Get a hip hop library card, plus Quentin Morris at Arcadia, Free outdoor movies from Fringe Arts, and a good opportunity!

Post-holiday check in and Hi! We hope you can stay cool and visit some of the notable shows and activities going on inside some cool art spaces like Arcadia University's Exhibition space and the Ryerss Museum (new to us, in Burholme Park, Philadelphia). Summer movies outdoors can be cool, weather permitting, and Fringe Arts is providing them, Free! Plus the opportunity to work with OACCE on Karyn Olivier's Bethel Park public art project is not to be missed. Deadline is July 17. Details below.

Notable Exhibitions

Quentin Morris at Arcadia University Exhibitions

quentin morris untitled october 1980 drawing painting canvas larry becker contemporary art
“Untitled (October 1980),” powdered pigment and Rhoplex on canvas, approx. 72” x 72”. Photograph courtesy of Larry Becker Contemporary Art.

Arcadia Exhibitions is pleased to present “Quentin Morris: Works on Paper.” The exhibition will be on view in Spruance Gallery from June 13 through September 17, 2023.

This exhibition of drawings and paintings on paper by Philadelphia-based artist Quentin Morris (b. 1945) features 37 examples from a five-decade practice dedicated to the production of monochromatic works. Executed in a range of black mediums on a variety paper of supports, including commercial wrapping and mailers, these previously unexhibited drawings and paintings were selected from the artist’s studio and date from 1977 to 2013.

Exhibition tour with Quentin Morris and Gerard Brown, Associate Professor of Art, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Painting Program Head
Thursday, July 13, 6:30 PM
Spruance Gallery FREE

Screening of Quentin Morris (2018) by filmmaker Brice Goldberg followed by a discussion with Goldberg and Morris
Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 PM
Great Room, University Commons FREE

Quentin Morris is represented by Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and New York. [Ed. Note: Artblog has been following Quentin Morris since 2003.  Read more recent coverage at Flora Ward’s 2016 review of Morris’s solo show at Larry Becker Contemporary.] 


Freed From Necessity a two-person exhibition at Grizzly Grizzly

a simple outline drawing of some people in profile view with text. To the left of the drawing is a sculpture resembling a coat rack with hands.
Image courtesy of Grizzly Grizzly Gallery.

July 7 – 30, 2023
Opening reception: Friday, July 7, 6 – 10 PM
Hours: Saturday – Sunday 2 – 6 PM
Grizzly Grizzly, 319 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Freed From Necessity is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Philadelphia-based sculptur Matthew Speedy and interdisciplinary artist Halo Lahnert. Speedy’s sculptures and Lahnert’s drawn diagrams confront commonly held ideas about technology and human interaction, exposing the absolute presence of data in our lives and its impact on human behavior. The exhibition space is charged with the artists energy sparking reflection, and inviting the viewer to reevaluate necessity towards technology, and contemplate a utopian society with information systems integrated into our imaginative realms.

Learn more here. Grizzly Grizzly First Friday



For the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop, The Free Library announces a hip hop library card

A celebratory 50th anniversary of hip hop library card. It shows the word Philly in a graffiti style with the liberty bell taking place of the I. The text is a gradient from purple to red to orange at the top.
Image courtesy of The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Available at all library locations, The Free Library has commissioned Philadelphia Artist Akinseye Brown, for a library card with hip hop history in mind.

Learn more at the Free Library website.



Ryerss’ History in Color Art Workshop

A stained glass window of a green and blue flower motif with a green border around.
Image courtesy of the Ryerss Museum and Library.

History in Color Art Workshop
July 15 at 1 PM
Free with registration
Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Burholme Park Philadelphia, PA 19111

Join Ryerss Museum and Library for an art workshop for all. Artist Linda Fernandez will guide attendees through the hands-on art making workshop inspired by the stained glass windows of the museum. After viewing said glass windows and learning the history of the museum, participants will create a faux stained glass piece to take home. The workshop is free, family friendly, and includes all materials.

Learn more here.

Fringe Arts Outdoor Movie Series, a movie screened each Wednesday
Wednesdays at 8 PM
Free with RSVP
Haas Biergarten, 140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Join every Wednesday from July 5th through August 2nd for throwback favorites, plus movie-themed quizzo. This year Finge Arts chooses the theme as “Game of Love”. Free with RSVP in event of rain, movies screened indoors.

Learn more at the Fringe Arts website.


Project Manager and Curator, “A Peaceful Place: From Burying Ground to Playground”
Deadline: July 17, 2023

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) seeks a part-time Project Manager and Curator to identify and present programming to share this history with the Queen Village community, and the City of Philadelphia at large. OACCE wants to leverage the site’s complex and under-told history as a catalyst for creativity. This project has a $30,000 budget to commission artists of various disciplines to create public cultural programming in reaction to the stories of ambition, conflict, unspoken voices, and lost identity. This project will precede the installation of the permanent public art memorial at Bethel Burial Ground; shining light on the histories and transformations of the area and highlighting the tensions of race, class, and displacement that persist in Philadelphia and the country today. The Project Manager and Curator will commission and coordinate four artistic expressions between Winter 2023 and Fall 2024.

Learn more at the OACCE website.