Memorial service for A.M. Weaver this Saturday, Jan. 27, and a great-sounding exhibition on immigration at Penn State Abington curated by John Thompson and Daniel Oliva

A memorial service is scheduled this Saturday for A.M. Weaver, our late friend, who contributed so much to artists and the arts in Philadelphia. Also, John Thompson and Daniel Oliva organized a show on the important topic of immigration, and the images look terrific.


Martha Jackson Jarvis, installation view with "Umbilicus I" and "Umbilicus II".
Martha Jackson Jarvis, installation view with “Umbilicus I” and “Umbilicus II”.  “Gardens of the Mind,” African American Museum in Philadelphia, show curated by A.M. Weaver.

One thing I learned at last week’s memorial for A.M. Weaver at the African American Museum is that she was born with a different name.  Gwendolyn Elizabeth Warr christened herself A.M. (Satou) Weaver. I believe that she chose wisely and picked a name that was powerful and allusive to art. She fit her chosen name perfectly. There will be a memorial for A.M. this Saturday at the Church of the Advocate. I learned this first from Sherman Fleming and then from Yvonne Hardy-Phillips, and I am happy to pass it along…

Memorial Service for A. M. Weaver (Née) Gwendolyn Elizabeth Warr
(July 31, 1954 – January 8, 2018)

Saturday, January 27, 2018
11 am – 2 pm

Church of the Advocate
1801 Diamond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

All Are Welcome

Donations can be forwarded to:
Joseph Alexander Ware-Buchanan
5745 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19139

A. M. Weaver lived an artful life.
She was a prolific artist, museum curator, and art critic.
Her national and international art career spanned 40 years.
The African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP) mounted her last exhibition
“GARDEN Of THE MIND-Echoes of the Feminine View.”

A standing room only tribute celebrating her life was held at the AAMP on Tuesday, January
16, 2018. Rest In Peace.

Penn State Abington does a great-sounding show on Immigration. (images below)

​From the show’s co-curator, John Thompson

​I just wanted to send an email to let you know about an exhibition we’re having at Penn State Abington’s Art Gallery. “Immigration Now” runs from January 16 to March 2 and is co-curated by Daniel Oliva and myself. It’s the result of an open call we sent out this past summer. Participating artists are making work from personal experience about US immigration within the past 30 years.

We knew this would be a relevant, important, and humanistic exhibition. It’s on view to our extremely diverse campus… The best times to see the show are Monday-Thursday 4-7pm and on Saturdays from 10am-2pm.  For more info and the programming we have planned I’ve included a link to the gallery website.

An exhibition featuring artists making work about US immigration from personal experience within the past 30 years.
January 16 – March 2, 2018

Co-Curated by Daniel Oliva and H. John Thompson
Curatorial Assistant, Gigi Fluerentin
Special Thanks to Salar Ghahramani for his consultation and support in the conception of this exhibition.

Participating Artists:
Lorena Endara
Kunlin He
DongKyu Kim
SeungTack Lim
Agnieszka Makys
Tali Margolin
Lorena Molina
Brian Turkowski
Ekaterina Vanovskaya
Ricky Yanas

Immigration Now Reception
Tuesday, January 23rd
12:30 – 1:20pm
Art Gallery and Woodland Lobby
Light snacks and refreshments will be served


Images from Immigration Now

Brian Turkowski State of Suspension 2014 17.5” x 15” x 5” each Snakeskin boots, macaw feathers, leather, waxed linen cord
Brian Turkowski, State of Suspension, 2014, 17.5” x 15” x 5” each
Snakeskin boots, macaw feathers, leather, waxed linen cord
Ekaterina Vanovskaya, Alice in Wonderland, 2014, 30” x 26”, Oil on canvas
Ekaterina Vanovskaya, Alice in Wonderland, 2014, 30” x 26”, Oil on canvas