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.
September is about more than just school supplies and beach closings. With Pope Francis coming to Philly, celebrate the city’s international style with a number of spirited – and spiritual – exhibitions.
Art is back in session with our top picks for art happenings this month.
• The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Tuesday, September 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., URBN Headquarters, 5000 S. Broad Street.
InLiquid presents an exhibition in memory of Dina Wind (1938-2014), the sculptor whose studies at The Barnes Foundation and Penn led to a career in reshaped metal and industrial installations spanning several decades. A savage garden of repurposed car parts will be accompanied by a show of work by her son, found-object artist and jeweler John Y. Wind. MORE INFO
• Fall into Street Art
Friday, September 18, 8-10:30 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The annual Young Friends silent auction and party steps out in style with an evening dedicated to street art. Highlights of the fundraiser include hand-crafted cocktails, street fare, hip-hop performances and more. MORE INFO
• Strength and Splendor
Opening September 19, The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
There is something redolent of storybook magic hidden in the wrought iron folds of keys, in the workings of a music box and in the intricacies medieval instruments. An exhibition at the Barnes brings together a collection of such objects, ranging in age from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, from the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen in France. Alongside the exhibition comes the commissioned installation Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting. MORE INFO
Many more art picks, below.
• Stone Age Seafaring in the Mediterranean
Monday, September 28, 6:15 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.
While all sailors might not be as cool as Popeye, the allure of the open seas is irresistible – just ask historians at the Penn Museum. A new discovery reveals that the seafaring history of humans stretches further back in time than originally thought, shortly after farming became the thing to do in 7000 BCE. Splash through all the salty details in an evening lecture. MORE INFO
• 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
• Pope Up
Opening September 5, Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth Street.
No theme is too sacred – or too timely – for Fringe Festival artists to tackle it with just the right touch of humor and introspection. An exhibition of work by 25 artists celebrates the arrival of Pope Francis to Philadelphia and comes as part of the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, which runs September 3-19. MORE INFO
• Mad Ambition
Wednesday, September 30, 12 p.m., PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad Street.
From artist to insane asylum escape artists — yes, you read that right — learn about the history of George H. Comegys. Dr. Catherine Holochwost, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at La Salle University, tackles the economic turmoil that plagued the mid-19th century through the portrait of a young artist. MORE INFO
• Waste Dreams
Opening September 18, Fleisher/Ollman, 1616 Walnut Street.
This month also sees shows that deal with reincarnation of a different sort – thanks to a subversively snide nod to urban redevelopment. The Dufala Brothers bring their special mix of wit and wonder to a photographic, sculptural, and sketchable exploration of Philadelphia’s housing market. MORE INFO
• The Print Center 100
Opening in September, various locations.
Nonprofit gallery The Print Center hits 100 this year, and celebrates with 100 exhibitions at its Rittenhouse Square space, as well as a number of partnering venues around the city. The celebration continues through December, and will include lectures, public art, parties and more. 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 yet another local 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
• The Smoothest of All Possible Space
Opening September 8, Pentimenti Gallery, 145 N. Second Street.
An artist paints away the culture shock brought about by moving from the Native American reservation where he grew up in the west, to graduate school in the east. His exhibition tackles the deterioration of open spaces, and the distribution of our consumer economy. MORE INFO