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Happy Anniversary RACSO Fine Arts and AAMP, Massive congratulations Eli LaBan, Open House at PMA, Jack Wolgin Lecture, Jennifer Steinkamp on Parkway, and Marian Anderson Historical Society concert
Congratulations are in order for many in this week's News Post. RACSO turns 2; AAMP turns 40. Plus, Eli LaBan is nominated for College Television Emmy, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens its doors to show its new proposed Modern and Contemporary plans, and other great news.


Open House #1 – Happy Anniversary, RACSO FINE ARTS, now in its second year! The dedicated Latino Art gallery is celebrating with an open house, Saturdan, April 1, 2017, 4-8PM. Work by many gallery artists will be on view. Some Artblog favorites include Jaime Álvarez, José Ortiz-Pagán, Henry Bermúdez, Alexis Nutini, Miguel Antonio Horn. Stop in at 1935 E. Passyunk Ave and say hi!

Jennifer Steinkamp, Winter Fountains, for Philadelphia, Winter 2017
Jennifer Steinkamp, Proposal for Winter Fountains, 2017. Digital rendering at Sister Cities Park, Philadelphia © Jennifer Steinkamp.

The Association for Public Art will bring Jennifer Steinkamp‘s 35 ft-diameter, digitally-animated sculptural domes to the Ben Franklin Parkway next Winter (2017). A number of “Winter Fountains,” 2017, will be sited at various stops along the Parkway and each will include imagery from the Parkway’s many museums . More at the ApA website.

Open House #2 – Thursday, March 30, 10:00am to 5:00pm, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is having an open house and invites the community to come see the proposal for the new Modern and Contemporary galleries and other big changes coming by architect Frank Gehry. Admission on March 30 is pay what you wish. More information at the PMA website.

Remember the Jack Wolgin Prize, awarded to Ryan Trecartin in 2009? Well, here it is in its new iteration, The Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist Lecture Series.

The Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Judy Pfaff – Wednesday, April 5, 6PM, FREE, register here
Science Education and Research Center
1926 N. 12th St., Room 116
Cocktail reception follows at Tyler School of Art,Temple Contemporary, 2001 N. 13th St.

Throughout her career, Judy Pfaff has always worked both two and three dimensionally, incorporating a wide variety of materials within her paintings, sculptures, prints and installations. Known as a pioneer of installation art, her sculptures and installations meticulously piece together plastic, fiberglass, steel, and fabric to create visually complex and detailed environments. Like her installations, Pfaff’s prints contain a three-dimensional quality, layering her drawings, paintings and prints with hand-applied materials such as fabric-dye, ink, and collage.

We are thrilled for Eli LaBan, who made some incredible Art Splash videos with Artblog last summer. Eli spent last semester in Nicaragua, video recording the country’s many indigenous languages, which are in danger of dying out. His video series, “That’s We Language,” was selected for the Alice Swanson Fellowship from SIT Nicaragua, which will provide funding for him to continue the project. Secondly, the series was nominated as a finalist for the most prestigious college award, the Television Academy’s College Emmy Awards, in the category, Unscripted Series. More on the series at Eli’s website. More about the College Emmy Awards at their website. Awards will be handed out May 24. We have our fingers for this talented videographer.

Congratulations to The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP), which announced three exciting initiatives at its gala 40th Anniversary celebration March 24. First, they received a PNC Arts Alive grant to present “PhilAesthetic.” The exhibition, opening in June, 2017, will celebrate notable Philadelphia Black artists of America’s Black Arts Movement (BAM), from 1965-1975.

Second, AAMP is establishing a new residency for an art and social change program, “to advance the work of emerging Black artists from the Philadelphia region…and to deepen AAMP’s growing relationship and presence within the artistic and residential communities. AAMP plans to partner with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, whose New York-based artist residency program has successfully supported emerging artists of color since 2011.”

Third, AAMP announced a “budding partnership” between AAMP and Art Sanctuary. Both organizations provide programs and services that celebrate Black art.

The National Marian Anderson Historical Society, MAHS, Presents ” Marian, Mahalia and Paul, The Music The Movement & The Legacy,” a theatrical event.  Easter Saturday, April 15th, 2017. at the Historic Union Baptist Church, 19th and Fitzwater Streets, 4pm Curtain. RSVP Early for an Admission Ticket of $25.00. Admission at the Show Door is $30.00 Call to confirm @ 215-779-4219. More information at the MAHS website.