Top Picks For Art Exhibitions And Events In Philly This July

July's art exhibitions and events celebrate culture, politics (the DNC!) and summertime in the city...

July celebrates independence and freedom not only with traditional Fourth of July festivities but also with the citywide Democratic National Convention, set to take place in Philadephia July 25-28.

In Philly’s museums and galleries, too, exhibitions this month highlight the independence and freedom of the city’s artists and art institutions through events, exhibitions and more.

We’re celebrating a readiness to confront serious issues with exhibitions on juvenile detention and the power of the vote, as well as a willingness to kick back and be silly with a ’80s tribute band at the Penn Museum or comic book explorations of science at the Esther Klein Gallery.

Celebrate the arts with our top picks for arts happenings this July.

Donkeys Around Town

To welcome delegates, elected officials and citizens from around the nation to Philadelphia for the DNC, the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention has unveiled Donkeys Around Town, a citywide public installation of 57 fiberglass donkeys representing the 50 states, five United States territories, Washington D.C. and Democrats Abroad.

Donkeys Around Town

When:July 1-September 5
Where:Citywide at locations such as Independence Mall, Union League and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

www.phldnc.com

Intergalactic Geographic Retrospective

Science nerds, unite. An exhibition inspired by comic book art tackles the evolution of the scientific journal, and its future possibilities. 1000 years from now, can we expect science reports that span a galaxy?

Intergalactic Geographic Retrospective

When:Through July 30
Where:Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market Street
Cost:Free

www.inliquid.org

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed at The Barnes Foundation

Photo by Jo Perez for the Barnes Foundation

This summer, the remarkable permanent collection at the Barnes is complemented by Nari Ward: Sun Splashed, a stunning temporary installation of contemporary sculpture and found-object works that would certainly thrill Dr. Albert Barnes, the museum’s namesake and founder.

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed at The Barnes Foundation

When:Through August 22
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, adults; $23, seniors; $10, youth/students

www.barnesfoundation.org

Embracing the Contemporary at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection, a major gift of contemporary art by a pair of Philadelphians who have been inspired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for years.

Embracing the Contemporary at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Through September 5
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Cost:Included in the price of general admission

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Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics

Through more than 100 different works of art, Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics focuses on the themes of protest, humor and portraiture in American art and politics from the 1700s through to the present.

Happiness, Liberty, Life? American Art and Politics

When:Through September 18
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 128 North Broad Street
Cost:Included with museum admission; $15, adults; $12, students and seniors; $8, kids 13-18; free, kids 12 and under

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Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Creative AfricaPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

This summer, artwork from all across Africa fills the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Creative Africa, a major new exhibition of African artwork. The exhibition is made up of five separate exhibits that cover African fashion, photography, architecture, textiles and more.

Creative Africa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Through September 25
Where:Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
Cost:Included in the price of admission

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Seachange

Abstract art had its heyday in the creative scene for 60 years, from the 1930s through the 1990s. Now an exhibition from the permanent collection at PAFA revisits the power of eschewing realism.

Seachange

When:Through September 18
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:Free with admission

www.pafa.org

Philly VOTE

City HallPhoto by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

A nonpartisan display of artwork takes over two floors of City Hall, as arts organizations like CFEVA, InLiquid, ArtWell and more inspire citizens to get out and vote. Philadelphia Dumpster Divers and The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will also have work on hand, reminding voters will environmental issues continue to be important to the upcoming election.

Philly VOTE

When:Thursday, July 7, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, 2nd & 4th floors
Cost:Free

www.creativephl.org

P.M. @ The Penn Museum: The '80s Revenge

When you realize three decades too late that you really loved the eighties, there’s always a tribute band that can solve your nostalgia woes. Put on your John Hughes high school drama best, and rock out to The 80s Revenge, a six-piece ensemble you might remember from Wing Bowl 2016. It’s just one of several summer night concerts this July at the Penn Museum. Catch the others on July 20 and 27.

P.M. @ The Penn Museum: The '80s Revenge

When:Wednesday, July 13, 5 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:Free with museum admission

www.penn.museum

Opening Day at The Oval

The OvalPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

The eye-catching outdoor trail to the art museum returns with more summer programming. While the details for the opening are still under wraps, expect interactive games, workshops, artwork, food trucks and more all summer long.

Opening Day at The Oval

When:Friday, July 15, noon
Where:Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.theovalphl.org

Revolutionary Politics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

If weeks of neighborhood fireworks and barbecues wasn’t enough to get you in the revolutionary spirit, then join the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a tour of our favorite fighting Founding Fathers. Visit Laurel Hill, Woodford, and Cedar Grove for a recap of the fiery arguments, debates, and decisions that shaped early Philadelphia.

Revolutionary Politics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, July 17, 1-4 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free after admission

www.philamuseum.org

Squares and Sweet Tooth

Third Street GalleryPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

In this summer exhibition, two artists tap into their roots through painting and photography, reimagining the treats and toys that influenced their youths.

Squares and Sweet Tooth

When:Opening July 1
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

Juvenile in Justice: End Solitary

InLiquid’s Juvenile in Justice exhibition returns, this time tackling the problem of the solitary confinement of children. In conjunction with recent federal and state legislation on the issue, photography by Richard Ross of juveniles in national detention centers, along with a panel discussion and delegates luncheon, will inform the audience about the long-term psychological effects of solitary.

Juvenile in Justice: End Solitary

When:Opening July 21
Where:Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.freelibrary.org

PoliticalFest

NCCPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

From July 22 to 27, the Democratic National Convention's host committee will present PoliticalFest, a multi-location exhibition celebrating American history, government and the road to the White House. Housed at seven locations throughout Philadelphia, PoliticalFest is a non-partisan display that combines multimedia and interactive displays, historical objects and special events to entertain and engage both residents and convention attendees. The hub of PoliticalFest will be the National Constitution Center (NCC) and its exhibition Headed to the White House, which explores the history and excitement of election season. Additionally, the NCC will host activities and shows including live interviews, political trivia battles and panel discussions. Plus, C-SPAN’s educational bus will be parked outside the NCC for the run of PoliticalFest.

PoliticalFest

When:July 22-27
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street; Pennsylvania Convention Center Hall F, 1101 Arch Street; National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street; Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street; The Philadelphia Library Company, 1314 Locust Street; Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street; Heritage Center at the Union League, 140 S. Broad Street
Cost:$15, adults; $5, kids 18 and younger

www.phldnc.com

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