Carl(os) Roa is back and thinking about fat bodies in visual art and on stage. Prompted by a recent trip to Colombia, he ponders what is gained when we challenge prevailing notions of what a protagonist looks like.
PAFA's new Curator of the John Rhoden Collection comes on board April 24 to help PAFA promote the career of the under-known African American artist. Teachers Action Group is 9 years old and invites you to their conference, to help effect change in the schools and community. Also, Share the Spotlight offers tuition-free summer music camp for aspiring teen musicians.
April 18th marks International Day For Monuments and Sites. There is no better place to check out some of Philly’s most impressive and historic monuments than Laurel Hill Cemetery. Mandy Palasik recaps Laurel Hill’s recent “Changing Death: A Panel Discussion on Ritual and Acceptance,” reporting on the evolution of grave monument styles. As an added bonus, the event marked the opening of Caitlin McCormack’s intricate exhibit, Lazarus Taxa, on view until May 31, 2018.
Artblog’s Leah Gallant speaks with artist Shona McAndrew about censorship, the male gaze and discovering paper mache. "Moira," McAndrew’s current show of sculptures and digital collages at Pilot Projects, is on view (by appointment) through Friday April 20th.
Deb Krieger is back with a review of "Victoriana Reimagined," on view at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion Victorian House Museum and Garden through September 1st, 2018. This multi-room installation features three female contemporary artists who use craft to uncover the history and politics of the domestic sphere.
Imani is still thinking about her trip to Volta last month. In particular, she reflects on "The Aesthetics of Matter" — this year’s curated section by Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont, which featured artists Tomashi Jackson, Troy Michie, Devin N. Morris, Christie Neptune, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, David Shrobe, Didier William, and Kennedy Yanko. While their work mines the political potential of collage across a variety of media, the surrounding context of the fair raises important questions about the political labor that African American artists and curators perform in the global contemporary art market. Volta NY 2018 was on view March 7th-11th at Pier 90 in Manhattan, NY.
In this sponsored post, Michael takes a tour of the Philadelphia International Airport’s extensive contemporary art exhibitions and shares a few highlights from the nationally-unique program. With the help of Airport curator, Leah Douglas, Artblog brings you as close to these beauties as you can get without a plane ticket.
The Velocity Fund's information sessions will answer your questions about funding via it's new stream of funds for artist one-year projects. And on the Internet, "Ask Dave" will tackle and answer your questions about careers in the arts! Holy cow! Answers are coming.
For years, multidisciplinary performer Martha Stuckey has commanded stages in a brightly-colored wig and stilettos as the lead singer of Red 40 and the Last Groovement, Philadelphia’s premier clown-funk-cabaret band. Now she is preparing to strike a more personal note in her upcoming commissioned show, Due to Sensitive Nature, on view April 12th-14th at the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio. She speaks with Imani Roach about taking risks, growing up singing in Lutheran church, and what it means to be a woman in charge. How did kettle corn and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit help to shape her performance trajectory? Listen to find out. Imani interviewed Martha at Moore College of Art and Design's TGMR radio station on April 3rd, 2018; the podcast is 51 minutes long.
New Boon(e) collective moves on, and Jerry's on Front opens up. At Taller Puertorriqueño, there's hot programming coming up, and ICA garners two large gifts to endow curatorial positions.
When multi-media artists Lucia Alber and Katie Rauth first met as interns at Vox Populi Gallery, they recognized in each other a shared interest in the performance of gender and an attraction to similar forms and materials. Since their earliest collaborations in 2016, they have continued to build a powerful friendship both inside and outside of the studio — a friendship which served as an important source of support during Lucia’s recent experience being stalked by a man who serviced her car at a local Jiffy Lube. Here they speak with Matt Kalasky, about Leave Worry Behind, the body of work that emerged from that harrowing experience, on display at Practice Gallery beginning Friday, April 6th. This work, created by Alber and curated by Rauth, uses French boudoir aesthetics to examine the sexual politics of car culture. What is a “sulking room” and how much self-care is too much self care? Listen to find out. Matt interviewed Lucia and Katie at Moore College of Art and Design's TGMR radio station on April 4th, 2018; the podcast is 20 minutes long.
Despite the rapid globalization of the art world, the history of modernism in India remains poorly understood outside of the subcontinent itself. Andrea Kirsh reviews three recent books that highlight South Asian artists active between the early 1930s and the end of the 20th century and explores their aesthetic relationships, both to western art history and to their local pictorial traditions. Anyone interested in what decolonization looks like in rich historical context should read on!
As the first of the March, 2018, Noreasters hit Philadelphia, Roberta and another hundred or more souls crammed the PAFA auditorium to hear artist Amy Sherald talk about her life, her art and, of course, painting the portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, which debuted at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington earlier in the year.
Today, we share a 2012 image of a Peeps Diorama of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Libby reported on this when she found there was a trend in using Peeps in art! Enjoy your Easter, Passover, April Fool's Day!
Michael visits “Space Invaders,” on view through April 19th at Rutgers Camden’s Stedman Gallery. For this collaborative group show, artists have been commissioned to produce new works in dialogue, not only with the interior of the gallery itself, but with each other. The result is a show that pushes the boundaries of medium, combining sculpture, projection, sound and lighting to suggest the complexity of the ties that bind objects in memory and in the world. “Space Invaders” includes work by Elizabeth Mackie, Andi Steele, Kaitlyn Paston, Joanna Platt, and Jacintha Clark.
Introducing a new Artblog feature - an Advice Column! "Ask Dave" debuts at the end of April with answers to questions about careers in the arts. Also, some photos of photo murals on South Broad Street that should make you slow down and contemplate. A great couple of University of the Arts photo projects!