Printmaker Alexis Hugo Nutini La Joyita at No. 5 Butchie Alley, The Barnes Foundation digitizes Dr. Barnes correspondence, Group show at Past Present Projects Gallery titled Archive of the Air, Terence Nance first performance at Union Transfer, plus more

Hi, this week there’s exciting news of digitized correspondence between Dr. Barnes and his illustrious confidants, like Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keefe. Another exciting peice of news comes with the performance of VORTEX by Terence Nance for the first time. Commonweal Gallery will soon close Seneca Weintraut’s D_nner Party and new shows like Archive of the Air at Past Present Projects Gallery and Portrait of the Artists… and other things at Gross McCleaf Gallery opens later this month. Lots of compelling things to see and do, have fun!

Notable Exhibitions

Commonweal Gallery presents Seneca Weintraut’s D_nner Party

A retro game-style tomb stone with the note, "Here lies Seneca Weintrout D_NNER PARTY" grass grows below the stone. On top and bottom of the stone is a blue embellishment. This is backgrounded by black with white dots at regular intervals.
Seneca Weintrout, D_NNER PARTY. Image courtesy of Commonweal Gallery.

April 15 – May 20, 2023

Seneca Weintraut exploits American preoccupations with origin stories and the belief in social absolution through scientific progress in his installation of sculptures and paintings. He does this in order to examine how the methodologies developed for understanding authenticity in the world have allowed “truth” to root itself in congruities amongst myths and empirical facts.

More information about the exhibit here.

No. 5 Butchie Alley presents Alexis Hugo Nutini’s La Joyita

A print by artist Alexis Hugo Nutini, beside it is the information on the show and venue. The print is a geometric multicolored rectangle composed of diamonds of magenta, yellow, blues, and orange.
Alexis Hugo Nutini, La Joyita show poster. Image courtesy of No. 5 Butchie Alley.

May 6 – July 8, 2023
Opening reception Saturday, May 6, 2023, 6 – 9 PM
Closing Reception Saturday, July 8, 2023, 6 – 9 PM
Workshop Saturday, June 3, 2023
No. 5 Butichie Alley is located directly behind 1175 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Alexis Nutini is a master printer and colorist living and working in Philadelphia. Nutini’s compositions are otherworldly, with colors and hues gaining their own voices and dictating impressions of the viewer.

Nutini focuses on rigorous experimentation with relief printmaking techniques through hand-carved, reduction woodblock printing and digital technology of platemaking with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) routing. On Saturday, June 3rd for a price of $50 Nutini is holding a workshop teaching traditional printing techniques and improvisational skills resulting in unexpected visual effects. The printing workshop will take a collaborative approach, employing Nutini’s vast library of graphic imagery, including images and patterns. The result of the workshop will have each participant leaving with their own one-of-a-kind print.

Learn more about the exhibition here.
Register for the workshop here.

Past Present Projects Gallery presents group show titled Archive of the Air

Objects painted in white piled on top each other. Objects range from sesame street masks, figures of Christ, houses, and basketball figures.
Jaime Alvarez, Noise 2B, 11/2017, Archival Pigment Print. Image courtesy of Past Present Projects Gallery.

May 20 – July 29, 2023
Opening reception Saturday May 20, 12 – 5 PM
Past Present Projects Gallery, Bok Building #203 1901 S. 9th St, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12 – 5 PM

Archive of the Air is a group show organized by the Past Present Projects Gallery space, in which they have invited 10 artists to show a piece created through an artist-in-residence experience. The artists include Jaime Alvarez, Tabitha Arnold, Black Quantum Futurism, Jen Blazina, Scout Cartagena, Leigh Davis, Monroe Isenberg, Cindy Stockton Moore, Gülfidan Özmen, and Leo Tecosky. The opening celebration will take place on Saturday, May 20 from 12 – 5 PM, with an artists’ talk at 3 PM by Jaime Alvarez, Jen Blazina, and Cindy Stockton-Moore. Additional artists will speak at the closing reception on July 29th.

More information about the exhibition here.

Creative Resilient Youth Take Over week-long art and advocacy exhibit at Asian Arts Initiative

May 26 – June 1, 2023
Opening reception Friday, May 26 5 – 9 P
Closing panel discussion Thursday, June 1, 4 – 7 PM
Gallery hours (Eventbrite registration only): May 27 – May 31, 2 – 7 PM
Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Teen mental health collective Creative Resilient Yout (CRY) will host a week-long art exhibit featuring artist talks, panel discussions, and other youth-centered programming at Asian Arts Initiative during the closing week of Mental Health Awareness month.

The exhibit features artwork created by Philadelphia based artists and self-portrait collage work investigating identity and social pressures in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative’s Young Artist Workshop (YAW).

Register to visit and learn more here.

Gross McCleaf Gallery presents The Portrait of the Artist… and other things

Two human figures in brown stoneware clay hang upside down. They are missing their arms and tears in the form of white twine fall out of their eyes.
Jill Bell, So Happy We Cannot Bare It 12″ x 3″ x 3″ Stoneware Clay, Underglazes And Glass Beads. Image courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery.

June 1 – June 24, 2023
Opening reception Saturday, June 3, 1 – 4 PM
Gross McCleaf Gallery, 127 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Portrait of the Artist… and other things is a group exhibition featuring Katie Baldwin, Jill Bell, Donald E. Camp, Vincent Desiderio, Marguerita Hagan, Darla Jackson, Robert Jackson, John Karpinski, Alex Kanevsky, Christine Lafuente, Chelsey Luster, Kirk Maynard, Lydia Panas, Hiro Sakaguchi, James Stewart, and Rob Tarver. The exhibition was curated by Maida Milone.

More information here.


The Barnes Foundation digitizes Dr. Albert C. Barnes Correspondence

May 11, 2023, The Barnes Foundation has announced that the complete correspondence of Albert C. Barnes is now fully digitized. The correspondence will be released in batches, beginning with the correspondence between Dr. Barnes and some of his most important compatriots: philosopher John Dewey, and art critic and collector Leo Stein. The correspondence features more than 141,000 items spanning from 1902 to Dr.Barnes’s death in 1951. Correspondences include artists Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keefe as well as art dealers like Paul Guillaume and Leo Stein.

Learn more here and on the Barnes Archives, Library & Special Collections website.


BlackStar Projects announces first-ever live performances of Terence Nance’s debut album, VORTEX

On May 25 and 26 at Union Transfer Terence Nance will perform his debut album VORTEX with Anthony Tidd and special guest Madison McFerrin.

Find tickets here.