Support increased funding for The Philadelphia Cultural Fund! Penn Museum workers rally for fair pay and contract, Songs for Ritual and Remembrance at Arthur Ross Gallery, Hot Bits at William Way and the Icebox Project Space, Plus opportunities and more news

Hi, this week is full of news as Penn Museum workers unite to fight for fair pay and a fair contract. In addition Artlab Editorial Fellows have been announced selecting two writers out of 500 across the world. The Icebox Project Space has an ongoing show titled The Art of Pleasure and Arthur Ross Gallery is soon to open a new group show. We have more news, events, and opportunities for you to parse through. Have a great week!

Notable Exhibitions

Arthur Ross Gallery presents Songs for Ritual and Remembrance

A large gong sits in an octagon metal frame with a hexagon and smaller gong on top. From the sides radiates some spiky yellowish white material. In front of the gongs is a collection of difficult to categorize objects sitting in a blackish white basket. Tendrils point out of the amalgamation. Behind on the gallery wall is a white/yellow series of squiggles overlapping.
Guadalupe Maravilla, Disease Thrower #16, 2021
gong, steel, wood, cotton, glue mixture, plastic, loofah, and objects collected from a ritual of retracing
the artist’s original migration route
98 x 96 x 52 ins.
248.9 x 243.8 x 132.1 cm
Courtesy of Guadalupe Maravilla, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and P·P·O·W, New York. Photo by JSP Photography

June 17 – September 17, 2023
Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10AM – 5PM, Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5 PM

Song for Ritual and Remembrance is a group exhibit with the work of four artists that uplift suppressed historical narrative, honor embodied forms of knowledge, and center community memory through ritual and storytelling. The exhibition consists of work from Adebunmi Gbadebo, Ken Lum, Guadalupe Maravilla, and a new commission by Mary Ann Peters. Works are in many materials and methods including paper, sculpture, and installation.

Learn more here.

Hot Bits presents The Art of Pleasure at William Way Community Center

May 12 – June 30, 2023
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 AM – 10 PM
William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Art of Pleasure is a group exhibition that celebrates the transformative power of sex and desire. The exhibition is hosted at the William Way LGBT Community Center, offering a vibrant and inclusive space for self-discovery, pride, and community.

Thirteen artists participate in the exhibition in a variety of mediums, reimagining sexuality as a tool for self-expression, connection, and liberation. Their works challenge narratives of shame and stigma toward sex and desire, and rather embrace and celebrate sensuality as an elemental aspect of human experience.

The exhibition coincides with Hot Bits 2023 festival, and related events at the Icebox Project Space June 6 – 15, 2023.

Learn more about The Art of Pleasure here.


Penn Museum workers rally for fair pay and a fair contract

Thursday, June 8, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Penn Museum, 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

On Thursday, June 8, at 5:30 PM, members of Penn Museum Workers United (PMWU) will be joined by allies from across the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia labor community to picket and rally for fair pay and a fair contract.

Learn more here.

Philadelphia Cultural Alliance calls for increased $2 million funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund – How You Can Help!

Six months ago, in December 2022, members of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance applauded Philadelphia City Council’s decision to allocate an additional $2 million dollars to Philadelphia Cultural Fund(PCF) increasing the PCF’s budget from $3.5 to $5.5 million. This allocation is an investment into Philadelphia’s cultural sector, providing an infusion of funds as arts and culture organizations struggle to rebound from pandemic deficits. Join the fight to pressure city Council for funding toward the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Find your representative’s contact information and advocate for a budget increase.
Learn more and help out here.

Hyundai Artlab announces recipients of the 2023 Artlab Editorial Fellowship

Congratulations to the recipients of this years Artlab Editorial Fellowship Laurie Rojas and Skye Arundhati Thomas. Artlab Editorial Fellowship is an initiative that invites two art writers to consider their communities through the lens of contemporary art. In collaboration with Artlab Editorial’s community of editors and advisors, the fellowship aims to produce a vibrant body of new art writing and strengthen connections between writers and artists across the world. The 2023 Artlab Editorial Fellowship provides each writer $10,000 to produce three pieces of web-based editorial content for publication on Artlab Editorial.

Read more about the fellowship and recipients here.


Film Premier of WHYY’s “Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia”

A side profile portrait of James Forten a member of Philadelphia's Forten Family. Beneath are waves. The left side fades to a dark blue and has a ship at the top of a letter scroll. The scroll says "Black Founders" "The Forten Family of Philadelphia."
Portrait of James Forten courtesy of the Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

$20 per person, Friday, June 16, 2023 5:15 PM – 7:00 PM
Lenfest Myer Theater, Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Be among the first to see the new 26-minute film, “Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia,” which explores the story of one of Philadelphia’s most influential early African American families, presented by WHYY and the Museum of the American Revolution.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Saturday Night House Party at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Saturday, June 17, 6 – 10 PM
$15 per ticket

Celebrate with the Philadelphia Museum of Art as they transform their museum spaces into a house party full of music, art-making, and performances by Philly-baed creatives.

Dance to liver performances by REVIVAL!, Great on Skates, and Urban Movement Arts. Engage your creativity with print-making demonstrations, relax in chill zones, and enjoy tasting from a local distillery.

Learn more here and purchase tickets here.


Mural Arts Philadelphia searches for Mural proposals for the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza

Image of the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza on 16th and Arch Streets. A woman stands in front taking a photo of the sculpture that sits in the plaza.
Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza. Image courtesy of Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

Proposal due June 30, 2023

Mural Arts Philadelphia is working in collaboration with the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation to create a new artwork to be installed on the wall adjacent to the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza, at 16th and Arch Streets in Center City Philadelphia.

Mural Arts is seeking an artist who is highly accomplished in creating two-dimensional public art, has experience working with topics of deep significance and complexity in public dialogue and public space, and has an emotional connection to the Holocaust through a family, community, or cultural connection.

Artists’ letters of interest are due June 30, 2023. Qualifying artists will be identified based on letters of interest; qualifying artists will be asked to submit a portfolio and a shortlist will be interviewed. The selection is expected to be announced by September 2023. The anticipated completion of the project is a year after.

For more information contact
More information on Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation here.
More information on Mural Arts Philadelphia here.

The Museum for Art in Wood calls for papers on applications of the Mashrabiya

Due Date June 15, 2023

The Museum for Art in Wood seeks scholars and practitioners to present and discuss the potential of the mashrabiya on architecture that is sustainable, culturally meaningful, and supports the needs of future spaces. The chosen applicant will present at the symposium a two-day event co-hosted by the Museum for Art in Wood and the Center for Architecture + Design. Selected papers will be awarded an honorarium.

Learn more and how to apply here.