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Taller Puertorriqueño’s Schomburg Symposium on Sports and Blackness, Philly’s first Drawing Marathon at Fleisher, Douglas Witmer’s music at TSA, Street Road Space turns 5, Hands Off Our Revolution, Community Sponsored Art (CSA) Pops up at Globe Dye Works, Plus Opportunities!
News today rounds up local and national events and some exciting job and artist residency opportunities. - Artblog Editor



21st Annual Arturo A. Schomburg Symposium at Taller Puertorriqueño

This year’s Schomburg Symposium will be in Taller’s brand new building. If you haven’t been up to see it, be prepared to be impressed. The topic is Sports and Blackness, a topic fraught with a difficult history that continues to the present. More information below.

Arturo Schomburg Symposium
Sports and Blackness
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Taller Puertorriqueño’s new El Corazón Cultural Center
2600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133
Cost: $25 in advance/ $30 door
Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch
Taller members and students with I.D. receive 50% discount.
Deadline for Advance Registrations: Wednesday, February 22nd by 12am.

To purchase tickets visit:

In honor of Black History Month Taller Puertorriqueño’s annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium for the last twentyone years has focused on exploration of the different aspects of the complex relationship of the African diaspora to Latin American culture. With presentations by distinguished scholars, this event offers the opportunity to deepen knowledge and understanding, foster dialogue, and educate audiences and speakers alike. We celebrate the 21st Annual Arturo A. Schomburg Symposiu, Sports and Blackness, Inclusion? will be held Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Taller Puertorriqueño’s new El Corazón Cultural Center, 2600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA.

This year’s Schomburg Symposium considers the contributions of Afro-Latino descendants to professional sports recognizing their significance within the field but also their societal impact.
On the other hand, it will also pose the question of whether this participation has meant real inclusion, integration, both or neither.

The symposium will feature a diverse group of distinguished scholars including Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, author of The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016) He will present “Sport and Race in Latin American and Puerto Rican History”.

Dr. Naydi Nazario Muñiz is professor of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. An accomplished athlete herself she has published articles about sport, sport psychology, the sociology of sports as it relates to gender, race, socio-economic issues, and class. Particularly how these and other dimensions impact the activity and physical aptitude of the athletes and their social well-being. She will present “Puerto Rico: Race, Class and Social Change in Sports”.

The Annual Schomburg Symposium honors the life and work of Puerto Rican-born, Arturo A. Schomburg who at an early age came to New York where he got involved with the revolutionary movement of Cubans and Puerto Ricans. He also began collecting and documenting information about African American icons during the Harlem Renaissance in the U.S. Schomburg became a self-taught scholar amassing one of the largest collections of books and world-wide research on the African Diaspora. His collection became the cornerstone of the New York Public Library’s Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints, known today as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc. (Taller) established in 1974 and located in Philadelphia, is a community based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture, grounded in the conviction that embracing one’s cultural heritage is central to community empowerment. Taller is also committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and our common roots.

people drawing from the live model
Drawing Marathon hosted by the New York Academy of Art. March 3 is the first Philadelphia Drawing Marathon, at Fleisher Art Memorial

First-ever Philadelphia Drawing Marathon at Fleisher Fri, Mar 3, 1PM – 9 PM. Free – RSVP required – Hosted by NY Academy of Art

The New York Academy of Art is pleased to announce it will host its first ever Philadelphia Drawing Marathon on March 3 at Fleisher Art Memorial. For 8 hours, from 1 – 9 pm, dozens of local artists and art students will be sketching figure models in a convivial social atmosphere. The event, which we are making free to the community, will be led by the director of the New York Academy of Art’s drawing program, Philadelphia resident Michael Grimaldi, who will also be present along with other Academy faculty, offering tips and portfolio reviews. NOTE: This event is free but you must RSVP to guarantee a place.

The Academy is the national leader in teaching figurative art and figure drawing and has hosted many drawing events in New York, including a recent one where the surprise guest model was rock star Iggy Pop, who posed nude to be sketched, and a drawing demo with our star faculty that we livestreamed on Facebook Live, drawing over 40,000 viewers. A drawing party like this is a rare opportunity for artists to work alongside each other, and everyone always loves the atmosphere – sketching in groups around a nude model was exactly how artists hung out together in Montmartre, a century ago.

