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Politics+Memorials-Kathryn Pannepacker+Rosalind Pichardo’s The Memorial at BKG Funeral Home, The American Dream melt down July 25 by Ligorano+Reese, Inliquid+Richard Ross+Juvenile Law Center Panel on Juvenile Injustice July 21, Kara Khan’s Polaroid Pop Up, Philly Stake’s Last Meal, Plus Kaitlin Pomerantz, Joan Wadleigh Curran, Shawn Thornton and Opportunities galore!
The News post has some great opportunities for curators and rounds up some good political events in this political month. Also, some Artist News! -- Artblog editor



There’s politics in the air and all over the place in Philadelphia. Could be there’s something BIG coming up?

Political art #1 – Kathryn Pannepacker and Rosalind Pichardo invite you to The Memorial Saturday, July 30, noon – 5 PM, at BKG Funeral Home 1125 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philly 19133

The Healing Blanket Project/Kathryn Pannepacker and Operation Save Our City/Rosalind Pichardo request your presence at The Memorial …to honor and represent our many loved ones who’ve been victims to homicide; to be a stand for peace that our city, our nation, our world needs during these very intense times…

The Memorial
BKG Funeral Home 1125 W. Lehigh Avenue, Philly 19133
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Noon – 5 PM
*Please bring (and leave) a photo of your loved one*
Special thanks:
Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant
BKG Funeral Home

When you have sorrow in your heart, may love, hope and faith comfort you. Let your life bless others with your resolve for peace.

Political Art #2 — Via Andrea Kirsh — The melt down of the American Dream happens on Independence Mall, July 25, beginning at 1 PM. The monumental ice melt project is by the team of Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese who have previously melted down Democracy and the Economy. Very cool. More below and at the website.

Drawing for ice sculpture for Democratic Convention in Philadelphia and Republican Convention in Cleveland

Coming this Summer: The American Dream Project
This summer artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese are installing two 4,000-pound sculptures carved in ice that spell out the words The American Dream at the Republican and Democratic Conventions. The sculptures melt away during the day focusing on the erosion of opportunity and equality for all.

The sculpture will launch at 12:30 PM, July 19th at Transformer Station in Cleveland; and 1 PM, July 25th at Independence Mall in Philadelphia.

Political art #3 — InLiquid, Juvenile Law Center and photographer Richard Ross join up for a panel discussion on solitary confinement of juveniles in state prisons — Thursday, July 21, 5:30 PM, at the Free Library, Central Branch. — The panel is FREE and part of a larger city-spanning set of exhibits dealing with incarceration. Ed Note: InLiquid along with Richard Ross, Roberto Lugo and Matt Tomeszko teamed up for an exhibition, Juvenile In Justice in 2013. Here’s my review.

Register for the FREE event here. More information below.

InLiquid, Juvenile Law Center, and photographer Richard Ross, are collaborating on a multi-site exhibition of Ross’ photographs, audio recordings of detained youth, and a replica of a solitary confinement cell. Satellite venues and partners include Eastern State Penitentiary, U-Penn Law, and theAfrican American Museum in Philadelphia, with the main exhibit to open at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library just prior to the Democratic National Convention. The joined consortium will host an opening reception and panel discussion for Juvenile In Justice: End Solitary Confinement.

The exhibit at the Free Library of Philadelphia Parkway Central Branch will runJuly 21st – September 4th. Richard Ross’ photographs, detained youth audio recordings, and a life size replica of a solitary confinement cell will be exhibited on the 2nd Floor in the Gallery Space. Visitors will have the opportunity to step inside an 8′ x 8′ enclosure artistically reinterpreted by a local youth organization for a glimpse of what life is like for youth inside a solitary confinement cell. Physical youth detention items, including shackles, uniforms, shoes etc, will be on display in cases at the Free Library.

For the last 8 years, artist Richard Ross has toured the country photographing and capturing audio of youth in detention centers. The art, photos, and audio will help set the atmosphere of the event and used as pointers to engage in a tough but timely important discussion on banning these policies which deeply affects youth, sometimes permanently.

This event is free and open to the public. During the talk, panelists will discuss the existence of Solitary Confinement of Youth and the need for this institution to end permanently in many states across the United States.

Confirmed Panelists Include: photographer Richard Ross; Johnny Perez, Urban Justice Center Mental Health Project; Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick; and more to be announced.

