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Tour Jon Rubin’s 9th St. Stock Market Exchange, See 9th annual Philly Asian American Film Festival, Visit José Ortiz-Pagán at C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, Attend RAIR Trash-Bash, apply to Opportunities!
Today's News features a 9th St. walking tour, a 9th annual film festival, a trash-bash auction and some solid opportunities. --Artblog Editor



Friend of Artblog and teacher of our Artist and Social Responsibility Project class, Theresa Rose has a wonderful community project she’s curated. 9th Street Stock Exchange, with a title punning on the financial markets, is a collaboration (not competition) between merchants in the Italian Market. Get a ticket for a guided walking tour of the project, only ($5) here.

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Jon Rubin’s 9th Street Stock Exchange project in the Italian Market. Shot of exchanged stock at DiBruno Brothers

During nine weeks in the fall, the historic 9th Street Market turns into a participatory public art project. Led by artist Jon Rubin, the 9th Street Stock Exchange sets up an alternate economic system between recent immigrant and established businesses that operate in close proximity to each other but are often separated by cultural and socioeconomic differences. Rotating weekly, the participating stores will be displaying and selling selected products from each other’s businesses, facilitating new social connections by experimentally incorporating an aspect of each other’s identity into their own. A circle of trust is constructed through the project as each participant business becomes familiar and invested in a small way in the commercial welfare of the other participants. Products that in one business are culturally specific and expected by a regular customer base become strangely incongruous and newly present through this weekly act of dislocation. Take a guided tour Sunday, Oct. 30, 11AM. Tickets are $5, get them here.

Get your popcorn ready for the 9th annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, coming Nov. 10-20, 2016. Tickets are reasonable ($7-10) Get tickets here.

From the Festival…
The festival will feature over 70 films, intimate discussions with filmmakers, celebrity chef catering, live musical performances, a two-day academic conference, live theater performances by local Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists, and more! Special guests anticipated to attend include Danny Pudi (NBC’s Community), Cambodian Rapper Prach Ly, Japanese chef Chigumi Obayashi, and dozens of participating filmmakers.

The festival opens on Thursday, November 10 at 7PM with the Philadelphia Premiere of “The Tiger Hunter,” a comedy drama starring Pudi as a young Indian man who relocates to 1970s Chicago to become an engineer. Director Lena Khan and Pudi are expected in attendance for a Q&A, followed by a reception featuring music by DJ Rekha. The festival closes on Sunday November 20 with “Mele Murals,” about a young generation of Native Hawaiians who are reclaiming their indigenous culture through graffiti art. Director Tad Nakamura and graffiti legend Prime will conduct a film Q&A and live mural painting. Admission includes entry to the Closing Night Reception catered by local Hawaiian food truck Poi Dog, and will feature the unveiling of a limited edition Hawaiian ice cream flavor from Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

PAAFF also presents the Regional Premiere of Oscar-winning filmmaker David Goodman’s film “Singers in the Band,” a feature documentary that offers an unflinching look at the US military’s role in the South Korean sex trade. Goodman, a Philadelphia native, will be in attendance for the Q&A.

New Directions in Iranian Cinema Showcase
Pacific Showcase presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications
I Bear Witness Art Exhibit at Asian Arts Initiative

Visit the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival website and Facebook page for more information and get tickets here.

José Ortiz-Pagan, print image
José Ortiz-Pagan, image from his Cénit series, Cenit 1.0 (Study) 12″x12″, stencil on Carbon Steel plate, 2016. On view at Cindy Ettinger Studio from Oct. 27.

Artblog favorite, José Ortiz-Pagán’s work is featured at C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery beginning Oct. 27, with a reception from 5-7PM. This is recent work previously shown at RACSO Gallery in South Philadelphia. Listen to a podcast I did with José recently to find out more about his great artist who works with rust on steel plates and whose subject matter is about economic systems, displacement and migration.

Fun on the Horizon! The RAIR 2016 Trash Bash Fundraiser is Nov. 16, 2016, 6-7PM (VIP Reception) 7-10 (General) at Crane Arts, 1400 N. American St.

Silent and Live Auction time for RAIR, singlehandedly changing perceptions about the trash-to-art movement. The auctions feature work by — Sarah McEneaney, Micah Danges, Jayson Musson, Steven Dufala, Amze Emmons, Elizabeth Osborne, Billy Dufala, Emilia Brintnall, Sarah Gamble, Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck, Lucia Thomé, Jaime Alvarez, Theo Mullen, Hiro Sakaguchi, Mariel Capanna, Lily Cox-Richard, Chris Johanson, Drew Leshko, Justin Webb. Tickets here.


Harvard seeking video/film professor for tenure track position.

The Department of Visual and Environmental Studies is seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of art practice specializing in video/film and its intersections with installation and/or performance. Applications are due November 4, 2016. Complete information here.

Vox Populi seeks Executive Director

Vox Populi, a nonprofit contemporary art space and collective in Philadelphia, seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the Executive Director and to advance its mission to support underrepresented artists and build cultural programming. The Director will lead the organization, working directly and in concert with collective members, the board of directors and other stakeholders to manage the programs and administration of this unique organization. In addition, the Director will produce relevant curatorial content that aligns with the organization’s mission.

For over 27 years, Vox Populi has supported the challenging and experimental work of emerging, local and national, artists and curators through a variety of initiatives, including: exhibitions, performances, lectures, film screenings, music and other related programming. On average, there are 20-25 collective members that staff, run and program the gallery, under the direction of the Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing programming, board relations, development and grant writing, public relations, and institutional planning for Vox Populi. Applicants must have experience managing multiple stakeholders in a complex organizational structure, financial responsibility, demonstrated fundraising abilities, and a strong commitment to working collaboratively with artists. Competitive applicants will exhibit a commitment to artistic excellence and a productive and inclusive working culture. They should have a track record as an accomplished leader, manager and collaborator in a comparable role as an arts professional. Exemplary writing and communication skills and attention to detail are essential.

Vox Populi is looking for:

-a creative and thoughtful leader that can engage and motivate the membership and board.
-a passionate advocate for Vox Populi and the vision of the organization.
-a leader who is aware of the cultural and civic environment beyond Vox Populi and creative about inserting Vox into the larger conversation.

Vox Populi is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Director position has $50-$55K salary range and health insurance up to $300/month premium.


Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is a nonprofit arts collective that supports the work of emerging artists and curators with monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances and lectures. For over 27 years, Vox has played a unique role in the cultural life of Philadelphia by bringing our audience cutting-edge contemporary art and a diverse range of programming, while at the same time providing a supportive environment in which artists and curators can experiment, take risks and gain valuable experience in launching their professional careers. Our members consistently exhibit a high level of professional achievement and regularly receive distinguished awards including Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Independence Fellowships, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships. With a rotating membership and a commitment to working collectively, the gallery has remained true to its roots and continues to be a vital forum for the development and exchange of ideas. To this end, we have developed comprehensive a exhibition schedule including solo shows of both member and guest artists, a curated video program, an alternative performance venue, annual guest-curated shows, exchanges with peer organizations and group shows that provide critical exposure for under-represented artists. At the heart of Vox’s practice is inclusivity of all people and viewpoints. Vox welcomes and embraces people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.


Interested applicants should provide their resume, cover letter, three references, a writing sample, and supplemental materials of past curatorial efforts.

Send materials to- (application not to exceed 25mb) Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 7th