing less on the food surrounding the predictive discussion and more on the dynamics of the participants and their relationships to one another. We ask that you get together with a friend or friends, and create a prediction, vision, or forecast that inhabits the space of one 8.5”x7” (h x w) page. This can happen over dinner, by correspondence, through psychic abilities, however you see fit, and with any number of individuals.

Please submit your prediction (to fit on one 8.5” x 7” page), along with a brief summary of participants, and their relationship to one another.
These collected predictions will become the publication, and we want to include you!!!



Lunchtime Art Tours at SEI

West Collection art tours will highlight the major art installations on the SEI Campus as well as the SEI work environment. The tours are intended for SEI employees, friends and family of SEI employees and anyone interested in learning more about the West Collection. Tours take place on Tuesday at noon and finish around 1pm. The first 22 people to Register for each date below will be confirmed for the corresponding date. MORE information here.

All tours are free, first-come first-served (by RSVP), and all tours meet in Rotunda and use outdoor visitor parking spots near Rotunda. Parking map and confirmation will be emailed to you once you have filled out this registration form. We will be in touch 24 hours prior to confirm your scheduled tour. Please register separately for each individual who will be joining us on the tour.

*kids/school groups must be 7th grade and above and booked separately by the teacher – please email to discuss a possible tour. The lunchtime tours are not intended for children 12 and under.


Via Taller Puertorriqueno – The 2016 Schomburg Symposium, Shifting Identities: Expressing Afrolatinidad, opens on February 27. More information on the symposium is here. In conjunction with the Schomburg Symposium, Taller opens the new exhibition, Unpacking Hispañola on Feb. 12. The exhibition presents work by Firelei Baez and Scherezade Garcia. The curator, Abigail Lapin Dardashti, is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. The exhibition challenges ideas of narrative, race subjectivity and gender roles, topics that have been very much in the news.