Top Picks For Must-See Exhibitions And Artsy Events In Philly This March

As winter draws to a close, the warm weather brings out a wealth of new exhibitions and art-centric events.

Spring fever sets in this March, which means the great outdoors is calling. Why not answer with excursions to some of the best gallery and museum experiences that Philly has to offer?

From Picasso to Pop, exhibitions and events this month delve into our past while raising questions about the future. Discuss everything from jazz to the Iraq War, and discover art’s place in our cultural identity.

Investigate our top picks for arts happenings this March.

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change

Pablo Picasso's Still Life with Compote and Glass, 1914–15, on loan from the Columbus Museum of Art for this world-premiere exhibition.Image courtesy 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Gift of Ferdinand Howald

Ever run into a piece at a museum and been surprised to find it was a Picasso? An exhibition at The Barnes explores the shift in the painter’s styles during the World War I era, as he explored both Cubism and naturalism. From paintings to costumes, 50 works have been gathered together from American and European museums as well as private collections, in an elaborate exploration of Picasso’s attempts to deal with the changes in his personal life while simultaneously avoiding the subject of the war.

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change

When:Through Monday, May 9
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.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:Through Sunday, May 15
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Larger Works

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Large works and layers play with your perception at the Painted Bride. Artist John Turner works with paint and stringy materials to create powerful color blocks, lush in texture and luminous to the eye.

Larger Works

When:Through Saturday, March 19
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

www.paintedbride.org

The Boys of Sumer: Discovery in Mesopotamia

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The Penn Museum has an impressive history of archeological investigations. A new exhibition features letters, diaries, drawings and photographs from expeditions dating from the late 1800s to the 1930s, uncovering the treasures of ancient Mesopotamia.

The Boys of Sumer: Discovery in Mesopotamia

When:Opening Tuesday, March 1
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Killing the Cure

Long term solutions to short-term problems is the name of the game at the first curated exhibition at Random Tea Room. With the exhibition closing on March 6, the closing reception is one of your last chances to see a bevy of local artists tackling global issues, like climate change, economic concerns and more.

Killing the Cure

When:Friday, March 4, 6-9 p.m.
Where:The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, 713 North 4th Street, Philadelphia

www.therandomtearoom.com

Ingrained

The opening reception for the current exhibition at gallery space AUTOMAT celebrates the history of a building that has been a crux of the local arts scene for years. A past laced with BDSM and cigars is mapped out on the walls, while the future of the space is written by the presence of its artists.

Ingrained

When:Friday, March 4, 6-10 p.m.
Where:AUTOMAT, 319 N. 11th Street

www.automatcollective.com

Power of Art Hackathon

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Hack the museum with a digital masterpiece of your own making. Thanks to a new project by the art museum, hackers and art enthusiasts are encouraged to join a hackathon challenging participants to create engaging, interactive explorations of the collections.

Power of Art Hackathon

When:March 11-13
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Jazz! Art! A Dialogue about Inspiration

Music inspires art, art inspires music. Celebrate the creative circle with a conversation hosted by the Philadelphia Jazz Project, which features panelists like local painters, composers, jazz photographers and musicians.

Jazz! Art! A Dialogue about Inspiration

When:Sunday, March 13, 4 p.m.
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:$15 for general admission, free for members

www.pafa.org

Social and Studio Conversations: Michael Rakowitz

Artist Michael Rakowitz discusses a project he will be bringing to Philadelphia in September through the Mural Arts Program. The project, A Desert Home Companion, will highlight Rakowitz’s investigations if Iraqi culture and its transformations during the war.

Social and Studio Conversations: Michael Rakowitz

When:Thursday, March 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where:Moore College of Art & Design, 1916 Race Street

www.moore.edu

The Philadelphia Art Scene: In Cyberspace or on the Ground

In the internet-centric world, where everything is just a click away from your fingertips, how does one approach the very intimate experience of viewing art? Rachel Zimmerman, founder of local arts nonprofit InLiquid, expresses the role of real-world and digital space in the Philadelphia arts scene.

The Philadelphia Art Scene: In Cyberspace or on the Ground

When:Thursday, March 17, 7-9 p.m.
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

www.davinciartalliance.org

Defacing Adversity: The Life and Times of Roberto Lugo

Roberto Lugo works the frustrations of early life into the future promise of his creative works. The son of Puerto Rican immigrants in North Philadelphia, the ceramicist draws on his personal confrontations with stereotypes, poverty and civil rights issues through the beautiful expressions of his pottery, melded with graffiti art and historical references.

Defacing Adversity: The Life and Times of Roberto Lugo

When:Opening Thursday, March 24
Where:Wexler Gallery, 201 N. 3rd Street

www.wexlergallery.com

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