10 Can’t-Miss Art Exhibits And Events In Philly This March

Celebrate spring with an array of arts events...

With winter beating an early retreat, March is shaping up to be a “get out and play” kind of month. What better way to celebrate than with this month’s array of arts events?

The exhibitions and events this month draw their inspiration from as far back as ancient Egypt and as recent as the current landscape of Philadelphia.

Step outside and outside your box with the top arts happenings this month.

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The smooth and studied portraits created with watercolor are inextricably linked with America, where the medium first earned its place as an expression of the fine arts. Now a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the artists who got it there: Homer, Sargent and more.

American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Ongoing through May 14
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie at the Barnes Foundation

Did you know that the feeling of wandering through city streets has its own name? Fifty international artists will be celebrating flanerie in all its forms through public performances, scavenger hunts, social media expressions and so much more. Everything comes together in the central display at the Barnes Foundation.

Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie at the Barnes Foundation

When:Ongoing through May 22
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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YO Piranesi! at Da Vinci Art Alliance

Philly has a storied past — and all signs point to a promising future. Now eight artists and architects will seek a way to merge past and promise in the style of Piranesi to give full expression to what the city is and what the city can become.

YO Piranesi! at Da Vinci Art Alliance

When:Ongoing through March 12
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

www.davinciartalliance.org

Of Metal and Light at Gravy Studio + Gallery

The photographic medium is an offspring of chemistry as much as it is of art. Three artists experiment with light, metal, and time itself to capture nature, architecture and historical traditions in surprising ways.

Of Metal and Light at Gravy Studio + Gallery

When:Opening March 3
Where:Gravy Studio + Gallery, 910 N. 2nd Street

www.gravy-studio.com

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box at The Center For Art In Wood

Center For Art in WoodPhoto by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia

The annual Small Favors exhibition returns with a series of works that defy the limits of size and expectation. Artists are asked to contribute works small enough to fit inside a four-inch cube. Since its launch in 2006, the exhibition's small-scale sculptures have introduced fine craft to collectors both new and experienced.

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box at The Center For Art In Wood

When:Opening March 3
Where:The Center for Art in Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street

www.centerforartinwood.org

Libuse Jarcovjakova: trans_fusion at The University of the Arts

The act of creating entails a need for openness and vulnerability. It's a revealing of the self, often of the most secret self. The black and white photographs featured in Libuse Jarcovjakova: trans_fusion do more than just embrace this function of art — they enhance it to the point that rawness itself becomes the medium in an exploration of self and coming to terms with one’s identity.

Libuse Jarcovjakova: trans_fusion at The University of the Arts

When:Closing March 10
Where:The University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad Street

www.uarts.edu

Paul Chan: Pillowsophia at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

It’s a little bit art, a little bit poetry and a lot of discontent. Artist and writer Paul Chan collaborates with Badlands Unlimited, an independent art book publisher, for an exhibition that tackles contemporary issues with moving sculpture. Using unexpected objects in his work (like hoodies and inflatable figures), Chan plays around with the powerful forces of physics and political discourse.

Paul Chan: Pillowsophia at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

When:Opening March 22
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 North Broad Street

www.pafa.org

Fundraiser: Art Education at National Mechanics

The Mural Arts Program looks ahead this month to some pretty big projects thanks to ongoing programs like MuraLAB. But March also sees the start of something new: the first ever silent auction event to raise scholarship funds for graduates of its programs. The event features work by well-known Philly artists, and will be held in National Mechanics — a laidback setting meant for celebrating.

Fundraiser: Art Education at National Mechanics

When:Thursday, March 23, 7-10 p.m.
Where:National Mechanics, 22 S.3rd Street

www.muralarts.org

AIA Evening Lecture at Penn Museum

This month’s evening lecture at the Penn Museum uncovers a little-known facet of the history of Egyptology. The early 20th century was an important moment in the field, as museums first opened up their halls to Egyptian collections. Three black writers — W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey and Pauline Hopkins — leveraged this surge in the cultural studies of ancient Egypt to provide a hopeful framework for racial identity within their own writings, and offered a larger and more varied perspective of the field through their work.

AIA Evening Lecture at Penn Museum

When:Thursday, March 30, 6-7 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

We Fearless Ones at The Hall at Crane Arts

Artist Jessica Doyle takes pastel colors and dark, heavy lines through an exploration of the dichotomies of the self. Taking inspiration from classic psychological and philosophical texts, Doyle explores identity and humanity in her paintings.

We Fearless Ones at The Hall at Crane Arts

When:Ongoing through March 31
Where:The Hall at Crane Arts, 1400 North American Street

www.inliquid.org

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