Purported Vermeer’s Lady with a Guitar at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Be Holding world premiere performance at Girard College, Open Call for zines at Second State Press, plus more

Hi, lots of exciting news and things to see coming soon. Personally I’m excited to have the chance to see a suspected Vermeer at the Philadelphia Museum of art. Paradigm Gallery is opening three collaborative shows this week with Space 1026, the Woodmere Annual Juried exhibition is also set to open this week. Find an opportunity to exhibit your personal zine and bookmaking work at Second State Press. Lots more fun and interesting things to see and do, enjoy!

Notable Exhibitions

Paradigm Gallery opens three shows in June

Space 1026: Almost There

Poster for a space 1026 exhibition titled Almost there. These works run diagonally along the bottom right corner along the grain of a wood floor. The scene shows a printmakers workspace complete with tables, drawers for paper, and drying racks. The walls are covered in prints by many people including images of snakes, creatures in dialogue, a Hercules like figure and more.
Space 1026: Almost There presented by Paradigm Gallery. Image Courtesy of Paradigm Gallery.

June 2 – July 2, 2023
Opening reception Friday, June 2, 2023 6 – 8 PM
Paradigm Gallery, 12 N 3rd St, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Paradigm Gallery presents Almost There, a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of current members and alumni of the artists collective, Space 1026 Almost There is a vast collection of 24 artists, each working in different materials and levels of collaboration. Almost There invites current members and alumni of Space 1026 to show work collaboratively. The title nods to the continuously evolving nature of one of the oldest artist collectives in Philadelphia. Space 1026 artists have shown work in solo and collaborative exhibitions for over 25 years. The work included spans mediums of painting, video, drawing, carpentry, fibers, craft, mixed media and everything in between.

Learn more about Almost There here.


Pushing featuring the work of Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Miriam Singer, and Jim Houser

Poster for Pushing a space 1026 exhibition at Paradigm Gallery. The poster is multi colored, starting from the bottom are rounded shingles of red , pink, blue and white. The middle features the word "PUSHING" in Blude and an imagined city scape of blues, greens, oranges, yellows and more. The top third has a blue dotted background with a black semi-circle and a squiggle leading off the top edge.
Pushing an exhibition by Space 1026 at Paradigm Gallery. Image courtesy of Paradigm Gallery.

June 2 – July 2, 2023
Opening reception Friday, June 2, 2023 6 – 8 PM
RSVP here, appreciated but not required
Paradigm Gallery, 12 N 3rd St, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Paradigm Gallery presents Pushing, a three-person show celebrating collage, color, and pattern. Past and present members of artist collective space 1026 join forces for this visually stunning collection of work.

Learn more here.


Pj Linden’s “Puff Puff Past”

Poster for Puff Puff Past a solo exhibition by Pj Linden curated by Paradigm Gallery. The poster features the title in white 60's diner lettering. The background of the poster is a gradient from turquoise blue to pink at the bottom. Along the main part of the poster are the details of the show. "June 9-June 30" "A solo exhibition by PJ Linden featuring collaborations with Adam Wallacavage curated by Paradigm Gallery." "Opening Reception - Friday, June 9th - 5-9PM" "Space 1026 844 N Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19130" "For appointments contact" Lastly two website links ""
Poster for Puff Puff Past a solo exhibition by PJ Linden. Image courtesy of Paradigm Gallery.

June 9 – June 30, 2023
Opening reception Friday, June 9, 2023 6 – 9 PM
Space 1026, 844 N Broad St Philadelphia, PA 19130

Paradigm Gallery announces a curated offsite exhibition hosted by Space 1026. Pj Linden’s solo exhibition Puff Puff Past features the artist’s signature abstract patterns and collaborations with Adam Wallacavage.

Learn more here.


The Woodmere Annual: 81st Juried Exhibition

June 3 – August 27, 2023
Opening reception Saturday, June 3 noon – 3 PM
Gallery talk with juror Doug Bucci Saturday, June 10 at 2 PM
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118

Featuring the work of 45 artists the Woodmere Annual 81st Juried exhibition invites you to see how artists explore novel and infinite ideas and methods of connection through different media and disciplines. Ten prizes totaling over $2,000 will be awarded by the juror.

Learn more here.


Be Holding,” an original performance exploring black genius, justice and joy, world premiere at Girard College

Students at Girard College rehearse Be Holding in the Armory gym at the school. Two pianos and drum kits flank the students in the middle. The floor and students are lit in orange and purple.
Be Holding rehearsal. Image Courtesy of Ryan Collerd.

May 31 – June 3, Girard College opens its doors to the public for the World Premiere of Be Holding, an original performance created through the collaboration of artists with students of Girard College.


May 31 at 7:30 PM
June 1 at 7:30 PM
June 2 at 7:30 PM
June 3 at 7:30 PM

Held in the Girard College Armory, 2101 S College Ave, Philadelphia 19121

The high school students of Girard College have worked with Nationally recognized artists, including poet Ross Gay, composer Tyshawn Sorey, New Music Ensemble Yan/Wire, and director Brooke O’Harra for two years on this new show.

Be Holding is a world-premiere performance pulling from nationally recognized artists in music, poetry, and theater. The performance transforms Ross Gay’s award-winning poem, Be Holding, into a multidisciplinary, site-specific experience that combines poetry, music, choreography, and video.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival 2023

May 28 – July 9, 2023

Philadelphia’s Latino Film Festival is in progress and will be running for six weeks ending July 9th. On Thursday, June 1st 3 packages of three films each will be screened as part of the second bloque.

See the festival schedule here.


Philadelphia Museum of Art displays Vermeer’s Lady with a Guitar

June 10 – late 2023

Lady with a Guitar (1672) is the publics opportunity to see Vermeer’s painting in unrestored condition prior to continued research with Vermeer experts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art(PMA). Lady with a Guitar is part of the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It had been cataloged as a copy for almost a century. In March 2023 at Vermeer Symposium in Amsterdam a speaker suggested it could be by Vermeer. In light of new findings the PMA plans pursue further studies in collaboration with Vermeer experts. Before the painting is studied and restored it will be on view from June 10 through late 2023 in Gallery 364.

Read full press release here.

Artblog’s own Derick Jones crowdfunding his new comic, “URGES”!

Wrap around cover for Derick Jones' new comic Urges. It shows a girl covered in blood looking into a mirror somewhat shocked. In the mirror in the form of a human bat she looks back. Behind her bat self is a man with an exposed brain, presumably the bat has found its meal here.
Wrap around cover for Erick Freitas and Derick Jones’ comic Urges. Image courtesy of Derick Jones.

We don’t usually promote fundraising campaigns except for special people, like our own comics artist-, Derick Jones. Check it out on Derick’s Kickstarter page here. And be sure to watch for “Nose Bleed” Derick’s comic on Artblog!


Second State Press, Pulp! Zine Open Call

Pulp!, is an open call for publications at Second State Press. They are seeking artists working in disciplines such as book arts, zines, comics, chapbooks, and more to submit their personal work to Pulp!. All submitted work will be accepted and displayed for the month of June as Second State Press transforms their exhibition space into a communal library.

All applicable submissions are accepted. There is a suggested donation of $5-10 per submission.

Work must be dropped off at Second State Press before June 5th.

Opening reception Thursday, June 8th from 6 – 8PM

Learn more here and email questions here.