Barbara Kasten: Stages @ ICA

Through August 16th at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Barbara Kasten: Stages is the first major survey of the work of artist Barbara Kasten. Widely recognized for her photographs, since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, and installation. Spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectonic form, this exhibition situates Kasten’s practice within current conversations around sculpture and photography. Kasten’s interest in the interplay between three- and two-dimensional forms, her engagement with staging and the role of the prop, her cross-disciplinary process, and her new approaches to abstraction and materiality are all intensely relevant to the present artistic moment, resulting in a new generation of artists who have drawn inspiration from Kasten’s aesthetic and method.

Check it out here!

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Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio

When: Until March 29, 2015
Where: Arthur Ross Gallery (On Campus!)

In 1932, Strand was invited by Carlos Chavez, director of the Fine Arts Department of the Secretariat of Public Education, to document the changing landscape and people of Mexico.

During the two years Strand spent in Mexico, he traveled the countryside with his Korona and Graflex large format cameras. He explored small towns, churches, religious icons, and the people who inhabited the land. Strand, like many of the artists who were making art at the Taller de Gráfica Popular print studio, worked on this project during the period when the post-revolution government sought to establish a modern national culture that would capture Mexico’s unique character.

Check out the exhibition on campus from now until March! More info here!

Cast: A Group Exhibition

When: Thursday March 13th 2014 at 12:00am to Tuesday May 17th 2016 at 12:00am
Where: Philadelphia Photo Arts Center – 1400 N American Street Suite 103 Philadelphia PA 19122

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is pleased to announce Cast, a group exhibition featuring the work of Dru Donovan, Amy Elkins, Tarrah Kranjak, Laurel Nakadate and Pinar Yolocan. Using the human body and variations of historic and commercial conventions of portraiture, these artists challenge the conceptual constraints of how a portrait functions while addressing issues regarding authorship and control, as well as our stereotypes and perceived sense of beauty.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13th, 6-9pm

Check it out here!

The Call of the Wild – A Gallery Show

When: Until March 15th, Saturday and Sundays from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Uncommon Events Gallery – 25th and Aspen Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Vast vistas of the tundra, sled dogs ready to run, and stark, rocky seascapes are some of the dramatic images captured in color and black and white photos by the adventurous Jilly Appleheimer in her upcoming show at Uncommon Events Gallery, 25th and Aspen Streets, Philadelphia. Her three-dimensional oil paintings of wild, fanciful flowers in exotic colors round out the exhibition.

Check it out here!

Penn Art Club and SPEC Art Collective Present: Tour of Itinerant Belongings

On Friday, November 14, join Penn Art Club and SPEC Art Collective on their tour of a new exhibition on display at Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall and The Slought Foundation. The exhibition examines the work of eight artists from around the world who engage with non-traditional ideas of homeland and belonging. It will be an amazing opportunity t listen to the curators of the show itself!

The group will be meeting outside The Slought Foundation at 2:50pm.

For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

Call for Submissions – University City Arts League

The University City Arts League Gallery (UCAL) exhibits emerging and established artists to inspire, educate and engage the West Philadelphia community in the visual arts.

Submissions are welcome year-round, and the selection committee meets twice a year to select artists for exhibition in April and October.

The deadline for the October exhibition is September 30.

Click here for more information about UCAL!

Mark Your Calendars: Philly Photo Day!

On October 10, 2014, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) will hold the fifth annual Philly Photo Day, a day of educational outreach and engagement when PPAC invites everyone in the city to take a photograph using a phone or camera.  The only restriction is that it is taken in Philadelphia on that day. PPAC then prints and hangs every single image – thousands – for a vast exhibition presenting an uncensored reflection of Philadelphia from countless of diverse lenses.

This year photographs will be displayed in a gallery exhibition in November and December, billboards through out the city and a groundbreaking inaugural outdoor exhibition in the newly revitalized Dilworth Plaza at City Hall in March and April of 2015.

For more information, visit https://www.philaphotoarts.org/events/philly-photo-day/