Our Top Picks For September’s First Friday With A Collaborative Exhibition At Indy Hall, An Opening At Metropolitan Gallery 250 And More

It’s time to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia on Friday, September 4.

Memories of home, school, struggle and loss are just some of the darker themes being covered in art show openings this month. Get introspective with group shows, documentary photography, awareness efforts, and more.

Remember, beyond our picks there’s tons more action on arts corridors in Old City and Fishtown, in particular.

Our September First Friday picks, below.


Friday, September 4, 5-9 p.m., Indy Hall, 22 N. Third Street

Luckily for the Philadelphia arts scene, independence and collaboration are not mutually exclusive ideas. An exhibition featuring over 20 artists at Indy Hall quite literally weaves individual expressions with the fibers of community by threading canvases together. MORE INFO

We leave, we never leave, we return endlessly

Friday, September 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Twelve Gates Arts, 51 N. Second Street

If home is where the heart is, where is the heart when home is destroyed? Fiber artist Ruby Chishti tackles the dilemma of refugees in a new land, and the sense of physical and emotional displacement that follows them. MORE INFO

The Liminal State

Opening September 4, Metropolitan Gallery 250, 250 S. 18th Street

September is the month for all things spirit in the city, as this exhibition tackles themes from the afterlife, more specifically the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Kristin Schattenfield-Rein melds glass and sand with paint and epoxy resin to turn a manmade lens onto the journey of life, death and rebirth. MORE INFO

Indy Hall
In celebration of First Friday, Indy Hall hosts a collaborative exhibition feautring work by 20 artists. (Photo by CJ Dawson Photography)

Looking for Stillness

Friday, September 4, 5-7 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

The latest exhibition in InLiquid’s Art for Action series, Looking for Stillness tackles the strength-from-darkness that arises when dealing with mental and physical conflict. Artist Eli Smith uses bodily form and bold imagery to confront Tourette Snydrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. MORE INFO

More events, below.

Gilding Fissures: Variations on Existence

September 4-11, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street

Poets and artists are not known for shying away from difficult emotions – loss being one of the highest on the scale. Now a collaboration between local artists seeks to harness the powers of written and visual arts in a transformation of medium that reflects the transformation of the self through grief. MORE INFO

Exhibition with Doug Herren

Friday, September 4, 6 p.m., House Gallery, 1816 Frankford Avenue

Power and intimacy unite through the pottery forms of Doug Herren. Manipulating both the potter’s wheel and hand-built forms, Herren finds the balance between the functional and the industrial. MORE INFO

Back to School

Friday, September 4, 6-10 p.m., Gravy Studio, 155 Cecil B. Moore

If processing local school closings can seem like an overwhelming feat, then an exhibition of photography documenting it all can put things back into perspective. The show pushes for more than just awareness, as proceeds will support ongoing documentation as well as a youth workshop. MORE INFO


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