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Talk philosophy tonight at Marginal Utility, Memorial for Barkley Hendricks at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on Sunday, grab a braille-Brancusi description by Lenka Clayton at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, read a good short piece about Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain,’ sign up for ICA’s summer art ed lectures, Plus a great opportunity!

Today's news is hyper-local and hyper-time-sensitive -- and hyper-short. News of today, this weekend and this summer, all about art and artist residencies in a short, sweet package.



Tonight! At Marginal Utility, a Modern Philosophy and Theory Reading Group

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 6:30-8:30 pm

Modern Philosophy and Theory Reading Group in Association with The Machete Group

The Modern Philosophy and Theory Reading Group convenes roughly every fortnight at Marginal Utility Gallery to work through salient texts in modern philosophy and contemporary critical theory. It aims to offer a platform for people interested in collectively thinking and discussing literature grounded in the social, political, artistic, existential and economical problematics of modern life.

The next few sessions will focus on Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals and we will be discussing Nietzsche’s short preface to the work during the first session. Please read this text in preparation for the discussion but note that the reading is not required for attendance and participation. Also, please note that we will be using the Oxford University edition and the Cambridge University edition. The latter can be found in full online and is easily downloadable.

No prior knowledge of Nietzsche is required for attendance.

For any questions and if you want to be put onto the mailing list, please contact Hammam Aldouri:

Memorial for Barkley Hendricks at PAFA

Honoring the remarkable life of a great American and trailblazing 20th century artist with roots in Philadelphia, whose work will continue to influence generations of artists to come.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
3 – 5 p.m.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Solo piano performance by Randy Weston, one of the world’s most influential jazz musicians.

Speakers include:
David R. Brigham, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem
Melissa McClinton, Niece of Barkley Hendricks
Richard J. Powell, Dean of the Humanities and John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art & Art History, Duke University
Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator, Nasher Museum of Art
Richard Watson, Exhibitions Manager / Artist in Residence, African American Museum in Philadelphia

Reception to follow

Braille description of Brancusi art for blind, by Lenka Clayton
LenkaClayton, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum. “Description of Constantin Brancusi’s Sculpture for the Blind (c.1920) by Lenka Clayton (2017),” 2017. Edition of 235 + 5 Artist ProofsEdition of 50 + 5 APs. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

More from the Fabric Workshop and Museum and Lenka Clayton – braille description of Brancusi Sculpture for the Blind

This limited-edition print by artist Lenka Clayton is a Braille translation describing Constantin Brancusi’s “Sculpture for the Blind.” Stemming directly from the artist’s new project on view at The Fabric Workshop and Museum , the print is intended to widen the accessibility of Brancusi’s iconic sculpture in a new and poetic way. Now available at $30 in our Museum Shop, call today at 215-561-8888 to order yours. More here and read Ilana Napoli’s review of Lenka Clayton’s exhibit at the FWM here.

ICA wants you to get to know contemporary art​

Extra Credit aims to provide a general overview of contemporary art and to demystify the field for those outside of the art world. It is ideal for anyone interested in learning more and for those looking to further engage with exhibitions and museums.

Classes will take place on Sundays at 12PM -1:30 PM from June 4 through July 30, and are free! Prior registration is preferred. Instructors are local artists, curators, and scholars.

For the dates, topics, and instructors, and any other information, please visit this ICA page.

A brochure for the full series can be found here.


A nice, short read from Oxford University Press blog, John Lubin writes about how Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” is not only an anti-art piece but an anti-war piece. Read it here.


MoCA Tuscon reboots its Artist in Residence program

In the fall of 2017, MOCA is re-launching its Artist-in-Residence program. Artists working in all media and at any stage of their career are welcome to apply for residencies for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 3 months between October 1 and December 31, 2017. The selected artists will each receive a 400 sq. ft. live/work space to create new work at MOCA Tucson with the option of a solo presentation of that work in January 2018. Artists are required to spend a minimum of 25 hours/week working in their studio. Artists will have free WiFi, access to shared bathrooms/kitchens/library/living space, and access to a shared woodshop/production space. Artists are encouraged to give a public lecture and/or workshop during the course of the residency for which stipends will be offered. During the course of the residency, we will arrange for curator visits to the artists’ studios. MOCA staff is on-hand to provide technical support and to respond to the studio needs of our Artists-in-Residence. Spouses, children, and pups are all welcome to visit and live with selected artists during their residency.

MOCA offers live/work studio space, exhibition opportunity, marketing support, and a nominal $1,000 production stipend only. Travel to/from the residency is the responsibility of the artist. MOCA will also produce a short video documenting artists’ experiences/process during the residency that can be used on the artists’ websites. Application Deadline is TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017, 5PM PST. The selected artists will be notified by August 10, 2017. Complete information here.