Jerry’s on Front opens, New Boon(e) closes; Plus exciting programming at Taller Puertorriqueño, and generous gifts to Institute of Contemporary Art for curatorial positions

New Boon(e) collective moves on, and Jerry's on Front opens up. At Taller Puertorriqueño, there's hot programming coming up, and ICA garners two large gifts to endow curatorial positions.


Jerry's on Front, new space started by Maria Dumlao and her husband.
Jerry’s on Front, new space started by Maria Dumlao and her husband.

Via one of our very favorite people, Maddie Hewitt…There’s a new music and project space in Kensington — Jerry’s on Front — started by Maria Dumlao and husband. Check it out at 2341 N. Front St. And read Deb Krieger’s review of Maria’s show at Vox Populi Gallery (open through April 22).

O​ur friends at Taller Puertorriqueño are cooking on all four burners.

With in-gallery programming and artists in residence in the gallery space, connecting people with people, and people with art, this change-up is an exciting new venture.  Get up there and see! Check the Taller website for more.  Here’s the list of what’s coming soon:

  • Extension or Communication: Puerto Rico, with Sheldon Abba, Grimaldi Baez, Jessi Koch, José Ortiz Pagán, and Ricky Yanas
    Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018, 5:30–8 pm
  • Roberto Lugo: Boricua, Barrio, Barro/ Opens June 15, 2018
  • Kukuli Velarde: The Complicit Eye/ Opens Nov. 16, 2018

Bye bye, New Boon(e), we’re sorry to see you go! But, almost five years of programming is very laudable, and we loved your collective’s open, welcoming and experimental style. Here’s the note from the collective:

Dear Philly,

How do we begin to say this? It’s been almost 5 years since New Boone opened its doors in August of 2013. With a bit of fear and excitement, seventeen artists came together as a collective to create a new artist run project space which you have come to know as New Boone. Functioning as a studio/gallery, New Boone has sustained many members’ practices as curators and studio artists, and has served as a platform for critical dialogue and exhibitions.Together as a community we have grown with your support, but recently many of us have found ourselves moving in different directions in our artistic practices. At this stage, we have decided that it is time for us to make room for other creative endeavors. As of May, New Boone will be closing its doors with warm hearts and fond memories. We are forever indebted to all of those individuals, near and far, who have passed through our doors, and who have shared in this experience with us. Furthermore we want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has come to share in this experience with us that we all hold so dear. With love, respect, and our deepest appreciation…

Warmest Wishes, and A Fond Farwell,
New Boon (e) Artists Collective
253 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA

Awesome news for our favorite Institute, the ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, which announced today the generous support of two donors who will endow the curatorial staff that make the great exhibitions and programs happen. From their notice:

Daniel and Brett Sundheim—New York City-based contemporary art collectors, have donated $3 million, of which $2.5 million will endow the Chief Curator position held by Anthony Elms, and $500k will go to a new fund dedicated to exhibition outreach and community engagement; and Andrea B. Laporte has donated $1.5 million to endow ICA’s Associate Curator position held by Kate Kraczon, who is currently organizing the first solo U.S. museum exhibition of South Korean artist Suki Seokyeong Kang (Opening April 27) and a major retrospective of post-minimalist and feminist artist Ree Morton (Opening September 14).

Andrea will be honored at ICA’s Annual Benefit on April 5 for her inspirational support to ICA over the years.

Totaling $4.5 million, these two gifts mark a major milestone for ICA and support the museum’s ongoing commitment to generating new scholarship and organizing thought-provoking exhibitions. With these gifts, ICA now has four of its key leadership positions endowed, including the museum’s director and all three of its senior curatorial positions.