Amze Emmons opening tonight postponed, James Brantley, Jeff Koons and Scribe Video independent media opportunity

Hello! We hope you are cozy and warm -- please be careful out there in the snow (finally!) that we've all but forgotten how to walk and drive in. Weather has canceled several events, including one we highlight below that we are looking forward to by Amze Emmons at Brandywine Workshop and Archives. Enjoy today's news, short, sweet and useful!


A gallery installation shows in a high-ceilinged space with a concrete floor shows a wall papered by repeat-patterned sheets of white paper with pale pink patterns on them and other objects in the space.
‘Amze Emmons: Playing the Grid,’ Installation view. Courtesy of Brandywine Workshop and Archives. Photo: Gustavo Garcia, 2024

Poster for an art exhibit has been postponed, and a banner in white letters on red says "POSTPONED"

Amze Emmons: Playing the Grid “A Love Letter to Philadelphia” & “Confabulated Game Room”
Through March 14, 2024
Reception: Friday, January 19, FEBRUARY 16, 2024, 6:00–8:00 PM
Brandywine Workshop and Archives, Glass Gallery

Philadelphia-based artist Amze Emmons describes his exhibition Playing the Grid as a “confabulated game room that—along with the accompanying publication, A City Guide — is an invitation to improvise, wander and play. It’s a playful love letter to Philadelphia with its complicated history and ever hopeful future.” On view in Brandywine Workshop and Archives’ Glass Gallery from January 8 to March 14, 2024, Playing the Grid presents drawings, prints, paper craft, and other elements that invite the show’s visitors into Emmons’ creative process— most specifically, his “decades-long ‘field work’ wandering the city and noticing the public phenomena Philadelphia endlessly provides.”

Emmons goes about this “fieldwork” in a manner and with a mind that are open to chance and poised to notice the peculiarities of failures in infrastructure, government, and other systems—along with the evidence of community life that persists despite systemic deficiencies and deterioration. [More Artblog coverage of Amze Emmons including articles and an audio podcast!]

Journeys and Celebrations
James Brantley – paintings: 2007-2023
January 12 – February 24, 2024
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
38th Street at Chestnut
view at public events or by appointment;
call 215 386-0234

Philadelphia artist James Brantley’s works sit at the intersection of abstraction and figurative painting. [See works at Artsy] Employing abstract principles of form and color, Brantley pushes the perspective and composition of his figurative paintings. His often-surreal paintings offer spaces that beg to be inhabited by the viewer. Deeply dedicated to his studio practice, James Brantley is experimental in his approach, and has created a distinctive visual language across his ever-evolving artistic career. Brantley is both a master painter and a compelling story-teller, who continues to remain true to his artistic vision and personal identity as an artist. This will be the first solo exhibition of James Brantley’s work in Philadelphia in over eight years. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Stanek Gallery. More information at the Cathedral Arts website.

A ceramic sculpture by Jeff Koons of a child-like teddy bear embellished with hearts and sentiments of love. The sculpture sits atop an ornate gold leaf-enhanced ceramic pedestal.
Jeff Koons, Amore, porcelain 32 x 20 x 20 inches, 81.3 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm © Jeff Koons, Edition of 3 plus AP. 1988. Image courtesy of Penn Arts and Culture

Jeff Koons and Hubert Neumann, in conversation with Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Saturday, January 27, 2024 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Register for the in-person event HERE
Register to attend virtually HERE

Join us for an exciting evening with renowned artist Jeff Koons and prolific collector Hubert Neumann (W’52) as they engage in conversation with art historian Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw. Livestream courtesy of Penn Alumni Lifelong Learning

Click HERE to submit questions for Jeff Koons and/or Hubert Neumann.


The Philadelphia Independent Media Fund Grant Application – DEADLINE JANUARY 29, 2024

The Philadelphia Independent Media Fund awards grants to Philadelphia area independent media makers with digital video and audio projects in three areas:

Planning – for projects in the planning/pre-production stage – awards of up to $2,000
Next Level – for projects that require a professional consultant to bring to the next level of production – awards of up to $500
Finishing – for projects in the postproduction stage with an anticipated completion date of twelve months from the grant award date – awards of up to $3,500

The Philadelphia Independent Media Fund, a program of Scribe Video Center, is made possible with support from the Wyncote Foundation and the Independence Public Media Foundation.
More information at Scribe Video
Sample Application is Available Here
Email Alexia Chororos, Development Director for further information: