Welcome, Curator Meg Onli, to ICA! Congratulations, Artist Curator TC Campuzano on Lansdowne show; BalletX+Magritte; Jamar Nicholas podcast to come; BlackStar Film reviews to come; political shows for Dems at PAFA, Rosenwald-Wolf, City Hall; Plus Jacolby Satterwaite, Ditta Hoeber, and Good Reads

Today's news is newsy and list-y. Lots of lists of artists in great shows around the region. A good Opportunity in Washington, DC and some Artblog updates and Good Reads! - Artblog editor


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Curator News #1 – Artblog favorite, Anthony (TC) Campuzano, curates a show in his home town of Lansdowne, PA, a Philly suburban town so small you might miss it when driving west out Baltimore Pike. Beyond Cold Polished Stones is a show with a lot of ties to Anthony — his childhood babysitter (and Tyler graduate) is in the show; the architect of his parents’ home is in the show. And on July 4, the artist/curator will be walking in the Lansdowne 4th of July parade — it’s a family tradition (his father is Mayor) — and afterwards, at 1PM, everyone is invited to see the show and hear from TC about how it came together. Campuzano, who shows his work at Fleisher-Ollman Gallery told me he has a drawing, “Portrait of Kathy Change,” in the upcoming PAFA collection show Happiness, Liberty or Life? opening Wednesday, June 29, 5-8PM.

Here’s more about Beyond Cold Polished Stones:

Poster for Beyond Cold Polished Stones
image: Anthony Campuzano, Beyond Cold Polished Stones, 2016, ink, graphite, watercolor and collage on paper; courtesy Fleisher/Ollman.

As a former resident of Manhattan (a BIG art town), I am continually pleased to find so many creative people living in this little town (Lansdowne). The disciplines and mediums included in the show are nearly as varied as Lansdowne’s residents. The work is impressive and very fun, especially viewed together in this format…Here is a unique show in a unique town. – Megan Halsey, Chair, Lansdowne Arts Board

Lansdowne is my hometown. It is just 1.2 square miles in size and lies six miles from center city Philadelphia. When I was asked to assemble Beyond Cold Polished Stones I thought of the different creative persons I knew of that had at one point, continue to, or recently gained ties to Lansdowne. These persons are writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, performers, and filmmakers. A crucial element of this exhibition are 5 glass topped table virtrines that house objects, photographs and other ephemera. These cases have been carefully arranged to highlight overlaps and connections within and throughout the exhibition. The opening reception was on Saturday June 25th and the exhibition will run through July 30th. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment through the curator, Anthony Campuzano On Monday July 4th at 1pm I will be giving a gallery talk and exhibition walkthrough.  — Anthony Campuzano

Beyond Cold Polished Stones –
WHEN: Show runs June 18 – July 31. Saturdays & Sundays, noon to 4 PM.
Artists’ reception, open to the public, June 25 from 6 – 8 PM.

WHERE: 20*20 House Gallery of the Lansdowne Arts Board
20 Lansdowne Court, Lansdowne PA 19050

Artists in Beyond Cold Polished Stones –

Cynthia Back · Andy Biscontini · Sadie C. Boyle · Helen Bowes · Susan Bowes · Billy Boylan · Melissa Brown · Anthony Campuzano · Richard Campuzano · Anne Canfield · Eric Carbonara · Brad Carney · Len Cella · Salvatore Cerceo · Claire Clay · Julia Clift · Liz Steele Coats · Dan Cohoon · John Cruice · Don Doyle · Lee Doyle · Wyatt Doyle · James Gray · Georgianna Grentzenberg · Steve Gunn · Nicole Haddad · Patricia Haddad · Orlando Haddad · Megan Halsey · Beth Heinly · Joseph Iacona · Jessica Knapp · Kathleen Leach · Ralph Phaedon Lewars · Guillan Marshall · Lauren McElroy · Sean Michael McElhenney · Eileen Rudisill Miller · Katrina Weber Moore · Dan Murphy · Maggie Murphy-Jones · Seth Mushrush · Frank V. Nickels · Thom Nickels · Bill Patterson · CM Robinson · Luz Perez-Rojas (Ely) · Jim Ryan · Hiro Sakaguchi · Jeff Sassaman · Athena Scott · Jonathan Sermons · Jack Sloss · PJ Smalley · Lawrence Smalley · Inez (Lipton) Starr · Melinda Steffy · Samantha Claire Updegrave · Kurt Vile · Maya Winters · Eric Zohn


