Tiger Strikes Asteroid moves, Congratulations Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Artist and Change Residency for black artists, snapshot from Vox Populi Gallery opening, plus Opportunities at Asian Arts Initiative and High Tide, and more

Today's news includes a move by an alternative gallery that was in the 319 N. 11th ("Vox") building to a new home at Crane Arts, an Artist and Change residency, a picture from the temporary home of Vox Populi Gallery at 990 Spring Garden, and two exhibition opportunities.


Tonight, Modern Philosophy and Theory Reading Group at New Boone Gallery. Join Marginal Utility Gallery and New Boone Gallery – Wednesday, 26 July 2017 6:30-8:30 pm at New Boone in Old City.

The next few sessions will focus on Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals. The next session will be on Wednesday, 26 July @ New Boone Gallery 253 N. 3rd St. 6:30-8:30pm. More information here.


Tiger Strikes Asteroid joins Crane Arts galleries in Kensington. First show in the new space on the first floor of 1400 N. American St. opens Aug. 4. Anachronism and Liberation, curated by Mary Henderson and Jane Irish. Opening reception, Thursday August 10, 6-9pm. We have visited TSA many times through the years.

Artblog Art Safari in April, 2014, visited Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery. Here, Jaime Alvarez and Anne Schaeffer talk with our group.
Artblog Art Safari in April, 2014, visited Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery. Here, Jaime Alvarez and Anne Schaeffer talk with our group.

Back in 2012, we took a group to TSA in our 2012 Art Safari to the Vox Building, which focuses on TSA member Jaime Alvarez’s photos,then on view at TSA. Here’s the letter from the Tigers about their move to Crane Arts…

Dear Tiger Friends,
We’re quite excited to announce that after eight years as part of the vibrant arts community at 319 North 11th Street, we are moving our gallery to Crane Arts in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. Programming commences in our new location in August.

The move has been some time in the making. The scope of our projects has grown tremendously over the past several years with the addition of our sister spaces in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. We have also recently completed the process of becoming a 501(c)3 non­profit organization. Our new larger gallery, located on the ground floor of the Crane next to our longtime friends at FJORD, will allow us to better meet our organizational goals and respond to the trajectory of our growth.

We’re planning a Housewarming Bash for our new space early this fall! Details TBA! Stay tuned!

319 North 11th Street is a very special place…it’s where Tiger Strikes Asteroid first began in 2009! We will savor all the memories of camaraderie and collaboration we have had with our neighbors and patrons over the years, knowing that together we made an incredible impact in the art world of Philadelphia and beyond.

Thank you for your continued friendship. We look forward to sharing many more years with you at Crane Arts.

Your friends at Tiger Strikes Asteroid


Via GenerocityNew Pew-funded Artist and Change Residency for emerging local Black artists…

…The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Residency for Art and Change seeks to advance the work of emerging local Black artists.

A small store attached to an old bank converted to a gallery in Olney will soon be the home of the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s (AAMP) new artist residency program.

AAMP’s forthcoming 18-month Residency for Art and Change is funded by a $60,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The program seeks to advance the work of emerging Black artists in the Philadelphia area, provide them affordable studio and exhibition space, opportunities to collaborate with the community and greater exposure.

The program is in collaboration with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation; the converted bank is Rush Arts Philadelphia gallery, a branch of a New York organization.

Rush’s New York-based residency program was launched in 2011 and “provided a good model for us,” said Patricia Wilson Aden, president and CEO of AAMP.

Wilson Aden said the program will “lay groundwork” in late summer or early fall of this year and aims to select artists and establish a presence in the community within the next nine months.

Danny Simmons, co founder and vice chairman of Rush, said the old store attached to the gallery will be renovated into studios and storage space for artists in the program. The 1,200 square feet will accommodate two artists. Read the full story here.


Congratulations, Kelsey Halliday Johnson, new Executive Director at SPACE Gallery, Portland, Maine! Kelsey is a friend of Artblog and was previously a Curatorial Fellow in Photography and New Media at the James A. Michener Art Museum and a member of Vox Populi Gallery.

