January 20, 2013
Previously best known for his entertaining YouTube skewerings of the art world, "Art Thoughtz With Hennessy Youngman," Jayson Musson, now having his first show with Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, has since become an official member of that sector. He's been cutting up Coogi sweaters (the colorful patterned cotton knitwear sported by Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show and more recently by various rappers) into strips of fabric that he assembles and stitches into patterns of his own. Pulled over stretchers, the finished tapestrylike works look as though they must be based on particular paintings, and their titles hint at such connections, but Musson's fabric manipulations are so subtle it's difficult to pinpoint specific forebears.
December 22, 2012 |
For years, Ivy Gilbert cringed at the pile of crumpled wrapping paper, bows, and ribbon in the middle of the living room after birthdays, Hanukkah, or other gift-giving occasions. All of it was destined for a landfill. "There was just this bag of trash," said the writer and mother of two, who lives in South Philadelphia near the former Graduate Hospital. "It bothered me profoundly. " In the United States, annual trash from gift wrap and shopping bags totals four million tons, according to RecycleWorks.
December 14, 2012 |
Choreography begins with the circle. Choreography literally means "dance-writing" from the Greek words for "circular dance" and "writing. " For his new work, Occupant, choreographer Jonah Bokaer is researching the etymology of the word and using it to graphically call our attention to its origins. For the piece, artist Daniel Arsham has created 25 exact replicas of cameras in a plaster/chalk substance that will fill the 40-by-80-foot space of the seventh floor of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
December 14, 2012 |
MULTIDISCIPLINARY artist Daniel Arsham, currently in residence at the Philadelphia Fabric Workshop and Museum, and his frequent collaborator/choreographer Jonah Bokaer come together for a rare live performance here this weekend. "Study for Occupant" will feature stage materials created by Arsham and a dance performance choreographed and presented by Bokaer. A film of the performance will be on display with Arsham's current exhibition at the Fabric Workshop, "Reach Ruin," which continues through mid-March.
October 22, 2012
Mitt Romney has done a heckuva job with his jobs plan. During last week's debate, he replied confidently when a 20-year-old student asked for reassurance that he would be able to find work after graduation. "I put out a five-point plan that gets America 12 million new jobs in four years," Romney said. His claim, a version of one he has made for months, was bold, precise - and baseless. Hours earlier, my Washington Post colleague Glenn Kessler had reported that the source Romney's campaign provided for the jobs figure was a trio of studies that either didn't directly analyze Romney's policies or were based on longer time horizons than four years.
July 25, 2012 |
The only thing I hate about Bruce Graham's new play, Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown , is that I can't really tell you much about it without giving away its several surprises. And if you see it at People's Light & Theatre Company, where it's getting a remarkable world premiere and is an engrossing story for a summer's night, you shouldn't, either. Let everyone be as pleasantly surprised as you'll be. Graham, the prolific Philadelphia-based playwright who gets better with each new work, takes Mr. Hart & Mr. Brown straight from a footnote to American history - like many footnotes, quirky and hard-to-believe and about a character well-known for a time and now completely faded from the national psyche.
May 12, 2012 |
Back in the '80s, the sole purpose of outdoor fabrics was to be utilitarian. As for looks, their green and cream stripes seemed more like a government-issue uniform than a designer statement. But when the outdoor-fabric brand Sunbrella started creating better designs, its manufacturer noticed something: Employees, the kind with kids and dogs, started using the fabrics in their living rooms. That was 15 years ago. Once the company made prioritizing design a goal, in the same way it had with technology, sales exploded.
April 6, 2012 |
This weekend, the Quintessence Theatre Group of Mount Airy presents a recitation of Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis," a poetic dialogue in which Venus beckons the young huntsman to consummate their affair. Adonis demurs, raising the tension in what is considered Shakespeare's most erotic poem. Actors will play the couple and narrator, making this more of a full-bodied theatrical piece. In keeping with Elizabethan tradition, there are no sets, the better to emphasize the language and actors.
April 1, 2012 |
When the Fabric Workshop and Museum moved to Arch Street to make way for the expansion of the Convention Center, it gained some cavernous, loftlike spaces on the upper floors of its building that lend themselves to monumental installation projects. In the current art climate, there seem to be many artists who like to work this way. But how many can effectively fill a shoebox-proportioned room that's 130 feet long? Pae White can and does, with a mesmerizing construction of red yarn called Summer XX. White is one of three Los Angeles artists being featured at the Workshop through late spring.
February 9, 2012 |
PASSED DOWN by descendants of the nation's first first lady, a 5-by-9-inch swatch of silk brocade from one of Martha Washington's dresses ended up with family friend Alden Freeman. In 1932, he gave it as a gift to Nan Britton, a woman involved in the first publicized presidential sex scandal. And now you can claim the fabric as your own. Yesterday, it was offered for sale for $40,000 by the Philly-based Raab Collection, which has it in a vault. It may be the only Martha Washington dress snippet ever put on the market.