Curator News #2 – ICA welcomes Meg Onli as new Assistant Curator

Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania announced today the appointment of Meg Onli as Assistant Curator, effective immediately.

Onli is a curator and writer whose work attends to the intricacies of race and the production of space. Prior to her appointment to this position, she was the Program Coordinator at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. While at the Graham Foundation, she worked on the exhibitions Architecture of Independence: African Modernism and Barbara Kasten: Stages.


Dance Plus Art #1 – BalletX does Magritte July 6-17 at the Wilma

Contemporary dance company BalletX premiers a new work, “Bonzi,” by Colombian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Her work follows the journey of a lone man into the world of surrealist René Magritte includes the immersive video lighting projection of virtual art shop, Klip Collective.


Dance Plus Art #2 – Via Artblog’s Evan Laudenslager…Watch this video – “Exquisite Corps,” a play on the surrealist exquisite corpse drawing game but with dance. 42 choreographers collaborated on one song. As Evan says, definitely worth the watch!

Non-partisan #1 (or is it?) – Philly VOTE at City Hall

IMAGE: Robert Lugo, Dems and Reps, from Inliquid Art and Design.
IMAGE: Robert Lugo, Dems and Reps, from Inliquid Art and Design, featured in Philly VOTE at City Hall.

Coinciding with this summer’s Democratic National Convention, the City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents Art In City Hall’s latest exhibit: Philly VOTE, a nonpartisan display of works by invited small local arts organizations and schools. The exhibit connects the arts to voting, providing a microphone to a creative community where art and civic engagement often intersect. Philly VOTE is presented on the second and fourth floors of City Hall in large display cases, near the Offices of the Mayor and City Council Chambers, respectively. A reception is scheduled for July 7, from 5 – 7pm.

Participating organizations and artists:
Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA): Michael Mergen: Cultural Arts Center of SpArc Philadelphia: Molly Andrews, William Bolds, Joann Brothers , Francis Demara, Terrance Dixon, Maurice El, Yvonne Ferguson, Kia Headon, Yolanda Hilliard, John Hogan, Karen Isaac, Richard Johnson, Crystal Larkin, Shawnette Lawton, Eric Loury, Ayanna McDaniel, Sandy Lee Moak, David Neisser, Charlene Richards, Carlos Rivera, James Sanders, Christian Sutter, George Waddell, Floyd Williams, Frederick Williams and Fred Willis; Inliquid Art & Design: Judy Gelles, Smashed Label, Roberto Lugo, Richard Ross and Buy Shaver: Mt. Airy Art Garage: Jennifer Hemenway, Daisy Langston Juarez, Judith Levy, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Ellie Seif, Stephanie Amma Young and Andrew R. Walker; Philadelphia Dumpster Divers: Gretchen Altabef, Sara Benowitz, Ellen Benson, Neil Benson, Dave Christopher, Alden Cole, Charna Eisner, Dan Enright, John Jonik, Ann Keech, Susan Moloney, Taji Nahl, Eva Preston, Susan Richards, Jim Ullrich and Sally Willowbee; Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (SCEE):Joey Hartmann-Dow and participants from the artist’s Philly Climate Story.

Also participating are students from ArtWell, HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, and University City Arts League.

