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Congratulations David Kessler and ‘Pine Barrens’ for best documentary at Jim Thorpe Film Fest, Congratulations 2017 Pew Center for Arts and Heritage grantees and fellows, Solstice tomorrow with Make Music Philly everywhere, Plus, Feminist Forum at Vox Populi tonight, Stanley Whitney at Documenta and Opportunities

Today's News is short and to the point, with many congratulations and opportunities and a little Artblog travel news. It's news of our world. Enjoy!



Stanley Whitney paintings at Documenta 14
Stanley Whitney’s room in the Documenta Halle. Beautiful works, so wonderful to see them there.

I just got back from a trip to Documenta 14 in Kassel and will tell you about it soon. The show, which takes place all over the small German town and happens once every 5 years, is planted in museums, parks, a former post office and other unused warehouse space. The curatorial thrust is political and activist, focused heavily on Greece, economic peril and the plight of immigrants. Among the more strident and activist works, it was fantastic to see an entire gallery of paintings by Stanley Whitney on prominent display! Whitney is an Artblog favorite and long-time and beloved painting professor at Tyler School of Art.


Artblog favorite, David Kessler’s film, The Pine Barrens, wins Best Documentary at Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival – congratulations, David! More about the film fest at their website.

Watch the official trailer for the Pine Barrens:

Six years in the making, within the heart of New Jersey’s Pinelands. The Pine Barrens is a film that explores the symbiotic, yet frequently destructive relationship between man and nature in a strange and unlikely wilderness, within the most densely populated state in the US. Through intimate moments with individuals in connection with the land, it reveals the influence of place on identity during a period of gradual loss, of both a way of life and of the environment that gave birth to it.
Produced and directed by David Scott Kessler
Featuring a live score by The Ruins Of Friendship Orchestra

Pew fellowships and grants announced – Congratulations, all! This year’s list is pro-actively diverse and shows an embrace of institutions big and small and artists performing great work in the Philadelphia community! Special shout outs to fellows, Camae Ayewa & Rasheedah Phillips, for their Afro-Futurist cultural practice and to Wilmer Wilson IV for his performances and multi-media work; and to grantees, Ulises, PPAC, the Clay Studio, RAIR, and Temple Contemporary, for amazing upcoming and ongoing programming.

This year, more than $10.3 million in funding supports 12 Pew Fellowships for artists working in a variety of disciplines, 39 Project grants for the presentation of exceptional, creative programming and events, and 2 Advancement grants to implement catalytic initiatives led by exemplary institutions.
Full list here at the PCAH website.

Tonight, June 20, 2017, at 7 PM at Vox Populi – Feminist Urgent Round Table #7: The Question of Abuse

Feminist Urgent Round Table #7: The Question of Abuse
Moderated by Katya Grokhovsky

Feminist Urgent and Vox Populi invite you to join us in an open discussion about abuse in all it’s forms and manifestations, it’s lasting affect on our lives, our work, our world.

Feminist Urgent is an in-flux open-forum, discussion, journal, social-practice, community, founded by artist Katya Grokhovsky. []

At this event we are asking for those who can to donate to Women Against Abuse, a local Philadelphia organization which helps victims and survivors of abuse. See the Facebook event page for more.

Music all over the place on the summer solstice – Wed. June 21, 2017 it’s Make Music Philly

Make Music Day is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. Map with listing at the Make Music Philly website.

I stumbled upon Make Music New York in 2011 and it was a terrific rush to see and hear great music on the streets and in the parks. See my 2011 post about Make Music New York.


Asian Arts Initiative open call for art about the small moments in the immigration process. In addition to the life-changing and often life-threatening journey that is migration, the immigration process involves times of small entanglements, delays, red tape and other micro-annoyances that add up to big headaches. “Hurry Up and Wait” seeks to explore those other moments in the process.

Hurry Up and Wait
A juried exhibition at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia
Curated by Adriel Luis
Exhibition: September 1* – December 15, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8pm
Submission Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2017
More information and online application here.

College of Physicians and the Mutter Museum seek Digital Video Producer – Part Time position for emerging creative. Complete application information here.