Top Picks For Art Events And Exhibitions In Philly This April

With art openings and special one-night events, Philly’s museums and galleries are the place to be this April.

April is a month for rain-showers and for pranksters, but don’t let that be your reason for hiding away indoors. With alternative art forms and exploratory events at local galleries, you’ll have plenty of encouragement to brave both fair weather and foul.

From installations you can skateboard on to swanky dinners in a museum setting, arts-related attractions run the gamut of cultural persuasion — answer your questions about technology, curation, performance pieces and more.

Quench your curiosity with our top picks for arts happenings this April.

Philly Radness: An Interactive Pop-Up Skatepark

Art and adrenaline rushes aren’t usually synonymous, but an installation at Drexel challenges skateboarders to re-approach their interactions with the terrain. A motion-sensitive projection will interact with every trick you can throw at it, so bring your boards and your art appreciation out through May 22.

Philly Radness: An Interactive Pop-Up Skatepark

When:April 5-May 22
Where:Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert Street
Cost:Free

www.drexel.edu

Curator’s Table with C. Brian Rose

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Ever wonder what goes into the selection process for curating an exhibition at an archeological museum? The Curator’s Table at the Penn Museum is your chance to find out in style. Join a dozen era enthusiasts for a curator’s tour of The Golden Age of King Midas, along with a cocktail hour and dinner.

Curator’s Table with C. Brian Rose

When:Thursday, April 14, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$200

www.penn.museum

My Soul’s Shadow

Shadow-puppet theater is more than just the province of childhood sleepovers. An installation piece by Manual Cinema reenacts the life of Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, with musical accompaniment by chamber ensemble, giving the youth-friendly performance art a serious spin.

My Soul’s Shadow

When:Friday, April 15, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$35

www.barnesfoundation.org

Do It Yourself: Participatory Art in the 1960s and 1970s

Art MuseumPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

If the International Pop exhibition at the art museum hasn’t fulfilled your colorful craving for the genre, don’t forget to swing by the Library for an exercise in participatory art. An offshoot of the wider pop movement, art lovers of the 60s and 70s were encouraged to interact with the work on display. Now the exhibition catalogues, books, and photographs they’ve left behind have become art in themselves.

Do It Yourself: Participatory Art in the 1960s and 1970s

When:Through May 13
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.philamuseum.org

Alyson Shotz: Plane Weave

Imagine sculptural forms in the realm of science-fiction, and they might not look too far off than the explorations of Alyson Shotz. Her mediums of choice in her upcoming installation at PAFA are gravity and light, and how these two natural forces interact with the pixelated fabrics she has woven together.

Alyson Shotz: Plane Weave

When:Opening April 20
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:Included in the price of general admission

www.pafa.org

The Shortest Distance Between 2 Points

Photographs have long represented a cross-section of time and space. Artist Laura Krasnow takes the artform’s ability one step further by seeking to define the exact moment of merger through marks and symbols. The film restorationist, who has also dabbles in math and physics classes in her spare time, blurs the line between art and technology in her current show at Crane Arts.

The Shortest Distance Between 2 Points

When:Through May 7
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street

www.inliquid.org

Candy Chang and SWOON on Art and Trauma

Photo courtesy Mural Arts Program

The act of healing is in itself a process of creation, or more specifically re-creation. In a free talk hosted by the Mural Arts Program, artists Candy Chang and SWOON argue for the power of art to serve as a useful tool in confronting personal trauma.

Candy Chang and SWOON on Art and Trauma

When:Wednesday, April 27, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where:The University of the Arts, 401 S. Broad Street
Cost:Free

www.muralarts.org

Black Matter

WP Gallery operates under the somewhat unique mission of taking street art off the streets and into the realm of fine art. Now NYC graffiti artist EKG revisits Philadelphia, two years after his orange tags blazed across the city, for an indoor exhibition of his work.

Black Matter

When:April 9-30
Where:WP Gallery, 1611 Walnut Street

www.worksonpaper.biz

Allowed to Love

Art offers the finest expression we have for commemorating our heroes, thanks to its unique blend timelessness and timeliness. Works by Carolyn Cohen on display at MUSE Gallery play tribute to activists of the LGTBQ movement, through portraits and textual references to their deeds.

Allowed to Love

When:Through May 1
Where:Muse Gallery, 52 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

musegalleryphiladelphia.com

Chromarrhythmia

Wood grain crashes in violent spirals, colors mist over and drift out along a driftwood landscape. The painted wood surfaces of artist Michele C. Kishita draw their inspiration from nature and Hokusai’s woodcuts, merging her inflexible medium with morphing explorations.

Chromarrhythmia

When:Through May 29
Where:Central Tattoo Studio, 171 W. Girard Avenue
Cost:Free

www.centraltattoostudio.com

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