Non-partisan #2 (or is it?) – Do You, Ms. Jones? at Rosenwald-Wolf

Do You, Ms. Jones?
June 24–July 29
UArts Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Opening Reception: FRIDAY, June 24 5–7:30PM
Sam Durant
Hans Haacke
Pope L.
Liz Magic Laser
Zoe Leonard
Ken Lum
Dave McKenzie
Pepón Osorio
Hank Willis Thomas

The Rosenwald–Wolf Gallery is pleased to present: Do You, Ms. Jones?, an exhibit that explores and reacts to issues facing America today.

These diverse works of sculpture, painting, and video mimic agitprop signs (Durant, Thomas), seemingly allude to the bipolar direction of the Democratic campaign to date (Osorio), question the generic double-speak of politicians (McKenzie), memorialize local martyrs to political causes (Lum), petition for gender parity (Leonard), show that black lives do matter (Lum, Pope L., Thomas), and question the state of the union (Haacke) and affirmative systems of free choice (Laser).


LIBRARY of CONGRESS seeks Volunteer Docents

14-Week Training Program to Begin Sept. 6, 2016

The Library of Congress is recruiting the 2016 class of volunteer docents to lead tours of the world’s largest library.

To best serve the more than 1.7 million annual visitors, eager to view the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C., and learn about the treasures it contains, the Library’s Visitor Services Office relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to greet and direct the visitors and to conduct tours.

Each fall, the Library’s Visitor Services Office offers an in-depth training program for volunteer docents who will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building and answer questions about the Library’s collections and services. The 2016 training session for docents will begin onSept. 6, 2016.

The 14-week series of docent training classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Sept. 6 through Dec. 15 at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill. The nearest Metro stop is Capitol South.

The training curriculum covers all aspects of the Library and is specially designed to prepare docents to give interesting and informative tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building and include a range of information about the Library. The classes are presented by Library staff as well as experts from outside the Library. The curriculum focuses on the past, present and future of the Library; curatorial divisions; public programs; collections care and use; organization and infrastructure; and the art and architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building. In addition to classroom training, the docent class will go on field trips and outings.

Once the training has ended, participants will be thoroughly prepared to lead tours of the Library. Each docent-in-training will present a qualifying tour to a public audience before joining the docent corps. On average, volunteer docents work one four-hour shift per week, providing two tours. Volunteers are eligible for free parking and discounts in the Library Shop and cafeteria, as well as for free flu shots. In addition, an active enrichment program organizes field trips for volunteers to visit institutions around the Washington Metropolitan region. Many cultural institutions across the country offer complimentary entry upon presentation of a volunteer’s identification badge. To register for the program or seek other volunteer opportunities, contact Susan Mordan-White at (202) 707 9203, or go to

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information and register creative works of authorship at


Artblog Friend, Ditta Baron Hoeber has photos and writings included in a new book produced by the International Center of Photography. Congratulations, Ditta!

If you are in New York City Thursday, June 30 you might stop at Spaces Corners in the International Center of Photography Museum for the launch of Mossless 4: Public / Private / Portrait, a book ICP has co-published in conjunction with the opening of its new museum.

Join us on Thursday, June 30 to celebrate ICP Museum’s Public, Private Secret co-publications. Spaces Corners at ICP Museum will be launching Mossless 4: Public/Private/Portrait and Printed Web #4 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Mossless 4 explores the shifting territories of public and private spheres, by showcasing the portraiture works of over sixty artists. These artists include Molly Matalon, Gonzalo Benard, Stacy Kranitz, Ditta Baron Hoeber, Bobby Scheidemann, Anouk Kruithof, James A. Mortram Signe Pierce, with many more, as well as a few poets, painters and essayists like David A. Banks and Alexis Avedisian. Designed by Elana Schlenker, the book features a reflective cover, perforated pages and a separate text section.

Jacolby Satterwaite collaborates with his mom!


