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Lauren Whearty solo debut at Gross McCleaf Gallery, Juneteenth mural unveiled in Germantown, Resistance Garden fundraiser and community gathering at Painted Bride June 25th, plus more and opportunities

Hi, this week we see a solo show by an Artblog contributor, Lauren Whearty at Gross McCleaf Gallery! Vox Populi is seeking new members, it’s a great opportunity to engage with a wildly creative community. This past Saturday the first mural to Juneteenth was unveiled in Germantown. Lots more exciting things to see, hear, and do!


Notable Exhibitions

Artblog contributor Lauren Whearty holds her first solo show at Gross McCleaf titled Painter’s Table

A painting by Lauren Whearty of a red pitcher with green dandelion like flowers on a canvas note book. Beside it diagonally a white book with the Namco character Katamari. it's green yellow and red with a big ball behind it of green, yellow, orange, and red with black rounded dots.
Still Life With Katamari 16″ x 12″ Oil On Canvas. Image courtesy of Gross McCleaf Gallery.

July 5 – 29, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 1 – 4 PM
127 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Friend of the Artblog Lauren Whearty displays vivid still-life depictions of flowers, stationery, and table spreads. The works were created with the support of the Creative Research and Innovation Grant from the University of the Arts.

Learn more here.
See Lauren’s work here.

InLiquid group exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk at Park Towne Place

A large canvas of multi colored squiggles with yellow and blue peeking out of the rounded form. The yellow creates a form similar to a dandelion or a bird spreading it's arms.
Nanci Hersh, “One,” 2016, Acrylic, charcoal, spray paint, and pastel on Tyvek Viviana, 56 x 65.25″ Image courtesy of InLiquid Gallery.

May 27 – October 1, 2023
Park Towne Place. 2200 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

InLiquid’s Taking A Line For A Walk is a group exhibition united by line as a formal and conceptual element. Artists Nanci Hersh, Sharon Bloomfield Hicks, Taesook Jung, Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, Kate Stewart, And Samara Weaver utilize a vast array of media creating artworks of sculpture, assemblage, painting, and ceramics. Material, technique, and composition play on association and allow the viewer to trace a line from the familiar to new and unexplored possibilities.

Learn more here.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art

A work by Glenn Ligon titled "Skin Tight (Thuglife II)," it shows a room with a red rectangle with a flared text similar to TapOut saying "Thuglife". Punching bags hang from the ceiling and one on slumping in the corner. The left most bag is white with a rectangle cutout of a man's nose, eyes, and eyebrows. The man looks similar to rapper IceCube. The right bag has a scroll of text the right most bag is black and has a yellow thuglife sticker.
Glenn Ligon, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, “Skin Tight (Thuglife II),” 1995. Yellow ink on black vinyl. 35 x 18 x 37 inches. Edition of 7. Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (installation view), 2017–18. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño. Image courtesy of the Fashion Workshop and Museum.

June 23 – January 7, 2024
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Artists-in-Residence at the Fabric Workshop and Museum have often used sound as the focus or as a conceptual component during their residencies. The projects have often explored how to offer a direct translation of sound, capture an indirect representation of its energy and cultural forms, or inspire an audible response from an audience. The work in this exhibition demonstrates the notion of “sonic presence”, a connection between visual aspects and audio. The exhibition features work from the Museum’s collection alongside loaned works. Sonic Presence invites visitors to explore the resonant themes of sound in visual arts, implied, absent, or realized.

Artists in the show include a lot of Artblog favorites: Terry Adkins, Janine Antoni, Moe Brooker, Nick Cave, Lenka Clayton, Kevin Cooley, Peter Edwards, Guillermo Galindo, Ann Hamilton, Christine Sun Kim, Phillip Andrew Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Mader, Jason Moran, Robert Morris, Stephen Petronio, Raúl Romero, Yinka Shonibare, Patrick Siler, Kiki Smith, Lenore Tawney, and Mika Tajima.

Learn more here.


Harriet Tubman Statue Public Design Presentation Meeting postponed

Covered in last week’s edition of the news the opportunity to submit your feedback and see the semi-finalists’ design proposals has been postponed. The artists have been granted an extended deadline for their statue design proposals. The proposal deadline is now July 13. The public presentation meeting will be rescheduled soon after the deadline.

Learn more here.

Philadelphia’s first mural of the celebration and history of Juneteenth was unveiled in Germantown

On June 17th over 300 people gathered on the 6200 block of Germantown Avenue outside Germantown ArtHaus for the unveiling of artist Keisha Whatley’s new mural. The painting is 1,100 square feet and took two and a half months of labor. It commemorates the events of June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, when people in Galveston, Texas were able to access their freedom. The work documents and honors the history of Black people from their origins to regaining freedom.

Learn more about Philly’s newest mural here and here


Celebrate a year of Painted Bride’s Resistance Garden Fundraiser and Community Gathering, June 25th

June 25, 2023 1 – 5 PM
One Art Community Center, 1431-39 N 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19131

In the past year, Painted Bride’s Resistance Garden Project has seen over 2,350 Philadelphians engage with the vibrant urban gardens of the city in fun, creative ways- including foraging tours, educational zines, and youth arts programming.

The Resistance Garden Fundraiser will celebrate the year’s hard work with food, drink, family-friendly activities, and live music, Performances by SNACKTIME, Ursula Rucker and Tim Motzer, and Oluwafemi.

This is a free event but Resistance Garden Project needs help fundraising $25,000 to continue funding and making the Resistance Gardens better for the community.

Learn more here.


Vox Populi Open call for collective membership

Applications due Tuesday, August 1st, 11:59 PM

Vox Populi is currently seeking applications for new individuals to join their community of artists, community organizers, arts enthusiasts, and supporters of independent arts and culture in Philadelphia.

They are looking for new voices and perspectives to bring unique ideas to the membership, Artists, creatives, cultural producers, and curators who are committed to experimental practices are all encouraged to apply.

Learn more and apply here.

Hot August Nights: video art open call from Grizzly Grizzly

August 4th 6 – 10 PM
Deadline July 21st
Grizzly Grizzly, 319 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Grizzly Grizzly is seeking artists working in video to submit work for a one-night screening for Hot August Nights: First Friday, August 4th from 6 to 10 PM. The videos submitted can be in any genre or theme but must remain within a 5-minute maximum time frame.

More information and how to apply here.