Top Picks For Not-To-Miss Art Exhibitions In Philly This February

Fall hard for our top picks of arts happenings this month. 


This February has a lot of chocolate, gold and music in store — and we’re not referring to your plans for the fourteenth.

From pop art to a Phrygian fashion show, venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Penn Museum will be unveiling their February finest.

Smaller galleries boast a more intimate touch, with wildlife and domestic space providing just some of the subjects up for discussion.

Fall hard for our top picks of art happenings this month.

First Friday! Affairs of the Art at the Barnes Foundation

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Take a break from stressful Valentine’s plans and opt for a well-thought evening courtesy of the Barnes Foundation. Complete with live music by trumpet player and singer Jumaane Smith, cocktails and conversation, and mood lighting set to illuminate a masterpiece, romance never had a finer backdrop.

First Friday! Affairs of the Art at the Barnes Foundation

When:Friday, February 5, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, general admission; free, members

www.barnesfoundation.org

Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project

There are few creatures as majestic as the elephant, and few travesties as controversial as the hunting of their tusks. Three artists tackle the reductions in elephant populations with an exhibition of sculptural memorials. Two additional installations on display explore work made from salvaged trees and bark.

Wendy Maruyama: The WildLIFE Project

When:Opening Friday, February 5
Where:The Center For Art In Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street

www.centerforartinwood.org

InLiquid Benefit 2016: Press Play To Bid

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Get ready to place a bid at InLiquid’s Benefit 2016, the annual silent auction that benefits the nonprofit’s arts programming. Friday’s event serves as a Young Professionals Night with a chance to meet, mingle and network with local young and involved Philadelphians. The main event on Saturday erupts into a bidding war over more than 350 pieces of art, theater tickets, restaurant gift certificates and more, while catered food and an open bar keep partygoers going all night long.

InLiquid Benefit 2016: Press Play To Bid

When:February 5-6
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street
Cost:$10, Young Professionals Night; $50, general admission; $85, VIP

inliquid.org

Hand Crafted: Chocolate Tasting

Even without the golden ticket, a candy wrapper containing chocolate is a prize. An event at The Clay Studio with Kym Sylvasy-Neale of The Chocolate Clinic celebrates the magnificence of cocoa bean products of all shapes and sizes, with chocolate samples served on ceramics and paired with beer.

Hand Crafted: Chocolate Tasting

When:Thursday, February 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$35, general admission; $30, members

www.theclaystudio.org

Brown & Brown

PAFA-780uw Two artists who met as students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts are showing together for the first time since the launch of their careers in the '70s. William Brown, a photographer, and Emily Brown, a painter, incorporate words and vistas into their distinct visions of the world.

Brown & Brown

When:Opening Thursday, February 11
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street

www.pafa.org

Very Different Animals

The ongoing renovations of Park Towne Place apartments along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway have included a series of art projects celebrating the location in the Parkway Museum District. Now, a reception and artist talk highlight the permanent collection and a rotating exhibition, which includes more than 100 pieces by local and national artists.

Very Different Animals

When:Thursday, February 11, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.ptpapartments.com

Tasteful Yet Biting

A photography series gets personal at digital arts venue CRUXspace. From videos documenting breakups to explorations of old age and troubled minds, the exhibition confronts uncomfortable spaces.

Tasteful Yet Biting

When:Opening Friday, February 12
Where:CRUXSpace, 700 W. Master Street

www.cruxspace.com

The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum

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The Penn Museum touches on an era of Turkish history and turns it into gold, thanks to an exhibition centering on the reign of King Midas and featuring dozens of ancient artifacts, many of which were uncovered by Penn Museum archaeologists. Lectures, a Phrygian fashion show, mosaics and more shine light on the legend at an opening celebration complete with a Kervansaray-inspired oasis curated by Material Culture. 

The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum

When:Opening Saturday, February 13
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Mushroom Crochet Workshop

Whether you’re foraging through a salad or foraging through a forest, a mushroom find is always a bonus. Two artists, Melissa Madonni Haims and her husband Josh, have turned a long-term love of wild mushrooms into a photographic and crocheted dedication. Learn how to knit together your own love for mushrooms with a workshop taught by Melissa, too.

Mushroom Crochet Workshop

When:Saturday, February 20, 2-4 p.m.
Where:Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, Philadelphia

www.schuylkillcenter.org

International Pop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bright colors and brighter names populate the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a major exhibition on Pop art, debuting this month and remaining on view through May. The sweeping exhibition traces the emergence of the international movement of Pop art from the 1950s to the 1970s — a time period rife with social, political and cultural upheaval — with a display of more than 120 works by such luminaries as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Osamu Tezuka and more. 

International Pop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Opening Wednesday, February 24
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

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