10+ Brilliant Art Exhibits And Events In Philly This January

A new year means new art shows...

In Philadelphia this month, enjoy a number of exploratory installations on a wide range of topics, including civil rights and world wars.

Throughout January, artists question the tides of history and the inner tides of self while a number of local and international talents are on display.

Defy history with our top picks for arts happenings this month.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography at the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes FoundationPhoto By R. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

In the early 1800s, photographic techniques and impressionistic paint styles emerged simultaneously as methods of expressing urban evolution. Now a salon-style exhibition at the Barnes Foundation explores vintage prints made in the changing landscape of 19th-century France.

Live and Life Will Give You Pictures: Masterworks of French Photography at the Barnes Foundation

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

www.barnesfoundation.org

World War I and American Art at PAFA

PAFAPhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

It's the first major exhibition of artwork created by American artists to cope with — and document — the horrors of World War I. From abstract interpretations of the war's psychological impact on American societies to realistic portrayals of troops in battle, World War I and American Art exhibits work by artists both well-known and unrecognized.

World War I and American Art at PAFA

When:Through April 9
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts , 118-128 N. Broad Street

www.pafa.org

New Variations in Basketry at Snyderman-Works Galleries

Baskets are much more than just the functional vehicle for yummy treats at picnics. Through the use of unusual materials and the interchanging of ideas across cultures, artists have shaped basketry into so much more. The work of 21 artists who defy traditional colors and patterns in the art of basket making will be on display beginning this month.

New Variations in Basketry at Snyderman-Works Galleries

When:Through January 14
Where:Snyderman-Works Galleries, 303 Cherry Street

www.snyderman-works.com

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Paint the Revolution: Mexican ModernismPhoto Courtesy The Philadelphia Museum of Art

How do you visually map the story of a country in flux? It’s a question Mexican artists like Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera tackled from the country's Revolutionary period through both World Wars with vibrant and powerful odes to the individual spirit. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has brought the largest exhibition of Mexican Modernism in 70 years to the U.S.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Through January 8
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Conceive Conmigo at Da Vinci Art Alliance

Traveling alone can be a scary experience, but traveling alone when you have a social anxiety disorder can be an experience so frightening it becomes impossible — even when it’s your dream. Artist Amy Scheidegger’s solo exhibition celebrates a realization of that dream, despite all prior obstacles, with a series of paintings detailing the landscapes and cityscapes of Ecuador.

Conceive Conmigo at Da Vinci Art Alliance

When:Opening January 4
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

www.davinciartalliance.org

Nasty Women at ABD Photography and Gallery

In its debut exhibition, ABD Photography and Gallery invites a group of female artists to address the current political climate. The work on display will explore identity, both personal and cultural, and how women can be at the forefront of shaping it.

Nasty Women at ABD Photography and Gallery

When:Opening January 6
Where:319 N. 11th Street

www.abd-photography.com

Andrea Hornick: Unbounded Histories at the Barnes Foundation

Barnes-night-B-Krist-043-780uwPhoto By B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Andrea Hornick turns the typical museum audio tour on its head with Unbounded Histories, a new sound installation at the Barnes Foundation. Inspired by the masterworks on display in the permanent collection, Hornick has created a series of poems that museum-goers can now experience as they walk through the museum. The poems open up new explorations of old masterpieces, in the hopes of inspiring continued reinterpretation and revitalization of art’s greatest themes.

Andrea Hornick: Unbounded Histories at the Barnes Foundation

When:Opening January 6
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

Unanchored Geometry at Park Towne Place

Nature is full of complex forms. Luckily, so is math. A group of artists explore the geometric patterns in our everyday surroundings and the symbolic meanings inherent in their interpretation.

Unanchored Geometry at Park Towne Place

When:Opening January 11
Where:Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.inliquid.org

How Do I Look? at Da Vinci Art Alliance

An exhibition at Da Vinci Art Alliance follows the fight for LGBTQ rights and the shifting representations of LGBTQ figures and fights, from the ostracization of Oscar Wilde to the legalization of same sex marriage.

How Do I Look? at Da Vinci Art Alliance

When:Opening January 18
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

www.davinciartalliance.org

Ocotillo at Tyler School of Art

An exhibition at Tyler School of Art asks all the deep questions that art loves to ask. From the meaning of history to the meaning of life, a group of artists asks how we make sense of it all – or how we fail to make sense of anything.

Ocotillo at Tyler School of Art

When:Opening January 20
Where:Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street

https://www.temple.edu

Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum

Penn-Museum-780uwPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Let out a wild crow for the Year of the Rooster with the annual celebration at the Penn Museum. Storytelling, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, craft-making events and more bring a mix of art, history and all-day party to this family-friendly event.

Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum

When:Saturday, January 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

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