May 2, 2015 |
Walk in honor and admiration of your favorite girls and women Saturday at the third annual Sojourner Truth Walk at Clark Park in University City. All are welcome to support this 5k walk through West Philadelphia. Bring a photo of your favorite female to hold up during the walk, whether it's your daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, an esteemed leader, or other. You can walk as an individual or as a team. The route circles Clark Park to Kingsessing Park, then Malcolm X Park, and ends at the Calvary Center for Community and Culture on 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
April 24, 2015 |
When Horace Pippin died in West Chester in July 1946 at age 58, the New York Times obituary praised the painter as a "noted Negro artist, who taught himself to paint. " The Times then reported that "the simplicity of the primitives he produced" had led Chester County critic Christian Brinton to compare Pippin to "Pittsburgh road digger John Kane, famed housepainter artist. " Even in death, Pippin was presented not on his own terms, but in relation to a white artist in a comparison made by a white critic.
March 23, 2015 |
GENGHIS KHAN rides into town, gay rights get celebrated, "Deep Throat" (the Watergate informant, not the smut) appears in a very '70s photo show and the great painter Horace Pippin gets a great big retrospective - his first in 20 years. So stop bellyaching that there's nothing to do. Richard Avedon: Family Affairs, April 1-Aug. 2. Rare exhibit resurrects the fashion photographer's 1976 political statement - a portfolio he shot for Rolling Stone featuring 69 black-and-white portraits of that era's power elite.
February 21, 2015 |
The African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Brandywine River Museum combine forces on Saturday to celebrate the 127th anniversary of West Chester artist Horace Pippin with a "crafternoon" at the African American Museum. Festivities begin with a reading aloud of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. Pippin often included a red highlight in his landscapes, domestic interiors, and historic scenes. Afterward, guests can make their own art inspired by the artist.
February 7, 2015 |
It was 39 years ago that President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month "to honor the too-often-neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history. " The month's mandate since then has broadened to encompass all elements of diaspora, heritage, issues, and achievement. The region has launched a month of art and exhibitions, theater, film, and events that celebrate and illuminate black history past, present, and future.
June 16, 2014 |
Since the arrival of director William Valerio almost four years ago, the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill has undergone stunning improvements, not least the transformation of the museum's unfocused summer juried exhibition into a serious examination of contemporary art. This year, the museum has made yet another bold step in the right direction, inviting one of the city's most admired artists, the painter Sarah McEneaney, to be the juror of its...
September 7, 2013 |
Horace Pippin deserved better. That's all librarian Christina McCawley and her husband, Dwight, could think of as they pushed away the branches. The West Chester couple had gone in search of the grave site of the self-taught artist whose work hangs on the walls of major museums. On their second visit to Chestnut Grove Annex Cemetery in West Goshen Township, they found Pippin's resting place. It was buried, the couple said, beneath the branches of a tree-size bush that dwarfed McCawley and her husband.
February 23, 2013
Film New this week: 56 Up (**** out of four stars). The eighth installment in the extraordinary doc series that began with Seven Up, profiling a group of British 7-year-olds, and revisiting them every seven years since. Although the respective stories are different, ultimately what is so compelling is the universality of the experiences. We were all once children. And we all will die. And in between, there is everything else. No MPAA rating (adult themes). - Steven Rea Music Sweet Honey in the Rock.
February 22, 2013 |
When she was 8 or 9, in the 1960s, Jen Bryant learned to type by copying obituary material on the desk of her father, a Flemington, N.J., undertaker. In 2004, having already published more than a dozen books, she happened on a painting at the Brandywine River Museum by Horace Pippin, the late African American artist from West Chester. Bookend events. From her first childhood taste of writing to her latest children's book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, published by Alfred A. Knopf in January.
February 22, 2013 |
The stage production based on E.B. White's story Charlotte's Web continues at Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Charlotte the Spider, Templeton the Rat, and their animal friends try to save Wilbur the Pig from being slaughtered. Charlotte writes messages in her web to get the farmer's attention in hopes he will let Wilbur live. "Charlotte's Web," 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman. Admission: $9. Tickets can be purchased by phone, at the theater box office, or online at www.pitmanbroadwaytheatre.com . Information: 856-384-8381.