April 28, 2015 |
Fairhill Elementary School haunted Pepón Osorio: a boxy, unlovely structure at Sixth and Somerset, all graffiti, trash, and broken promises. The artist and professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art often rode his bicycle past the building, one of two dozen schools the Philadelphia School District closed in 2013. "There was a sense of abandonment around the building, of lifelessness," said Osorio, whose work often touches social-justice themes. "And the idea came to me: What if I reactivate this area?
April 26, 2015 |
Nothing all that unusual seemed likely to unfold at the Philadelphia Orchestra's second consecutive subscription week with principal guest conductor Stéphane Denève: A potentially pop-slanted John Williams film score suite; Graffiti , a choral work by the increasingly popular Magnus Lindberg; and excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet. Yet the orchestra, Philadelphia Singers Chorale, and the audience had plenty to contend with at Thursday's concert, which was one of the more distinctive programs of the season - a confounding, mixed success.
February 21, 2015 |
Someone spray-painted the N-word on a sign at the entrance of Lincoln University overnight, according to a message sent to the university community Thursday morning. Public safety officers at the university in Chester County discovered the graffiti on its northwest corner entrance sign at 1:50 a.m., and the word was gone later Thursday morning, officials said. "This incident is a sober reminder that our forebearers persevered in the face of hatred and intimidation, yet achieved and maintained standards for excellence which Lincoln University has become known," acting president Valerie I. Harrison told the university community.
December 28, 2014 |
More than 50 people - including religious leaders, political officials, and community members - gathered in Yardley on Friday afternoon to denounce an anti-Semitic slur apparently spray-painted onto a family's garage door this week. Organized by State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks), the event featured speeches from him and Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Jeff Benedetto as well as two rabbis, a nun, a Presbyterian pastor, a representative from a local Islamic group, and other community members.
December 21, 2014 |
Graffiti crawl up exterior walls like webs of ivy, bending and twisting around rows of shuttered windows. At some street corners, layers of posters pile unevenly over this graffiti like papier mâché, stitching together urban blocks. When I traveled to Greece this year, my original itinerary focused on ancient history sites: the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Agora. These places all tell valuable Greek stories from centuries past through classical busts, orderly columns, and symmetrical ruins.
October 20, 2014 |
Nearly 50 years ago, on the bunk of the troopship that carried him to the Vietnam War, Pvt. R.T. DiFerdinando scribbled an enigmatic message. He drew a Valentine's heart that bore the name of a woman - the meaning of that obvious enough. Nearby, he wrote his name and an odd phrase, "The Fabulous Furie's. " Was it a commentary on their relationship? A nickname? The title of a favorite book? None of those, it turns out. Today that inked missive is part of the new Independence Seaport Museum exhibit that tells troops' stories through the graffiti they left on canvas racks aboard the USNS General Nelson M. Walker.
May 4, 2014 |
The fraternity whose Greek letters were spray-painted onto a dead whale in Atlantic City issued a statement Friday decrying the "reprehensible act. " "While we don't know if any of our members were involved, we have been in contact with the authorities and have offered our assistance in their investigations," reads the statement sent by Jesse Cohen on behalf of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity Inc., the national umbrella organization. "This act is in direct contradiction with our mission statement and our teachings of friendship, chivalry, and service, and we wholeheartedly condemn it," it says.
May 3, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY A two-ton minke whale that washed up dead under a pier was given a further hazing: a graffiti tag of Greek letters spray-painted on its side. The letters appeared to be "Tau Epsilon Phi," painted in the lavender that corresponds to the New York-based fraternity, which has chapters at Rowan University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University. It was followed by what looked like "94. " Fraternity representatives from the Rutgers-Camden and Rowan chapters referred questions to the national organization, which could not be reached for comment.
February 2, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A quiet neighborhood in Mount Airy was shaken up Thursday by racist, anti-Semitic, and sexually graphic graffiti on garage doors and a church. In purple paint, the perpetrators drew swastikas and penises, and wrote derogatory terms for African Americans, along with the names of gangs, on three houses on the 600 block of East Durham Street and at Germantown Christian Assembly on Mount Pleasant Avenue. Graffiti was also found on the 400 block of East Durham, although the messages were not as offensive.
October 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA The first time Salina Santiago saw the neglected vacant lot under the Frankford El on Kensington Avenue, she was afraid to venture too far inside. Old black tires hid like coiled snakes in deep weeds. Addicts left calling cards of used syringes, others carelessly dumped bags of garbage. But Santiago saw beyond the razor wire and broken glass. The 18-year-old graduate of Frankford High School saw a sanctuary for robins, sparrows, and house finches. She saw a place where neighbors could sit on benches and watch birds feeding, bathing, or building nests.