Exhibit checks out women in art

"Lessons in Seduction"
"Lessons in Seduction"
Posted: August 31, 2012

THE FEMALE FORM is one of art's oldest inspirations.

Friday, International House opens an exhibit, "The Woman Represented," that examines the role of women as muse and showcases local artists who portray women in their work.

"The exhibit was designed to highlight the diverse and fascinating story of the contemporary woman in America," said Reza Ghanad, the curator of the exhibit.

Exhibitors include painters Jenn Warpole, Maria Maneos and Julia Clift. Ghanad said she "was specifically trying to highlight the talented ladies making great work here in Philadelphia."

One piece presents an image of the artist as her aunt amid the things she owned, and another depicts an iconic woman representing aspects of psychology. "In short, the work is as diverse as the women who make it," Ghanad said.

International House, 3701 Chestnut St., through Nov. 23, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, free, 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org. Opening reception 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

- Mary Sydnor

Rockin' Blended Barbie

The play "Barbie Blended" kicks off the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe on Friday with a quirky take on sex education in today's schools.

In the show, which runs through Sept. 9, Sophie is an awkward preteen girl struggling to grow up in the Internet age. The play calls into question the value of abstinence-only education in a world where children idolize hypersexual artists like Ke$ha and watch explicit shows like "Jersey Shore."

The show "focuses on how easy it is to dig into the media," said Elaina Di Monaco, the musical's artistic director. "Everything is just a click away. Information is instant. If kids aren't learning it at school, Google is there to fill the void."

The show stars Kat Borrelli as Sophie; Bryan Black as Frankie, Sophie's love interest; Maggie Siegrist as Barbie, Sophie's best friend; and Nancie Sanderson as Barbara, Sophie's mother. The show's book and lyrics are by Haygen Brice Walker, with music and lyrics by Beth Hyland.

Gershman Y Blackbox Theater, 401 S. Broad St., Friday-Sept. 9, various times, $15, students/seniors $10, 215-413-1318, livearts-fringe.org.

- Amanda V. Wagner

Art Attack, a partnership with Drexel University, is supported by the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge and administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

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