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Talks at UPenn, Moore, New Boon(e) will make you feel better; support your local small arts groups; try out the good Opportunities!
News today includes some good talks to go to, a couple interesting opportunities, an exhortation to support your local art groups and some good articles to read! - Artblog Editor

Julie Malen, "Chile Relleno with Sauce Accessory," seen in the annual juried show at Vox Populi Gallery, July, 2016. Support for Vox and other small arts organizations is crucial to the health of the art sector in Philadelphia. Please support!
Julie Malen, “Chile Relleno with Sauce Accessory,” seen in the annual juried show at Vox Populi Gallery, July, 2016. Support for Vox and other small arts organizations is crucial to the health of the art sector in Philadelphia. Please support!

A Word From the Editor


Strengthening our local art scene is more important than ever. Reduced funding for the arts is coming. The new climate of intolerance may quash advances in diversity and experimentation in the arts. Small institutions are more at risk since they live at the margin of the larger art world. At this “giving” time of year, make a donation to your favorite small arts institution or group. Artblog needs your support. So do Vox Populi, Space 1026, Ulises Book Shop, Village of Arts and Humanities, Slought, The Print Center, Hidden City Philadelphia, The St. Claire, Taller Puertorriqueno, Asian Arts Initiative and many more.



We are all looking for conversations that move the discussion forward.  There are some good ones coming up that you might want to partake of.

A Lecture by PennDesign Dean and Paley Professor Frederick Steiner – Introduced by Laurie Olin – Wed. Nov. 30, 6PM – FREE

This is the new Penn Design leader who left the University of Texas over their open carry on campus gun law. Lecture is Wed. Nov. 30, 6PM, Meyerson Hall, Room B1, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, 210 South 34th Street. Free and open to the public.

Frederick Steiner is the author, most recently, of Human Ecology (Second edition, Island Press, 2016), and co-editor of Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Design and Planning (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, 2016). A PennDesign alumnus (MRP’77, MA’86, PhD’86), he served as Dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin for 15 years. He previously taught at Penn and the following institutions: Arizona State University, Washington State University, and the University of Colorado at Denver. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and a Scholar at the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Conversations at Moore College of Art and Design – Wed. Dec. 7 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM – FREE

Via Daniel Tucker, Moore College of Art and Design Graduate Studies, this panel sounds like a good one — all about diversity in the art world and especially its institutions

Who is We? Intersecting Engagement and Equity Efforts at Philadelphia’s Arts Institutions
Wednesday, December 7th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Moore College of Art and Design
Stewart Auditorium
In recent years a growing number of museums and art venues have initiated community engagement programs. Concurrently, art schools are attempting to confront both their lack of diversity and their lack of inclusion for the diversity that does exists. This event attempts to take stock of how Philadelphia’s museums and art schools are responding to these questions through staffing changes, new initiatives and resources.

Drawing from Create Equity’s recent post this panel will consider the strategic and intersecting goals of Diversity, Prosperity, Redistribution, and Self-Determination.

Our Esteemed Panelists include:
Blake Bradford, Lincoln University
Maori Holmes, ICA
Kelli Morgan, PAFA
Damon Reeves, PMA
More information here. Register for the free event here.

“How to Survive” class series at New Boon(e) – Wed. Dec. 30, 2016, 7PM – 8 PM, Group Therapy with Marla – FREE

Via Leah Koontz and Darragh Nolan, the young activists at the member gallery, New Boon(e) have organized a series of USEFUL free classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings to help move people forward and heal shattered nerves after the election.

In light of the recent political climate in America, New Boone has decided to launch an emergency free and open to the public class series called How to Survive. This is going to run twice a week, for seven weeks. In fourteen “classes” leading up to inauguration day we will explore themes of democracy, healing, and unity. These 30-60 minute classes will take place on Monday and Wednesday from approximately 7-8pm. We will rely on volunteer teachers from our community to instruct creative and constructive means of coping. We hope to provide a safe space which activates the local community to support and participate in peaceful recalibration and resistance. Mark your calendar for any and all classes you feel would be useful for you…

Group Therapy session with Marla, Wed. Nov. 30, 7PM – 8 PM
Marla is a local social worker, in efforts to bring the community together and engage in dialog as well as group healing, she will be leading an open therapy session at New Boone. 7-8 pm!

253 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA


Documenta 14 seeks artists to interact with visitors in Kassel and Athens June 10-September 17, 2017 – paid position – application due Dec. 5, 2016

documenta 14 is looking for committed people who are interested in an open discussion on contemporary art with the visitors.
Members of the Chorus engage visitors to documenta 14. Their role is to follow the interests of the visitors-initiating dialogue, debate, and discussion by looking at and experiencing the work and sociopolitical as well as geographical contexts of documenta 14. Positions available at Kassel and Athens.

As a member of the Chorus you will have a paid position under a freelance contract.

The group interviews for Chorus members who wish to be based in Kassel during the period of documenta 14 will be held in Kassel between December 12-16, 2016. The group interviews for Chorus members who wish to be based in Athens during the period of documenta 14 will be held in Athens on December 19-20, 2016.

Travel and accommodation costs for the group interview week, for the research and preparation days as well as the period of documenta 14 in Kassel or Athens (according to the applicant’s locality) must be covered by the applicants.

To apply to become a chorus member, please send your CV and a motivational letter- indicating whether you your wish to be based-In Athens or Kassel to .

The Open Call for members of the Chorus is open until December 5, 2016.
Complete information here.

Open Call for “Nasty Woman” exhibit at ABD Gallery – Apply by Dec. 7.

ABD Gallery, at 319 N. 11th St., 4th floor (Vox Building) debuts the “Nasty Woman” exhibit in January, 2016. Show runs Jan. 6-31, with opening reception Jan. 6, 5PM – 10PM and a Inauguration Day Dissent on Jan. 20, 5PM – 10PM. Full details and application requirements here.

The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon seeks a Program Coordinator to support the exponential growth of our global initiative.

Part Time Temporary
Position – Program Coordinator

This is a 1 year contracted position for an average of 24 hours per week at a pay rate of $35 per hour. The Program Coordinator can work either remotely or in person; the lead co-organizers are based in New York and Baltimore. The position requires meeting on evenings and weekends as the lead co-organizers have a standing Sunday work session.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to us at Priority review will be given to applicants who submit their materials before December 9, 2016. Full details here.


Dave Kyu writes about Rob Blackson’s groundbreaking work at Temple Contemporary, in the Philadelphia Citizen!

Whitney Biennial of the coasts comes along, March 17, 2017. No Philadelphians this time. But a lot of activist artists in the line up.