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.
October is the month for heavy-hitting events in the visual arts scene, with citywide celebrations like Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, DesignPhiladelphia, and Panorama, among others. Networking events and lecture series round out the month with educational and entrepreneurial offerings.
Fall for festivals with our top picks for art happenings this month.
• Mia Rosenthal: Paper Lens
Can you find the universe in a piece of pizza? If so, then Mia Rosenthal’s drawings of small-scale representations of the large-scale universe are just your slice. Inspired by her recent visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, the exhibition is part of a series that explores making the invisible visible.
When: Opening Saturday, October 10
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
• Chester County Art Association Founders Exhibition
Pay homage to Brandywine School icon and Chester County Art Association founder N.C. Wyeth this fall at West Chester’s Chester County Art Association. Thanks to loans from The Hill School and Westtown School, 17 paintings by the prolific American artist and illustrator will be on view this month, with lectures and sketch sessions scheduled to accompany.
When: October 10-18
Where: Chester County Art Association, 100 N. Bradford Avenue, West Chester
• Audobon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life
The still life is so much more than a bowl of fruit. The art museum revamps a familiar genre by into some of its more unfamiliar movements: describing, indulging, discerning and animating objects. In addition, the exhibition highlights Philadelphia’s impact on the still life’s historical evolution.
When:Opening Tuesday, October 27
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Young Professionals Night: Haute Metal
The Barnes takes bling to the next level with its always-excellent young professionals night in celebration of two iron-clad exhibitions: Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musee Le Secq de Tournelles, Rouen and Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting. The evening includes after-hours access to the collection and encourages dressing to the theme.
When: Friday, October 23, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Drink and Dig
While even a normal evening of networking can be mentally and physically challenging, the Penn Museum kicks it up a notch with series of archeological challenges. Cocktails and coworkers make way for an Indiana Jones-style escapade complete with games, tours and more.
When: Wednesday, October 21, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
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• Panorama 2015: Image Based-Art in the 21st Century
Spearheaded by the Main Line Art Center, Panorama is the first festival of the photographic image to hit multiple venues across the city. With exhibitions, lectures, and more at Main Line and a number of partner arts organizations, snap into the worlds of photography, animation, printmaking, film, and game design.
When: Through November 4
• Philadelphia Open Studio Tours
Ever wondered what goes on inside the elusive artist studio? If you’ve never toured the citywide open studios in October, you’ve got two weekends to give it a try. The extensive listing of studio visits being offered is broken down by neighborhood on the POST website.
When: October 3-4, 17-18
• DesignPhiladelphia 2015
The Philadelphia Center for Architecture partners with 150+ organizations for another roundup of programming celebrating the city’s impact on design. This year’s theme, Shift, tackles urban identity and landscape, and how a shifting skyline can be the bar graph that maps the evolution of a city’s attitude.
When: October 8-16
• Exhibitions at Park Towne Place
If you think you’ve seen everything the Parkway has to offer in the realm of the visual arts, give a glance in the direction of Park Towne Place. The newly renovated apartment complex is revamping its image as a destination-spot, with a freshly-acquired permanent collection of installations, rotating exhibitions of work by local and international artists and programming in place for POST and DesignPhiladelphia.
Where: 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
• Enchanted Forest
It’s galleries gone wild with a solo exhibition by photographer Amie Potsic. Her installation pieces will be transforming the upstairs space of James Oliver Gallery into an ecologically engaging and environmentally intimate garden.
When: Opening Saturday, October 24
Where: James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street
• Open Source: Free License
As part of the Mural Arts Program’s Open Source project, it’s the lecture on intellectual property to end all lectures. Street artist Shepard Fairey and Rich Miner, co-founder of Android and Google Ventures, lead the conversation. Huge!
When: Thursday, October 15, 8:30-10 a.m.
Where: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 1100 Canal Street