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.
Deck the halls with artwork this holiday season, thanks to arts fairs, auctions, and exhibitions aplenty.
Dash and dance your way through our top picks for arts happenings this December.
• Space 1026 Art Auction
December 5-12, Space 1026, 1026 Arch Street. With five days of pre-events, including musical performances and a winter formal, the Space 1026 auction turns anticipation into an artform. For 17 years, 1026 has provided studio spaces, a communal silk screen facility, and gallery space for collaborative projects. Artist donations raised during the auction support repair costs and ensure the space’s continued presence in the Philadelphia arts community. MORE INFO
• 19th Annual Peace Around the World
Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. If there’s one tradition of the holidays that’s acknowledged world-wide , no matter what the cultural origin, it’s the idea of peace. The 19th Annual Peace around the World event at the Penn Museum celebrates the musical and culinary delights that make our holidays unique, while reminding us of the common ground that keeps our humanness universal. MORE INFO
• Caroling Through the Galleries
Saturday, December 6, 1, 2 and 3:30 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. When you’re searching for the proper background for a good round of caroling, you won’t find any halls decked out better than those at the art museum. Join the Pennsylvania Girlchoir in a sing-along tour of the medieval and Renaissance galleries. MORE INFO
• Nutcracker Market
December 11-14, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street. The secret to holiday shopping has been cracked wide open at The Kimmel Center, with its second annual Nutcracker Market. Featuring three floors filled with 75 artisan vendors, a Land of Sweets candy shop and characters from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Uncle Drosselmeyer won’t be the only one giving great gifts this holiday season. MORE INFO
More art picks, below.
• The Irma and Herbert Barness Lecture: The Scandals of Schiaparelli
Monday, December 15, 2-3:30 pm, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Scandal is the best accessory to any fashion – but especially the work of innovators like Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. A lecture unravels the life and legacy of the surrealist couturier. MORE INFO
• Philadelphia Treasures Through Stories and Song
Friday, December 19, 6-9 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Art gets epic at The Barnes Foundation, thanks to a jazz performance by men’s singing group The Orpheus Club. Luckily for the modern-day Orpheus, Philly treasures aren’t buried as deep as the Underworld – as a talk on artist William Glackens demonstrates. MORE INFO
Opening Tuesday, December 2, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut Street. From Marilyn Monroe to the Venus de Milo, Stuart Netsky sings of the feminine ideal in art history and pop culture. His first solo exhibition in Philadelphia in several years, Sirens crashes you against the hidden rocks of gender roles and sexual stereotypes. MORE INFO
• Naked Ambition
Opening Wednesday, December 3, Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd Street. Whether your fur fandom falls in the camp of Snow White or Cruella de Vil, there’s no denying the allure of advertising. An exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery highlights 25 years of celebrities endorsing PETA campaigns, fighting nature’s battles not with tooth and claw, but with star power and sex appeal. MORE INFO
• Jenny Kanzler and Catherine Mulligan
Opening Friday, December 5, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street. Everything is magnified in childhood – our greatest joys – and our worst fears. Jenny Kanzler and Catherine Mulligan confront the inexplicable terrors trapped in memories and random objects in an exhibition that continues through January 25. MORE INFO
• Books of Secrets
Opening Friday, December 5, Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street. Alchemical secrets will be revealed in the form of artwork and texts at the Chemical Heritage Foundation this December. Learn more about the medieval mashup of magic and chemistry, just in time for the season of silver and gold decorations. MORE INFO
• Homegoing: Photographs from 2004-2008
Opening Friday, December 5, Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery, 230 Vine Street. Jeffrey Stockbridge finds calm in the clutter and beauty of abandonment with a photography series dedicated to derelict spaces in North and West Philadelphia. Mostly empty of life but still full of light and longing, the pieces whisper memories out of dust and disuse. MORE INFO
• Wait for the Moon
Opening December 12, Arch Enemy Arts, 109 Arch Street. Time to shine your glass slippers and spin your straw hats into gold. Twenty artists at Arch Enemy Arts illustrate the famous fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. MORE INFO