November holds up to its reputation for gluttony with a spread of arts offerings that include everything from lectures on architecture and stop-motion animation to dancing at The Barnes and gathering seashell art.
Dig in with our top picks for art happenings this month.
• The 100th Anniversary of the Harrison Rotunda at the Penn Museum
When you’re visiting an art collection, how often do you notice the building that surrounds it? A lecture at the Penn Museum discussing the architectural history behind the Rotunda and the auditorium beneath it will reawaken your appreciation for a sometimes overlooked artform.
When: Sunday, November 8, 2-3 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
• Indecent Exposures: Eadward Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Nudes
A free lecture exposes the work of stop-motion master and father of film Eadward Muybridge. The presentation is for adult audiences only, as the talk also explores nude photographs that provided important educational opportunities for the medical field, as well as a small release from Victorian principles.
When: Wednesday, November 18, 12 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
• First Friday! Swing Dance Social
The only bug you’ll want to catch this season is the jitterbug, thanks to lessons by Society Hill Swing Dance, followed by a performance by Blackbird Society Orchestra at the Barnes. The paintings will step in on the action thanks to a short talk by Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings Barbara Buckley on dance-themed pieces in the collection.
When: Friday, November 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design
Bruce Mau is designing the way towards environmental and social change — literally. The internationally renowned creator of brand identities, books, and more has established a design consultancy, Massive Change Network, that tackles solutions through 24 principles, nine of which will be featured in an exhibition at the PMA.
When: Opening Saturday, November 21
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Body Language and Under the Skin
Nonprofit InLiquid presents two openings on one block, with a group show and solo exhibition. The first constructs narrative through representations of the human body, while the latter breaks narrative down through stark imagery over neutral backgrounds.
When: Friday, November 6, 5-7 and 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Painted Bride Art Center and Engagement Studios, 222-230 Vine Street
• Winds of Change and Migratory Paths
Get up close and personal with artist Deirdre Murphy, with two solo exhibitions spanning her past and recent work. Take an intimate look back at her process at Gross McCleaf, while the lofty space at Urban Outfitters Headquarters dials things back up to the present with new pieces. Birdwatchers, statisticians, travel enthusiasts – there’s a little something for everyone in this artist’s vision of nature formalized through line and color.
When: Opening Wednesday, November 4
Where: Gross McCleaf Gallery, 127 S. 16th Street and URBN, 5000 Broad Street
Strange fiber creatures dwell in glass cases. Through the stitching and looping of Caitlin McCormack, they are imbued with memories of loved ones lost, of former ownership, of fading time.
When: Ongoing through December 12
Where: Paradigm Gallery and Studio, 803 S. Fourth Street
• Andrea Baldeck: Sea Treasurers
Seashells are the ocean treasures everyone can share. Andrea Baldeck celebrates the marine find’s contribution to science, economics, and art.
When: Opening Friday, November 13
Where: Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd Street
• Demetra Tassiou: Unrooting
Demetra Tassiou captures the complex emotions engendered by civil war and religious strife through the simple contrasts of black and white forms. In this way, he confronts harsh reality through abstract symbolism.
When: Opening Wednesday, November 4
Where: 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. Second Street
Check out the last show at Fishtown staple FJORD’s old space. Close out the night with a dance party after the member show reception.
When: Opening Friday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Where: FJORD, 2419 Frankford Avenue