Artblog favorite, Douglas Witmer (podcast coming soon) is premiering and performing a new musical composition, “Dark Water” at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 319 N. 11th St., 2nd floor, site of his current exhibition at TSA, “Dubh Glas”. Performance and Reception are Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7 PM – 9 PM – Performances at 7:30 and 8:15pm. From his recent email:

I will debut (and perform) an approximately 20-minute piece for electric guitar and effects called “Dark Water” on Friday March 10 at 7:30 and 8:15 pm (reception that night from 7-9). A recorded version of the piece will be available for download TBA.

Street Road Space, the experimental artists’ space in Chester County, celebrates 5 years – Congratulations!

back, forth
Street Road Artists Space at 5 years: a participatory exhibition
November 12, 2016 – April 22, 2017
Main reception – Earth Day, April 22, 2017, 1-7pm.
back, forth examines the ways independent art spaces make connections amongst a multiplicity of communities. This show traces threads of artistic and social influence connected to our past programming, and seeks to contemplate and widen Street Road’s networks of relationships as we look to the future.

The following associated events consider alternative art spaces/projects and their communities. See you next Sunday for the first one and for the new moon.

All events will be live on Facebook.

New Moon Blessing @ Street Road
Sasha Boyle
Sunday, February 26th: NEW MOON
Ritual: 10-10:30am
Coffee, conversation: 9:45am – 12:00pm.
Cochranville, PA-based Sasha Boyle has been forging the way with helping us to develop a Street Road residency. She writes: ‘The new moon is a time where the energies of the sun and the moon support new intentions. In the current cultural and political climate, I am concerned about the future as it relates to art and as it relates to women. Street Road experimental artist space’s unwavering spirit of inclusion and constant inquiry into the use of land is important to me. I am offering a new moon ritual on the new moon of February 2017. With the intention of anchoring the beauty of art and inquiry at Street Road, I will offer tobacco on the property, use the ho’oponopono blessing and smudge the perimeter with Cedar to clear the sacred space and bring vision of the bright future.’

Sarah Alderman, Bypassed project, Coatesville, PA
Kaori Homma by Skype from London, Art Action UK, Fukushima Residency
Saturday, March 18th, 1-3pm @ Street Road
Panel discussion with audience participation
We are pleased to welcome Sarah Alderman as a first-time contributor to a Street Road project and our longtime contributor Kaori Homma. Both have founded and developed complex, multi-year projects centered in art and at the same time deeply committed to their respective communities and to addressing two of the hardest challenges facing societies today.

Sunday, April 23rd @ The Latvian Society, Philadelphia, PA, 1-3pm.
Laris Kreslins
David A. Parker
Christianna Potter Hannum
Panel discussion with audience participation
Two writers and an artist who have been important to the conception and development of ‘back, forth’ discuss their roles, and art’s role, as a connective force. The venue – a remarkable space in Philadelphia – has been chosen both for its personal relevance for the speakers, and as a prelude to coming Street Road ventures outside of Cochranville.

Saturday, April 22nd @ Street Road
Earth Day.
Our new connections, and the
Scientists March on Washington
will be supported and celebrated.

Facts Matter – Yes they Do – Nice video by Chicago’s Field Museum about their fact-based reality.
Day of Facts Video available on their Facebook page.

Via Artforum…Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Rightwing Populism

More than 200 artists, musicians, writers, and arts professionals from forty countries have pledged to take part in Hands Off Our Revolution, a global art project that will organize a series of exhibitions and other programming that will confront the rise of right-wing populism around the world.

According to the project’s mission statement, Hands Off Our Revolution is an art coalition that will create radical art to “help counter the rising rhetoric of right-wing populism, fascism, and the increasingly stark expressions of xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, and unapologetic intolerance.” It continues, “We know that freedom is never granted—it is won. Justice is never given—it is exacted. Both must be fought for and protected, but both have never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp, as at this moment.”

Hands Off Our Revolution kicked off on Thursday, February 16, with an animated web banner by British artist Mark Titchner that reads: “Hands off our borders; Hands off our water; Hands off our air; Hands off our land; Hands off our cities; Hands off our homes; Hands off our planet; Hands off our bodies; Hands off our health; Hands off our justice; Hands off our friends; Hands off our families; Hands off our loves; Hands off our lives.” Among the artists participating in the project are John Akomfrah, Laurie Anderson, Tammam Azzam, Yto Barrada, Sophie Calle, Olafur Eliasson, Okwui Enwezor, Douglas Gordon, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Steve McQueen, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Ed Ruscha, Hito Steyerl, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

“We artists are united in our mission to counter small minded prejudice,” Kapoor said. “Our art affirms our humanity and we insist on inclusion of all and for all. We call for action by people of good conscience to stand against the abhorrent policies of the governments that claim to represent us.”