WHERE: The Free Library of Philadelphia Central Branch 1901 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHEN: Thursday July 21, 2016 | Time: 5:30pm – 9pm

Pop Up Polaroid booth is a year old – come celebrate with them July 23 at The Art Department

My name is Kara Khan, I run a Polaroid photo booth in Philly called Pop Up Polaroid. I’m throwing a one year anniversary party at The Art Dept. (1638 E Berks St.) on July 23rd from 3-7pm. There will be an exhibit of polaroid artists, an emulsion lift + negative bleaching workshop, a polaroid print swap, and of course, a photo booth. We’ll also be grilling summer BBQ goodies and serving Sweetwater Brewing Co. brews. It’s going to be a super fun time for newbies and polaroid nerds alike.

Final Philly Stake micro-grant dinner event is on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Bartram’s Garden. Philly Stake was a great addition to the scene. Sorry to see it end.


AS IS, an artist project by Kaitlin Pomerantz caught my eye on Title Magazine. Very nice write up of a good project, and be sure to check out the slide show.


Percent for Art Competition for a piece in Fairmount Park.

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, announce a public art competition to commission three site-specific entry-gates for The Discovery Center, a new environmental education center to-be-located in the Strawberry Mansion district of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. This commission is in collaboration with the the East Park Leadership and Conservation Center, and is part of a $8.2 million new construction project.

A budget of $80,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

Click here to view the entire Call to Artists

Two from Flora Ward
1. The Delaware Contemporary seeks Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art and Programming:

The Delaware Contemporary seeks a visionary, team-oriented, and energetic program leader who is responsible for building and leading a balanced schedule of innovative and relevant temporary and travelling exhibitions and programs that advance the mission and values for the center, while reaching diverse audiences. The position requires a commitment to the local community with an eye for national and international impact. The ideal candidate is a respected individual with a strong network of connections and background in exhibition-making and program execution, who knows the community and has the ability to capture the viewer’s attention by bridging the physical with the virtual, who can serve individuals in a broad spectrum of disciplines and engagement modalities, while cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with patrons, collectors, community, and program partners. Having an interest in entwining software platforms with technology and the visual/anthropological culture is a desirable quality.

Complete information here.

2. The Barnes Foundation seeks an Assistant Curator

The Barnes Foundation is seeking an Assistant Curator to assist the Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions & Gund Family Chief Curator (the “DD for C/E/Chief curator”) in performing curatorial duties as well as contribute to exhibitions and publications.

Within the collection and exhibition department, the Assistant Curator will work with conservators, curatorial and exhibition assistants, visual resource manager, registrar, preparators, editors and archivists. S/he will be expected to contribute to projects on various aspects of the permanent collection and programs, including contemporary art. The assistant curator is also expected to collaborate with each department within the institution (Education, Development, Digital Initiatives, Marketing and Communications, etc.).

Complete information here.

Tyler School of Art seeks Non-Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing

Painting and Drawing Position –Non-Tenure Track Appointment 2016-2017.

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Painting

The Painting, Drawing and Sculpture Department of Tyler School of Art, Temple University, invites applications for a Non Tenure-Track Appointment position in Painting and Drawing. We seek an artist with a broad knowledge of historical and contemporary art practices, as well as a thorough understanding of technical, critical, and theoretical issues of the media. We expect a candidate to have a developed painting practice, professional accomplishments, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching.

Complete information here.


The great El Sawyer, filmmaker, activist and lynchpin of The Village of Arts and Humanities, received a 2-year, $100,000 artist-as-activist fellowship from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for his work with inmate and ex-offender populations. Read more here. Wonderful news for a great activist-artist!

Well-loved Philadelphia artist and educator, Joan Wadleigh Curran, has a solo exhibition at Miyako Yoshinaga, New York (in association with Savery Gallery, Philadelphia).

Joan Wadleigh Curran: Endurance
JULY 21 – AUGUST 14, 2016
Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday, July 21 from 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Tues. through Sat. 11AM-6PM & by appointment

SAVERY GALLERY, in association with MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, is pleased to announce Endurance: a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Philadelphia-based artist Joan Wadleigh Curran exploring the beauty and resilience of objects cast aside.

This exhibition is on view at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, located at 547 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor, in the Chelsea Art District of New York City.

Curran lives and works in Philadelphia. This is her second exhibition with Savery Gallery.

Shawn Thornton, The Brahamastra for a New Age (UFO/Time Machine), oil on panel, 2010-2012
Shawn Thornton, The Brahamastra for a New Age (UFO/Time Machine), oil on panel, 2010-2012

Artblog favorite, Shawn Thornton, is preparing work for a show at Cue Art Foundation, New York, next April, 2017. And hey, speaking of Cue Art, Rachel Reese, former Philadelphian and co-founder of Possible Projects, Possible Press, writer, curator, formerly of Fleisher Ollman Gallery, curated the July show, Radical Plastic, at Cue Art — Congratulations, Rachel!