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Rittenhouse – who owns the walls? Beautiful art by African American artists at Dolan/Maxwell, Lectures at Tyler+UPenn, Plus Collective Action makes $23K, New Boone Survival series and other activities for Jan. 20, Plus beaucoup Opportunities
Lots of good opportunities in today's News Post, plus some activities to help you get through the week (i.e., get through, ahem, Jan. 20.) - Artblog Editor



Take a seat – Sitting matters – Whose space is it?

In case you’re not familiar with the “no sitting on the walls” signs in Rittenhouse and the blowback they have received from citizens insulted by the attack on the public space, read Inga Saffron’s comprehensive and broad-thinking piece about private groups and public spaces. And if you want to bring your body to the scene, today at Noon – 1PM is the Sittenhouse Sit-in.

Update on Collective Action – We told you about the activist/anti-Trump/charity art auction last week in the News Post. The group made their $20,000 goal and topped it at $23,000! Congrats to the team and all who bought art for a good cause!

Stanley Whitney prints on paper
Stanley Whitney Untitled 2016 a series of 8 prints in various techniques from an edition of 18. Courtesy of Dolan/Maxwell website

Ron Rumford of Dolan/Maxwell writes to say they have works on paper by important African American artists, including Kerry James Marshall, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Martin Puryear, and a new series of etchings by Stanley Whitney. Check out the beautiful works at the D/M website.

It’s lecture season. Here’s a couple good lineups

UPenn Visual Studies Lectures (Via Ian Verstegen)
Penn Design Lecture Series
Tyler Critical Dialogues Lecture Series

Via Leah Koontz of New Boone – The Last of the group’s Survival workshops leading up to Jan. 20.

This wednesday we are hosting our final event (for now). I have attached some info below. We are going to be discussing self-publication as an act of defiance.

Please join us for our final program. Darragh and Leah are excited to lead a casual discussion where we will unpack the content touched upon throughout the series and the direction that we want to proceed in, with your feedback! We wish to share our plans to publish material collected from this series, and engage in dialog about self publishing as an act of communal support and self preservation. We also wish to share food and spirits as well as an open floor to share ideas and feeling about the coming administration.

Please bring contributions in the form of: writings, drawings, food, feelings, alcohol, thoughts, concerns, and feedback.

How to Survive – Sustaining Survival, Jan. 18, 7-8PM, New Boone

#J20 Art Strike on Inauguration Day – In the “opt out” manner of dealing with the Inauguration, artists have banded together to urge arts institutions to shut on Jan. 20, or open their doors for free. Add your name to the list of supporters.

Inauguration Day Civic Engagement Fair – The “opt in” manner of dealing with the Inauguration – go to the Free Library and participate in a workshop about civic engagement.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Parkway Central Library

Wondering how you can get involved in your community to effect change? Looking for help finding social services? Want to start meaningful conversations with your neighbors to make Philadelphia even better? The lobby will be flooded with local and national groups that, like the Free Library, welcome and celebrate individuals of all backgrounds. Join us as we celebrate inclusivity and civic engagement on Inauguration Day. All ages welcome.


Via The Week Here at Tyler – Local composer seeks artist.

Dan Wolf, a local composer, is in search of someone who can draw both sets and costumes for a musical he is presently writing. Payment negotiable. Contact him at: 267-251-9504 and see his website for more.

Deadline Extended to Jan. 20…Mural Arts seeks teaching artist/muralist for Porch Light

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light Program is establishing a new space in the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia. We’re seeking proposals from experienced artists for a workshop series and mural. The Kensington space will offer community members a place to create public art and engage with behavioral health services. The lead artist or artist team will provide visitors with art programming on a weekly basis, and will work with participants to design a mural or project that responds to the Kensington opioid crisis. Applications are due January 20, 2017.

Complete information at Mural Arts’ Calls For Artists page.

Free Workshops at the Rotunda
Vision Driven Artists give workshops on tax prep, planning, fundraising, grant writing, lots more — sounds really useful and FREE! Complete listing here.

Via Bree Pickering, former Vox Populi Executive Director, now Director of Murray Art Museum Albury, Australia…Curators, apply to work down under with Bree at MAMA! Deadline Feb. 10, 2017. Complete information at the MAMA website.

Clay Studio Open Call for Small Favors-Think Inside the Box – Deadline Jan. 22, 2017
Complete information at the Clay Studio website.