The project’s inaugural programming, which will consist of a series of contemporary art exhibitions and events, will be announced on March. It will spotlight the rise of right-wing populism in the US, Europe, and elsewhere, bringing into public view statements, questions, and reflections on the state of today. Taking place in central art institutions and alternative spaces around the world, the exhibitions and projects will bring together artists who critically and imaginatively engage with the complexities of today’s political and social realities and encourage us to reflect more profoundly on the world in which we want to live.

Hal Foster, a theoretician and art historian at Princeton University, said, “I signed on to the coalition for many reasons, but above all for one—its insistence on the radical nature of art. It is time for artists, critics, and academics to push back, hard, from the left, and to summon up, as they do so, past moments when cultural practice was animated by leftist politics and vice versa. At these moments art was more than a luxury commodity, a celebrity scene, a scandal topic, and it can be so again.”

FREE CSA Spring Pop Up at Globe Dye Works

Please join us for a meet-up event celebrating the 2017 Community Supported Art project — featuring a pop-up exhibition, open studios, and artists’ reception. During this event at Globe Dye Works, we will be debuting the 2017 CSA silkscreen poster created by Anne Schaefer. This poster will be given out to all shareholders of the 2017 CSA.

This is a great chance to meet some of the artists for the 2017 season, see artwork produced in the 2012 edition, and explore some of the open studios of Globe Dye Works resident artists. We will provide light refreshments.

Register here

We hope to see you there!

About the CSA
Five years after its first wildly successful launch in 2012, Grizzly Grizzly and CO’s Community Supported Art has returned in 2017. Like a Community Supported Agriculture program, CSA supports a direct maker-to-buyer relationship between artists and collectors working and living in the Philadelphia region. Featuring a diverse range of contemporary art from local artists, the program offers curated “shares” of innovative and affordable artwork.

Grizzly Grizzly & CO. is thrilled to present the six new artists for the 2017 Season:
Grimaldi Baez, interactive drawing
Leah Bailis, textile sculpture
Marc Blumthal, digital photographic arts
Julianna Foster, photographic book arts
Alexis Nutini, printmaking
Lucia Thomé, sculpture


painting being installed at American Revolution Museum
19th-Century Painting of Washington and Rochambeau at Siege of Yorktown being installed at the new Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution Job Fair
Thurs Feb 23, 3PM – 7PM
101 S. 3rd St.
More information on the Job Fair at the Facebook page

Join our growing team!

We will be accepting applications for these jobs:

Visitor Services Associate
Represents the Museum to visitors in a positive and appropriate manner, handling general visitor inquiries, questions, operating theaters and selling tickets.

Security Guards
Oversee and protect Museum property, staff and visitors, maintaining a safe and secure environment by observing any signs of crime, disorder, or disturbances.

Program Facilitators
Deliver innovative, engaging, inspirational and accessible programs for school, educator and youth group audiences in daily and monthly programming, special events, classes and workshops.

Clean and sanitize offices and public spaces of the museum. Event set up and breakdown, mail and package delivery and outside cleaning and snow removal.

Visitor Services Supervisor
Leads the floor staff in providing a high level of customer service and satisfaction to ensure an excellent experience for all visitors; overseeing the selling of Museum admission; training floor staff; handling questions or complaints; and overseeing financial controls for the box office sale and ticketing equipment.

Please come prepared with your cover letter, resume, and a list of three (3) professional references. Applicants without these documents will not be interviewed.

For more information about these positions, please visit our website.

Via the Week Here at Tyler…UCROSS Residency Apps Due Mar 1

About the UCROSS Residencies: There are two residency sessions annually. Application deadlines are March 1 for Fall Session, which runs from August through the first Friday in December, and October 1 for Spring Session, which runs from March through the first Friday in June. Residencies vary in length from two to six weeks. Applications are only accepted by online submission.

Application submission closes at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on the corresponding deadline. Deadline for reference letters is on the 7th day following each deadline (March 7 and October 7).

To apply, each applicant must complete a Ucross Foundation Residency Application Form and provide the required materials, including two letters of recommendation, a project description and a work sample as described in the Application Guidelines. There is a $40 nonrefundable application fee. There is no fee for a residency.