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.
Candy kisses and flowers at the doorstep aren’t the only ways to find love this February.
Fall in love with art at exhibitions, fundraisers and museum openings bringing international romance to Philadelphia sidewalks.
Send a Valentine to our top picks for art happenings this February.
• Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama
Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. Panama may be a far cry from the legendary seat of El Dorado, and yet it’s not empty of its share of buried treasure. An exhibition at the Penn Museum proves that in Panama, it’s more than just gold that glitters, thanks to new discoveries from a Precolumbian cemetery that open the secrets of a society 1000 years in the past. MORE INFO
• Robert Taplin: Punch
February 13-May 24, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street. Punch has escaped his medieval torments at last — only to trade them in for the precarious setting of the modern world. The sculptures of Robert Taplin tear Punch, the the iconic Italian trickster, away from his historic battles – only to land him squarely in an exhibition at PAFA, on view through May 24 on the plinth of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building and in its galleries as part of its ongoing Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program. MORE INFO
• Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano
Opening February 16, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. An artistic tradition that lasted through 400 years of Japanese history, Kano painters turned wall scrolls and fans into domains where powerful animals stalked. Homes and buildings once glistened in gold leaf glory, only to reemerge centuries later and an ocean away in an exhibition at the art museum. MORE INFO
• Love at The Barnes
Saturday, February 14, 6-9 p.m, The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Love is more than just a moment, it’s a movement — a movement best captured in dance. Koresh Dance Company translates Valentine vibrations into a performance at The Barnes Foundation, where the art of romance even includes free champagne and chocolate. MORE INFO
• Benefit v.15
Saturday, February 7, 6:30-10 p.m., Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street. InLiquid’s annual fundraiser and silent auction brings a two-day show of 250+ works of art to Crane Arts. Funds raised during the Saturday evening party support year-round arts programming and social awareness initiatives, but the ticket price also includes an open bar, catered food and a winter beer garden. MORE INFO
• Class of 2013-14
Closing February 27, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 803 S. 4th Street. For the past two years, two arts advocates — HAHA Magazine and Paradigm Gallery + Studio — have teamed up to bring street artists from around the world to Philadelphia. The closing exhibition is a celebration of madcap adventures, open discourse, and the most important driving force: friendship. MORE INFO
• Beyond the Surface: Image as Object
Opening February 12, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American Street. It doesn’t always take a pair of embarrassingly-large glasses to extend a photographic image into the third dimension. Three artists at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center utilize sculpture and alternative printing processes to bring a new perspective to the two-dimensional medium. MORE INFO
• J. Pascoe
Through February, The Resource Exchange, 1701 N. 2nd Street. Fears can be more than just confronted. They can be trapped in works on paper, reconstructed and transformed into things of beauty. Book maker J. Pascoe relays her anxieties into meditative collage work, using scraps of paper left over from her former work with The Wagner Free Institute of Science. MORE INFO
• Illuminations, Jogged Perspective and Banded Measure
Opening February 4, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 709 Walnut Street. A library suffused with amber light, a hundred panels turning architecture into a repetitive mystery, a video survey of a lonely beach cove. An exhibition of works by Paul Oberst divides Bridgette Mayer Gallery into a series of space, each questioning and complementing the other. MORE INFO
• The Face of the City
Opening February 5, The Clay Studio, 137 N. 2nd Street. Identity is revealed through fragmented portraits, broken down across tiles through the work of Chinese artist Hao Luo. In an exhibition at The Clay Studio, Luo will be creating portraits of famous Philadelphians, finding the identity of the city as a whole in the fragmented lives of its residents. MORE INFO