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.
Between First Fridays and a slew of new arts venues opening up every year, the Philadelphia arts scene has a whole lot to be grateful for. Show your appreciation with November’s openings and art parties, as always bringing big names and big expectations to a gallery near you.
So be sure to save a big spot on your calendar for our top picks for arts happenings this month.
• Art + Science Open House
Wednesday, November 5, The Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street. The next time you’re in a science lab, try to re-imagine those incomprehensible tools you see before you as artistic mediums. If it seems like a bit of a stretch, stop by The Wistar Institute to witness a demonstration on the microscope, the photography tool that doubles as a life-saving device during cancer research. While you’re there, check out the kinetic sculpture installation by Kate Kaman and Joel Erland. MORE INFO
• It’s a Strange World: Music of David Lynch
Thursday, November 6, 6-8 p.m., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street. The David Lynch celebration continues at PAFA with a concert performance, curated by Philadelphia magazine’s Victor Fiorillo, the publication’s arts and entertainment editor. Performances will include musical pieces that provided the Frankenstein formula for Lynch’s inspiration to take life in his movies and paintings. MORE INFO
• First Friday! William Glackens Opening Party
Friday, November 7, 6-9 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Back in the days of vaudeville, stages could lift an audience with a smile, move them with a dance, and otherwise slapstick and drumline their way into the hearts of theaters across the country. This First Friday the Barnes takes on the vaudeville spirit with a comic performance by Maggy Keegan of Figment Theater, a musical performance with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, a visit by the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and more, all in celebration of the opening of the William Glackens exhibition. MORE INFO
For more art picks this month, see below.
• Moment and Line
Friday, November 7, 6-9 p.m., Engagement Studios, 222 Vine Street. Old City startup Engagement Studios lends its space to the area arts scene, thanks to a partnership with nonprofit InLiquid Art + Design. In the resulting exhibition, three artists take drawing to new directions, blending the influences of narrative, Persian music, and autumn colors. Also on display in the space will be a mural-in-progress by Shira Walinsky and a lighting installation by Warren Muller. While in Old City, you can check out two more First Friday shows by InLiquid, Breaking Patterns at The Painted Bride Art Center, and oh, Snap! at National Realty Gallery. MORE INFO
• Full Bleed: Poetry Comics Show
Opening Friday, November 7, Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd Street. The only thing that might make art better is if it could drop rhymes like Dr. Seuss. An exhibition at Indy Hall aims towards that lofty goal, with a collaboration of artists and poets bringing color back to the couplet. MORE INFO
• Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Through January 4, 2015. Symposium, November 7-8, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Meet the man responsible for transforming photography into an art form — or at least see his masterpieces. Skilled in still and motion picture capture, Strand’s career spanned several decades, and even several continents. Now, 250 of his finest prints are on display at the through January 4, 2015. This month, the Sixth Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium explores Strand and the art of photography with two days of lectures. MORE INFO
• Convenient Vanities and Political Fancies
Saturday, November 15, 6-9 p.m., James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street. Politicians and vanity collide — not on television, but in art. Artist Cheryl Harper re-proportions and re-appropriates scandal and history in works on paper and ceramics. Then, enter the 17th-century luxury of a modern-day convenience store, a logical fallacy brought to you by the keen and whimsical observations of Harper as she revels in the cheap and trendy fast foods and fast fixes of every day life. MORE INFO
• Beyond White Pines: Poconos Paradise, Past & Present
Saturday, November 15, 1-4 p.m., The Light Room Gallery, 2024 Wallace Street. Abandoned mountain resorts don’t always lead to horror movie confrontations. Sometimes, they can lead to small pockets of past lives, as the current exhibition at Light Room Gallery demonstrates. Photographs documenting Pocono resorts, still playing host to their original 1970s decor, serve us a step out into the open and back into the past. MORE INFO
• Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth, Art, and History
Saturday, November 22, 1 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. More than just the stuff Wonder Woman is made of, the Amazons served as respected and dreaded foes to the Greek pantheon of demi-gods. A free lecture with Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Stanford University Classics Department, provides some real-world inspiration to warrior-women everywhere. Her talk takes you to the Eurasian steppes, where a historical group of women provided the basis for the Amazonian myth. MORE INFO
Opening Saturday, November 22, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. You sit on it, you sleep on it, you eat over it, and for the rest of the time you take it for granted. The furniture that otherwise serves as the props to your life’s play bears a form to go with its function. Learn about one design firm, family-owned Swiss company Vitra, accessorizing international houses into homes since 1950. MORE INFO
• Robinson Fredenthal: Small Cast Bronze Unique Sculptures
Through Saturday, November 29, Larry Becker Contemporary Art, 43 N. 2nd Street. When Parkinson’s Disease deprived artist Robinson Fredenthal of the ability to draw, he fought back in the form of sculpture. You might recognize his work in the “Black Forest” sculpture at the entrance to Penn’s campus, and a variety of other public works around the city, but the exhibition at Larry Becker introduces you to a smaller yet powerful collection. MORE INFO