The Art Museum and the Barnes are the places to be tonight as both play host to special First Friday celebrations that go well into the evening. (Left photo by G. Widman for GPTMC / right photo courtesy the Barnes)
[With so much happening on Philadelphia’s arts and culture scene, we want to make Uwishunu, in conjunction with sister site With Art Philadelphia, your one-stop-shop for all that’s happening with local art. Every month, we gather our top art picks, featuring exhibits and events at both smaller, alternative galleries and art spaces, as well as at the city’s major art institutions. Be sure to check them out for yourself.]
Spring weather will sneaking in and out of Philly skies in the coming weeks, offering you the chance to sneak in and out of art galleries all month long. Warm up with our top picks for art happenings around town this March.
• First Friday Parties on the Parkway: Friday, March 1. Both the PMA and the Barnes are hosting events parties tonight that sound like they’re going to be awesome. The Barnes is having a First Friday event complete with music, drinks, art and Tango dancing. 6-10 p.m. And then the Art Museum is having a First Friday After-Party to celebrate their new exhibit, Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, complete with a DJ in the Great Stair Hall. Tickets are only $10 and the party runs from 9 p.m. to midnight.
PAFA, 128 N. Broad Street. It may not be wise to wear your heart on your sleeve, but luckily the rule doesn’t apply to your artistic taste. At the PAFA Trunk Show, you’ll have the chance to proudly display your love for local creativity on-the-go, thanks to jewelry designed by Amy Ragsdale and fashion by Denise Shardlow.
• Portfolio at PAFA Trunk Show: Sunday, March 10, 1 – 5 p.m., PAFA, 128 N. Broad Street. It may not be wise to wear your heart on your sleeve, but luckily the rule doesn’t apply to your artistic taste. At the PAFA Trunk Show, you’ll have the chance to proudly display your love for local creativity on-the-go, thanks to jewelry designed by Amy Ragsdale and fashion by Denise Shardlow.
• Community Arts Project at Paradigm Gallery + Studio: Opening March 22, Paradigm, 803 S. 4th Street. Third time’s the charm for Fourth Street art space Paradigm, celebrating their three year anniversary with a benefit and exhibition. All work is crafted specifically for the show, and lets you begin your art collecting career for a suggested donation of $20.
• Cryptic One Walk and Talk at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education: Saturday, March 9, 4 – 6 p.m., Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road. Tap into your inner Bear Grylls at the Schuylkill Center, with a walk and talk led by ecological artist Brandon Ballengee and urban naturalist Bernard Brown of Grid Magazine. As you’re exploring the center’s amphibian hotspots, just remember what Bear always seems to forget: this wildlife is for watching, not eating.
• History and Mystery Cinema: Clash of the Titans (2010) at the Penn Museum: Wednesday, March 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. Steal some epic courage from the Penn Museum with a tour of Classical Greek Objects followed by a screening of Clash of the Titans. Gird yourself for an MST3K-style battle of wits, thanks to live commentary by Professor Ralph Rosen, specialist in Greek satire.
• Young Friends Winter Gala: A Great and Mighty Benefit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. There are few things in life more glamorous than making an entrance in black tie on a grand stairway. While life in the city may not be overflowing with balls and masquerades, the art museum’s gala is the next best thing. With dancing, cocktails, and a silent auction, you can party like the fresh prince of Buckingham.
• Artful Deception – Italian Master Forgers at Barnes Foundation: Friday, March 29, 6 – 7 p.m., Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For anyone who’s ever caught an episode of White Collar and wondered why outlaws have all the fun, this lecture at the Barnes takes you behind-the-thieves. Hear about the forgers and the collectors they swindled. It’s a lesson in art history you can’t refuse.
• International Women’s Day: Fantastic Films by Women at International House Philadelphia: Friday, March 8, 7 p.m., International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street. If you missed the Academy Awards this year, celebrate great film at International House. Delve into the surrealist visions of women filmmakers, as you travel from seashores to science fiction, from color into shades of gray, through a century’s worth of cinema.
• Beach at Space 1026: Opening March 1, Space 1026, 1026 Arch Street. Tired of just listening to the ocean soundtrack on your iPod? Take a summer vacation in the spring with the Sam Friedman exhibition at Space 1026. Enveloped in artwork 10 feet high, Space 1026 brings Philly a little closer to the coastline.
• Porch Light Exhibition at Trust: Opening March 1, Trust, 249 Arch Street. If your office drawer is filled with stress balls, it might be time to learn how art can offset your panic. Thanks to the Porch Light initiative, the Mural Arts Program offers a series of events this month exploring how public creativity can positively influence health and wellness.
• Storylines at Snyderman-Works Galleries: Opening March 1, Snyderman-Works Galleries, 303 Cherry Street. Wrap yourself around mesh sculptures by Norma Minkowitz. Solid shapes emerge from dimension-defying fibers, painted skeletons dance through dark surfaces, as the artist explores visions of entrapment this March.
• Context and Circumstance at Twenty-Two Gallery: Opening March 8, Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S 22nd Street. Michael J. Moore, Jr. plays with familiarly-unfamiliar spaces, drawing on his fascination with architectural conundrums and H.P. Lovecraft. For spine-tingling action outside of the movie theater, visit Twenty-Two Gallery through April 7.
• Ahem at Crane Arts: Opening March 6, Crane Arts, 1400 N American Street. Get a sneak-peek at the next generation of artists with the Tyler School of Art MFA student exhibition. With work from ceramics to photography to interactive design, learn why Philly art schools are just another reason to boast about your native city.