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 smaller, alternative galleries and art spaces, as well as at the city’s major art institutions.
Make like a firecracker and let your world explode with light and color this July.
See our top picks for arts happenings this month for the best advice on how to fight for your cultural independence:
• Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art: July 1-September 1, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The new slogan for the art museum might be “more art, more accessibility,” thanks to the architectural renovations being planned by Frank Gehry. Among the ideas for expansion are the creation of a new public entrance, lower level galleries, and a potential window opening out onto the city skyline. A behind-the-scenes peak at the plans is now on display at the museum in an exhibition that includes models of the proposed renovations, as well as insights into the life and background of Gehry.
• From the New World: Opening July 2, 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. Second Street. Music does more than soothe a savage breast — through the work of painter Jacqueline Unanue, it draws life into an empty canvas. In a series inspired by Symphony From the New World, by Antonin Dvorak, by Bedrich Smetana’s My Fatherland symphonic poems, and by the Chilean composers Juan Orrego-Salas and Enrique Soro, the artist maps out the origins of humanity.
• Cocktails and Canvases: Paint Night at the UAG: Wednesday, July 9, 6-9 p.m., Urban Art Gallery, 262 S. 52nd Street. Urban Art Gallery puts a whole new meaning to the phrase school spirit. The painting workshop includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, vendors, music — in short, it’s the closest you’ll ever get to Hogwarts in a school of craft and creativity.
• This Planet Is Doomed: A Sun Ra Celebration: Thursday, July 10, 7-10 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. Celebrate the poetry and music of the cosmos with the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra, a pioneer in the Afro-Futurist movement. Archival films followed by a dance party tribute keep the evening — and the planets — revolving.
• To Tiger, With Love: Friday, July 11, 6-10 p.m., Tiger Strikes Asteroid, 319A N. 11th Street, Suite 2H. It’s an exhibition that’s a five year love story to Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Celebrating the space’s anniversary, past and present members will be offering their works for sale at $200.
More With Art picks, below.
• Slide Lecture with Stuart Shils: Conde Nast Vacation or Bagel on the Corner: Friday, July 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad Street. How do you take the great outdoors and lock it into the dimensions of a canvas? Artist and PAFA alum Stuart Shils will teach you how in a lecture that spans his career as an outdoor painter who has covered the globe.
• Emerging Talent: Opening July 25, Seraphin Gallery, 1108 Pine Street. Follow the burgeoning careers of recent graduates from both PAFA and Moore College of Art and Design in a two-for-one combo exhibition. The work represents a variety of media and explores the process involved in creating it.
• Opening Reception and Artist Talk with LandLab Resident Artists: Saturday, July 26, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road. More than just an art installation, the work by Maggie Mills, B.H. Mills, and Marguerita Hagan acts as an environmental study. The garden-centric talk will focus on plant-pollinator interactions and the role they play in our ecosystem.
• We Paint Houses: Through July 26, Practice Gallery, 319 N. 11th Street, Second Floor. Columbian artist Felipe Castelblanco is known for work that’s multimedia in more ways than one: thanks to a mix of social engagement, performance and participation, and urban intervention. In June, the artist worked with Latino day laborers around the city to set up a temporary house-painting service at Practice Gallery. This month, documentation from the project will be on display.
• ARTime Storytime: Dancing with Degas: Thursday, July 31, 10:30-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-noon, The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Instill a love of dancing and Degas into your children with a workshop at the Barnes. Anyone who’s read Hans Christian Andersen knows the magic that the right pair of dancing shoes can hold for the young and the young-at-heart, so why not take it a step further and create your own?
• In Conversation with the High Priestess: Through August 17, B Square Gallery, 614 S. 9th Street. The tarot deck has roots stretching back as early as the 15th century. Artist Gretchen Diel reimagines the original symbolisms in a series of dreamscapes that eliminate the need for the human figure. The appointment-only exhibition runs through August 17.
• InLiquid @ Spruce Street Harbor Park: Through August, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Delaware River Waterfront. If a boardwalk, arcade games, and funnel cake haven’t tempted you over to Spruce Street Harbor Park, then live art installations might just do the trick. Artist members of InLiquid will be yarn-bombing, painting, and sculpting their way around the park through August.