Via artnetNew Art Criticism Awards from Rabkin Foundation offer $50,000 grants for arts journalists and critics. No applications necessary – they use nominators. Read the full story here.

Via Plan Philly“Historical landscape” kerfuffle over a proposed James Turrell Skyspace that looks like “a UFO on stilts” in back of the PMA.  Read about the Historical Commission meeting.  The Art Commission and the Architectural Committee already approved the proposal.

Souleye Fall, "Beneath Lies the Future of Our People," 2017, at Vox Populi's Annual Juried Show
Souleye Fall, “Beneath Lies the Future of Our People,” 2017, at Vox Populi’s Annual Juried Show

I visited 990 Spring Garden Street on July 14, 2017, for the openings of the alternative galleries driven out of their home at 319 N. 11th St. Vox Populi, Napoleon, Practice, Marginal Utility all have exhibitions to Aug. 20 with another First Friday opening, Aug. 4, 6PM – 10PM. The galleries are in the first floor in spaces that are large, open, and filled with windows.  In the case of the Vox Annual Juried Show, Are ‘Friends’ Electric, the large, high-ceilingsedspace with partition walls mostly did not create an intimate space for works that would benefit from close quarters. However, Souleye Fall’s sprawling, basement-like, mud-splashed installation “Beneath Lies the Future of Our People,” 2017, looked right at home. I love the brut, ritualistic anti-ambiance of the installation and am sorry I missed Souleye Fall’s performance. Listen to the 2016 podcast I did with the artist in which the Senegalese-born artist talks about his hand-sewing practice.


Panel Talk at Delaware Contemporary Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 – I am moderating a panel talk at The Delaware Contemporary  Friday, Aug. 4, 5 – 6 PM.  The panel is in conjunction with the exhibit, Jarring, with artists Roberto Lugo with Charlie Cunningham, Mat Tomezsko, Theodore Harris, and Yelizaveta Masalimova.  Jarring is up to Aug. 27, 2017.  The panel is part of the First Friday “Art Loop” in Wilmington, with activities from 5 – 9 PM. Come down and join the discussion about jarring truths in the art world.


Open Call at High Tide

High Tide is turning 2 years old!

Help us celebrate and broaden our circle by submitting proposals for a solo or two person show. For submission guidelines and more info, visit their website.

Early Deadline: July 30th, 2017, fee $10 via Paypal (
Late Deadline: August 6th, 2017, fee $15 via Paypal (
Applicants Notified: August 20th, 2017
Exhibition Dates: November 11th – December 2nd, 2017
More information at Facebook event page.

Asian Arts Initiative seeks photos, favorite songs, food dishes of your dear departed family and friends.

Pearl Street Micro-Project: BON – FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us as we host BON by artist Lani Asuncion, a project influenced by the artist’s time growing up in Okinawa Japan, where her family practiced the three-day Obon Festival honoring the spirits of their ancestors and passed loved ones.

BON is a public event that invites people in the local community to come together to remember and celebrate their passed loved ones. Please bring a favorite dish of the remembered to a potluck picnic gathering. Following the picnic potluck there will be brief lantern lighting ceremony at 7:00 pm. A lantern making station will be set up during the potluck picnic, where participants will be asked to draw and write messages they would like to send to their loved ones.

From July 12 until August 03 there is an open-call for images of those who have passed that will be projected in the area of the lantern pool, and there will be a customized playlist of songs that will be created into a playlist that will play during the evening event. Please only submit age appropriate audio. The photos and songs will give a chance for everyone to bring together their memories in visibly audible way. Please submit images that are 72 dpi. Songs should be in either .WAV or .MP3 format, please limit it not longer than 3 min. Please submit to:

If you need help digitalizing any images Asuncion will be available on August 03 from 12-6 pm at Asian Arts Initiative to help scan photos, please RSVP at to make an appointment. Thank you for wanting to be a part of this event to coming together with your community to remember those who have passed in a celebratory way.
Please contact Lani Asuncion if you have any questions at See the Asian Arts website for more.

Pearl Street Pop-up: BON
First Friday, August 4, 5 – 8 p.m.
Open Call Submission Deadline: August 3