Top Picks For Art And Exhibits In And Around Philadelphia This January

The new year starts with a number of exciting exhibitions and art-themed events at top museums.

January’s exhibitions give you the chance to fulfill your travel resolutions early, with shows that highlight work as faraway as Russia, India and China. You’ll have opportunities to venture back in time, too, through pieces that date back to the 1500s.

On your journey, stretch the boundaries of your intellectual explorations through the perusal of redacted documents, ancient battlegrounds and personal evolution, all existent in this month’s realm of themes.

Here our top picks for art happenings this month.

Deann Mills: Welcome to My World

Artist Deann Mills is inspired by feelings on all levels, which comes through clearly in her work. From the emotional content created through her daily experiences to the visceral feeling of working with oil paint and canvas, she opens up her personal perspective to a larger audience.

Deann Mills: Welcome to My World

When:Through January 31
Where:Muse Gallery, 52 N. 2nd Street

www.musegalleryphiladelphia.com

Form and Void

Body Graphics, an Old City tattoo parlor and art space, is displaying the work of one of their own this month. Artist, tattooer and musician Evan Void brings his flash designs and paintings as stationary examples of an otherwise temporal, portable artform. 

Form and Void

When:Now Open
Where:Body Graphics Inc, 30 S. 2nd Street

www.bodygraphics.com

Mannequin

It doesn’t take a romance flick with Kim Cattrall to recognize the stylish and slightly disturbing appeal that mannequins hold for the window-shopping crowd. In this exhibit, 30 Philadelphia-area photographers approach and interpret the sometimes faceless, always expressive, figures that adorn your local shopping mall.

Mannequin

When:Opening January 6
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

www.davinciartalliance.org

Post-Apologetic

An exhibition at AUTOMAT turns the subjective into its subject. Paintings on display will play around with clunky frames and Sunday still lifes, tickling the border between questionably tactful and unapologetically aware. 

Post-Apologetic

When:Opening January 8
Where:319 N. 11th Street

www.automatcollective.com

Young Professionals Night: Into the Blue

Winter blues needn't always be frowned upon, especially when they come in shades of vibrant Matisse and thoughtful Picasso. Mix and match with the masterpieces as you walk your own little blue dress through the works of the collection.

Young Professionals Night: Into the Blue

When:Friday, January 29, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

Destination China: Single Squares

Military insignia or portable art? You decide at an event at the Penn Museum highlighting the embroidery that once decorated the uniforms of officials in Imperial China. Included with admission is a tour of military history as well as a chance to collage your own badge.

Destination China: Single Squares

When:Sunday, January 10, 1-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

RedAct and Ladies Night

The Crane Arts building in Kensington is home to a variety of special events and exhibits including RedAct and Ladies Night this January.Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

A picture speaks a thousand words, but visual renderings of redacted documents can often say a whole lot more. Artist collective TangenT explores issues of privacy, truth and information control in an exhibition that will feature performance, projection, artifacts and more. Also on display, Ladies Night by painter Cathleen Cohen who works with women in re-entry through community organization People’s Paper Co-Op.

RedAct and Ladies Night

When:Thursday, January 14, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street

www.cranearts.com

Fate Shifts Shapes

Get all your culture in one night as the opening reception for an exhibition at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center includes art, poetry and performance. Individual struggles, the conservative Russian experience and fate collide through the collaborative efforts of four creatives. 

Fate Shifts Shapes

When:Thursday, January 14, 5:30-8 p.m
Where:Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 North American Street #103

www.philaphotoarts.org

Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection

This month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a special tour that centers around the artwork of India.Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Get a peek inside the royal courts of northern India in this eye-opening exhibition of drawings spanning from the 1500s to the 1800s. Exploration into themes surrounding battle scenes, popular religious stories and love are all touched upon within the collection.

Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection

When:Through March 27
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Peculiar Velocity

Sometimes art imitates science, as is the case with an exhibition exploring art education at PAFA. Featuring work by students from the years 1992 to 1999, the works on display examine the relationships, influences and gravitational attraction created by this tight-knit academic community. 

Peculiar Velocity

When:Through April 3
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street

www.pafa.org

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