Strange Currencies Catalog – If you loved the show, Strange Currencies, at the Galleries at Moore, and you already miss Kaytie Johnson, the curator, now moved to Southern California, catch up on your memories by buying the catalog for the show.

With over 90 full color images, this catalogue documents approximately eighty artworks in a broad range of media, including sculpture, photography, video, painting, installation, performance & sound and includes an essay by exhibition curator Kaytie Johnson. Other contributing authors include Eduardo Abaroa, Walter Forsberg, José Luis Paredes Pacho, Alexis Salas, Paulina Suárez-Hesketh and Eduardo Thomas.

Catalogues can be purchased at Art Shop on Moore’s campus, through the Art Shop’s Shopify page, or on Amazon.

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Christo’s Walk on Water in Italy is too popular!

From the New Yorker #1

In “Swimming with Sharks” (p. 42), Rebecca Mead profiles Loïc Gouzer, a specialist in contemporary art at Christie’s New York and a pioneer of themed sales, which are curated stand-alone auctions that typically fetch tens of millions of dollars—sometimes hundreds of millions—and break industry records. Gouzer, who worked at Sotheby’s in London and New York before joining Christie’s, tells Mead, “If you start putting works around another work, they give each other meaning. Each of the works are in dialogue, and they help each other.” Gouzer dislodges works from collections through dogged persuasion, sometimes with substantial guarantees backed by Christie’s or by a third party, which promise a minimum price at auction. He says, “I am not a good courter. I am more of a torturer. I will make your life miserable until you give up.” Gouzer’s boss, Brett Gorvy, the international head of contemporary art at Christie’s, tells Mead, “Loïc has a tendency to be emotional and petulant, like a child. You want to slap him across the face, in a way. It’s part of his charm.” Mead writes, “Today’s collectors of contemporary art, having made their fortunes in the tech industry or in hedge funds, are more entrepreneurial. They are less beholden to art history, and often less cognizant of it. Gouzer is their peer, generationally and culturally.” Gouzer, who is close friends with Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton, tells Mead, “It is not even cool to be a billionaire anymore—there are, like, two hundred of them. But, if that same guy buys a painting, suddenly it puts you in a whole circle. . . . It is the fastest way to become an international name.” Read the article here.

From the New Yorker #2

In “Dark Rooms” (p. 26), Hilton Als profiles the photographer Nan Goldin, whose best-known work, “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” was the seminal photography collection of the eighties, capturing the era’s lawless bohemianism. A slide show and exhibition of photographs from the series opened this month at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. “What interests Goldin is the random gestures and colors of the universe of sex and dreams, longing and breakups,” Als writes. The images that make up the work capture various relationships playing out in bedrooms, bars, pensiones, bordellos, automobiles, and beaches in the places where Goldin, who left home at fourteen, lived. A tumultuous family dynamic made Goldin’s older sister, Barbara, feel lost and desperate for approval. She acted out and was committed to mental hospitals for long periods of time. “Barbara said, ‘All I want to do is go home,’ ” Goldin tells Als. “She was fifteen. And my mother said, ‘If she comes home, I’m leaving.’ And my father just sat there with his head down. That is to me the most tragic scene in a person’s life.” Barbara committed suicide when Goldin was eleven. Unlike her sister, Goldin created a distance from her family that, she feels, saved her life. “The one good shrink I’ve had says I survived because, by the age of four, my friends were more important to me than my family,” she says. Read the article here.


Jamar Nicholas, Leon, Protector of the Playground comic
Jamar Nicholas, Leon, Protector of the Playground comic

Podcast on Moore’s Mixlr internet radio channel, with Jamar Nicholas! Black cartoonist extraordinaire — July 7, 11:45 AM. Listen to the live broadcast on July 7, or wait for the podcast, which will be published on Artblog after the broadcast.

Look for movie reviews in advance of the BlackStar Film Festival August 4-7 at International House.

The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities, showcasing films by black people from around the world.