Top Picks For Art Exhibits And Events Hitting Philly This February

February is a month of endless possibility, as romance ignites the air – and artistic aspiration.

Sculptors, designers, painters, and more stretch the boundaries of heart and mind with a range of exhibitions this month. With fundraisers that call attention to loved ones lost, and transformational shows that reimagine the spaces around you, you’ll meet your artistic match several times over.

Let your heart skip a beat with our top picks for arts happenings this month.

Paperscapes

Forget everything you’ve been told: the printed page is not only far from dead, it’s experiencing a rebirth. Four artists push the boundaries – er, margins – of paper, its uses and expressions. By experimenting with the ways in which the medium is both used and seen, they rework the traditional space of the Philadelphia Art Alliance into something extraordinary.

Paperscapes

When:Ongoing through April 30
Where:Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street

www.philartalliance.org

Unbounded Histories

Unbounded HistoriesPhoto courtesy the Barnes Foundation

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.

Unbounded Histories

When:Ongoing through February 19
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Red

While the romance of Valentine's Day is always worth celebrating, it takes a strongly beating heart to keep your love going strong. That’s why this exhibition is calling attention to February as American Heart Month, with a series of works inspired by the color red. A portion of the proceeds from works sold will benefit the American Heart Association.

Red

When:Opening February 3
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

Geistdenkenheit

Every day it seems, artificial intelligence comes one step closer to reality. While it’s a natural leap to ask the question of just how close A.I. will get to the human mind, artist Tyler Kline has flipped this question on its head. With an exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery, he explores the evolution of the human mind when exposed to technology.

Geistdenkenheit

When:Opening February 16
Where:Esther Klein Gallery, 3600 Market Street

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World War I and American Art

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

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

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A Celebration of Life and Generosity: Nick Kripal Scholarship Event

The name of Nick Kripal is well-known within the arts community: as a teacher at the Tyler School of Art, as the owner of the artist studio Crane Arts Building, as an artist himself. His passing in late September sent powerful ripples through the community – ripples that continue this month in the form of a fundraising event in his memory. Join Tyler School of Art for an exhibition and silent auction in support of the Nick Kripal Scholarship.

A Celebration of Life and Generosity: Nick Kripal Scholarship Event

When:Friday, February 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street

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Love Potion #9

Penn MuseumPhoto By M. Fischetti For Visit Philadelphia

If you’re feeling a little heartsick the day after Valentine’s Day, the Penn Museum has the cure. Explore the ancient beliefs and practices of romantic superstition, and then stick around to mix your own love brew.

Love Potion #9

When:Wednesday, February 15, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Visions of The End

Sometimes, reality feels an awful lot like chaos. Luckily, that’s where artists like Eric Toscano and Nikolay Milushev come in. Their colorful paintings rip the darkest elements out of the everyday, and turn them into whimsical windows into another world.

Visions of The End

When:Ongoing through March 25
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

www.inliquid.org

Design Currents: Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, Zanini de Zanine

Design Currents at the Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Artists make art out of their experiences of the world, designers turn the world into art. Collab hosts an ongoing series of exhibitions celebrating modern design at the PMA. This month celebrates the young and up and coming in the field, as the three artists on display take furniture, fabric, and functional creativity to a realm where sleek minimalism meets graceful tradition.

Design Currents: Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, Zanini de Zanine

When:Ongoing through March 12
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Slap-Stick

It’s an exhibition that simultaneously draws on great moments in history, and great moments in Looney Tunes mystery. Cartoonist and artist Matt Freedman transforms the FJORD space into a sculptural and performance place where only the wackiest dreams can come true.

Slap-Stick

When:Ongoing through February 25
Where:Fjord, 1400 N. American Street #105

www.fjordspace.com

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