September 13, 2015 |
Call it the season of the maker. Philadelphia has always been a center for crafts-based artists, but this fall more will be on view than usual. In conjunction with November's Craft NOW Philadelphia conference, several local institutions, including the Art Alliance, the Clay Studio, and the Center for Design in Wood, will show work by some of the area's acknowledged masters. Two shows will spotlight the monumental - or more accurately geological - porcelain sculpture of Paula Winokur.
September 6, 2015 |
Daniel W. Dietrich II, 73, a self-effacing philanthropist who valued quiet exploration as much as artistic adventure, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Dietrich, who lived in Chester County, was heir to a family conglomerate that once counted Luden's cough drops among its assets. He was vice president of Luden's, based in Reading, for a time, but his tastes ultimately ran more toward cultural activities than business endeavors. A longtime board member and supporter of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art, Mr. Dietrich made a bold statement about his interests this year when he gave $10 million to ICA to form an endowment that would enhance the scope and flexibility of the institution's curatorial efforts.
August 26, 2015 |
Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud, 76, the seemingly indefatigable founder and director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Acadia Summer Arts Program - a.k.a. "Kamp Kippy" - in Maine, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 22, at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. She was, said Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, of great significance both to the Art Museum, where she was a long-serving trustee, and to the world of contemporary art, where she championed textiles as a medium and, ultimately, all things fashioned by hand.
August 1, 2015
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org . Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm. The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-278-7000. www.barnesfoundation.org . Premier Tour. $75. Closes 8/25. Permanent Collection. ARTime Storytime. Closes 8/27. Wed.-Mon. 10 am-5 pm. Closed Tue. Open 6-9 pm every First Friday and select Fri. evenings. Brandywine River Museum of Art Rte. 1 & Rte. 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700.
June 6, 2015 |
Even before a ribbon-cutting to unveil newly installed sculptures at Paine's Park on Thursday afternoon, the geometric forms were heavily scarred with scratches and tire marks left by skateboarders and BMX bikers who had attacked it overnight. But unlike other public works popular with skaters (see the Claes Oldenburg paint "blob" on Broad Street that was reoriented a few years ago to deter them), this was exactly the intended result. The piece, Steps and Pyramid , is British artist Jonathan Monk's skatable reinterpretation of sculptures by the minimalist artist Sol LeWitt.
April 20, 2015 |
If you've visited Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery regularly over the last two years, you've no doubt noticed its predilection for shows that bring attention to under-recognized subjects: countercultural art practices of the 1960s; contemporary art from the Maghreb and the Mahgrebi diaspora of North Africa; and the calamitous effects of Katrina and Sandy on ordinary people, brought vividly to life by Zoe Strauss' photographs. True to form, its latest exhibition, "Arqueologias de destruccion 1958-2014," organized by Jennifer Burris Staton, trains its sights on a largely forgotten movement of artists, poets, and musicians who made an art of destruction.
April 11, 2015 |
When the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (a.k.a. PhilaMOCA, at 531 N. 12th St.) hosts the third annual Cinedelphia Film Festival, curator Eric Bresler will unspool his usual glut of oddball renegade films. For 2015's theme - filmmakers working outside Hollywood's system - Cinedelphia will run a 12-hour Best Worst Movie Marathon, the famously cheesy fan-film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation , and a retrospective of Broomall native and Johnny Carson-regular Len Cella's aptly titled Moron Movies . Cinedelphia's main event pays tribute to local filmmaker Don Argott, his producing/life partner, Sheena Joyce (the couple just welcomed a baby)
December 25, 2014 |
Ann Claire "Acey" Wolgin, 90, of Whitemarsh, a philanthropist and patron of the arts in Philadelphia and Florida, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, of respiratory failure at the Hill at Whitemarsh. Mrs. Wolgin was a longtime friend and supporter of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As cochair of the Friends of the Museum and a member of the Associates Program, both donor groups, she provided strong leadership for efforts to bolster the museum. In 1974, she was elected to serve as one of the first women trustees.
December 1, 2014 |
Until I read Carol Solomon's introduction to the catalog for "Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb and Maghrebi Diaspora," I'd been under the impression that the area of North Africa known as the Mahgreb was Morocco. In fact, as visiting professor Solomon - who organized the exhibition of contemporary art from that region for Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, - explains in much greater detail, the Maghreb comprises most of North Africa west of Egypt and is sometimes said to include Egypt.
August 15, 2014 |
A program introduced last year to provide free access to Philadelphia museums for city high school students has proved such a success it is being expanded and extended. More than 11,000 students participated in last year's program, called STAMP (Students at Museums in Philly), administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance - more than 10 times the projected participation. Under the program, a dozen of the city's biggest and most popular museums offered free admission and other programs geared toward young people.