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.
From golden summers to golden leaves, there’s a wealth of beauty to be had in September.
Let your love of culture shine through with our top picks for arts happenings this month, below.
• A Big Stick of Confidence
All the pop culture icons, from toucans to wizards, know that following your nose is the best advice you can pass on. Find out why with a scent-based show by Clare Ursitti at Quorum, the University City Science Center’s clubhouse for entrepreneurs. The exhibition is part psychological experiment, part art installation, all parts surprise. Thursday, September 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Esther Klein Gallery, Quorum at The Science Center, 3711 Market Street | MORE INFO
• First Friday! French Cabaret
Experiencing a craving for Paris in the fall? Satisfy it with treats both musical and culinary at the cabaret-inspired First Friday fete at the Barnes. Friday, September 5, The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | MORE INFO
• FringeArts Philadelphia Presents Krie Alden
Walk through the show by Krie Alden and it will change along with your movements in real time. See the value in the viewer as an active participant in the arts scene. Opening September 5, Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street | MORE INFO
• New Sight
If the onset of fall and winter leaves you fearful of being trapped in the urban jungle, visit the exhibition curated by internationally known artists Sarah McEneaney and Zoe Strauss. Inspired by the transformation of the Reading Viaduct/Rail Park, the artwork creates a sidewalk symphony, a tribute to the city’s innate but sometimes hard-to-spot beauty. A portion of proceeds from sales of the work will go to benefit Friends of the Rail Park, too. Opening September 5, Threenineteen, 319 N. 11th Street | MORE INFO
• Artists Unite! Project Fishtown
A team of 50 local artists are breaking their early works out from storage for a one-time opportunity to purchase them at a discounted rate. Proceeds from the event will go towards helping these artists continue to cover the cost of creating. It’s three floors and 8,000 square feet of affordable artwork. September 5-7, The Hatchery, 2628 Martha Street | MORE INFO
For more art happenings, see below.
• Food Tour: Delicious and Good for You!
It’s time to put on your fall foodie hats. Penn Museum breaks out the ancient tastebuds with a tour of the top 10 Mayan foods, including chile, maize, and avocados. While you’re there, check out the the Native American Voices exhibition in the adjacent gallery. Saturday, September 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street | MORE INFO
• PaperClips215 One Year Anniversary
Fresh off a nomination for a Philly Geek Award for Web Project of the Year, local visual arts event site PaperClips215 is hosting a birthday bash and fundraiser in celebration of its first anniversary. The $10 cover opens up the warehouse doors to live musical performances, a raffle, a silent auction, arts demonstrations, and more. Saturday, September 6, 6-10 p.m., Kongo Kanvas, 2102 E. Norris Street | MORE INFO
• Fifth Wall and An Edifice Spectrum
Vintage objects, rooms decorated topsy-turvy and inside-out: it’s your Lewis Carroll fantasy come true. Three artists rework place, objects, and hybrid animal forms for a fantastical arts adventure. Opening September 11, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street | MORE INFO
• Cut & Paste: New Mixed-Media and Digital Collages
It’s science meets dreamscape in an exhibition of artwork that looks like Nikola Tesla’s brain set to rotoscoping. Printmaker and digital collage artist Jen McCleary experiments with form and function in a solo exhibition at Crane Arts, presented by InLiquid. Opening September 11, Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street | MORE INFO
• David Lynch: The Unified Field
What reason do you need to see a David Lynch exhibition, other than David Lynch? The famed filmmaker began his career as an art student at PAFA, and now the drawings and paintings that started it all will give a glimpse into his early musings. Opening September 13, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street | MORE INFO
• do it
This is the show that never ends. Started in 1993 in a Paris cafe – as all great happenings in art begin – the do it exhibition began as a series of instructions from internationally renowned artists. Now, sets of instructions have been interpreted in galleries around the globe. Moore will take a turn at cracking the codes of artists like Sol LeWitt, David Lynch, Jonas Mekas, Yoko Ono, and many more. Opening September 13, The Galleries at Moore, 20th Street and The Parkway| MORE INFO
• Fall into Art: ARTober Fest
Go behind-the-scenes at the art museum as they reopen the original vaulted walkway for a fundraising party and young professionals networking event. An avante-garde inspired beer garden puts the fashionable back into your fun shui. Friday, September 19, 6-9:30 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | MORE INFO
The original Vaulted Walkway below the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which will be the site of ARTober Fest this September.