Events galore in December! Here are three we recommend – Peter Morgan at Penn State Abington, Alexa Hoyer at Eastern State Penitentiary, and Queerality at Franky Bradley’s

Someone remarked last week that December is action-packed with openings and events. Well, we agree! And in this News Post, we've rounded up three events that caught our eye -- and they're all this week. Turn out and see the art and meet the artists!


It’s an event-packed week, young’uns! Here are three notable events:

Peter Morgan, M(Orca)roni and Cheese, Low-fire Ceramic, 18" x 20" x 20" 2017
Peter Morgan, M(Orca)roni and Cheese, Low-fire Ceramic, 18″ x 20″ x 20″ 2017

Event 1 – Peter Morgan – (Almost) Good Enough to Eat, Penn State Abington, Closing Reception, Sat. Dec. 9, 2-4:00 PM. We are big fans of Peter Morgan and his whimsy-fueled landscapes and large bird sculptures. More images at the bottom. From Peter…

As it may have been challenging to attend the opening reception during the week, we are scheduling a closing reception for a larger group of people to be able to see the show. Gallery website for directions.

This exhibition brings together several years of works from Peter Morgan’s ongoing series described as “Food as Landscape.” These pieces frequently transport exotic animals from their
natural environment to a manmade “food-scape”. These large-scale ceramic sculptures transform
everyday food items into vast landscapes, while conversely shifting massive objects into toy-sized replicas. Through its macro/micro shift, this series seeks to morph the familiar into the grandiose, while bringing into question the viewer’s position within the universe.


Event 2 – Alexa Hoyer, closing reception, with performances by Jim Strong and Lara Allen, Eastern State Penitentiary, Wed. Dec. 6, 6-8 PM.  The performances sound great and the piece has been at ESP for 12 years – that deserves celebrating!  From Alexa…

Save the date for Wednesday, December 6th 2017 from 6 – 8pm for the closing reception of my video installation at the Eastern State Penitentiary, in Philadelphia, PA, which has been on view for 12 years! Please RSVP at Facebook for performance + free admittance to the museum. There will be two performances at 7pm by Philadelphia based artist Jim Strong and New York based artist Lara Allen! DRESS WARM!!! German Glühwein (mulled wine) will be served

December 6th 2017 from 6 – 8pm (but come for the day)
Performances: 7pm
CELLBLOCK 10, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Jim Strong‘s work explores a broad range of activity with a focus on experimental instrument building, painting, improvised performance, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and curation. His Instruments are built intuitively utilizing Crank Mechanisms, Strings, Broken Electronics and pressurized air. His most recent work explores movement and improvisation through wearable instrumentation. He Performs solo and in variable group improvisations and works collaboratively in Dance, Video, and Theater. Across modes and media; Strong’s work finds its home in incongruence; between the comedic and the grotesque; the domestic and the extraterrestrial. He is currently a member of Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia.

Lara Allen was raised in Cincinnati. At 18, she left Ohio for Minneapolis, then moved to San Francisco recording with bands such as Caroliner, Heavenly Ten Stems, and Secret Chiefs 3. After being attacked on stage she decided to paint and received an MFA from Yale. Recent shows include the Havana Biennial, the Queens Museum, CAC in Cincinnati, and SFMOMA.

Alexa Hoyer, I always wanted to go to Paris, France, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2005 – 2017
This installation examines depictions of prison life in television and film.
Alexa works in sculpture, installation and photography, and has exhibited nationally and abroad, including exhibitions at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vegas, NV, the Glyndor Gallery / Wave Hill in New York City, the Inside Out Arts Museum in Beijing. Her photos have been recently published in Harper’s Magazine and (forthcoming). Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Alexa currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Event 3 – The Art of Being Queer – Networking + Performing Arts Event, Wed. Dec. 6, 7-10:00 PM
Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. 
Queerality is a brand new art and education organization promoting artists of the queer community in Philadelphia. They are a dedicated and energetic young group, and so new they don’t yet have a website. But here’s the ticket information.

Please join Queerality for an evening of mingling with queer artists and community members, discovering Philadelphia’s newest and queerest art + education agency, and enjoying the hottest queer performances hosted by Glitter and Garbage’s Shannon Turner! ONLY EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE ON A DONATION BASIS!! If you register early, you’ll receive a FANCY nametag at the door.PLUS: if you donate $20-$50, you’ll receive a FANCY name tag AND free Queerality button when you present your ticket!! AND If you donate $51+, you’ll receive a fancy nametag, a free button, AND a free t-shirt when you present your EventBrite ticket at the event!!! Tickets are $10 – $30 sliding scale at the door; get your ticket early to guarantee a space at the event and a FREE gift!!!



Peter Morgan, sardine can piece, featured in (Almost) Good Enough to Eat,
Peter Morgan, sardine can piece, featured in (Almost) Good Enough to Eat,
Peter Morgan, installation of works in (Almost) Good Enough to Eat, at Penn State Abington
Peter Morgan, installation of works in (Almost) Good Enough to Eat, at Penn State Abington