10+ Awesome Art Events And Exhibitions Happening In Philadelphia This April

Great exhibitions, lectures, opening receptions and more this month....

This April, explore nature beyond your springtime surroundings from the perspective of a number of artists.

From watercolor studies to abstract expressions, this month’s top exhibitions explore what it means to be surrounded by beauty.

More importantly, a number of events and collections explore what it means for society when beauty is threatened.

Learn to define and defy beauty with the top arts happenings this month.

The Score Is Not the Music at Crane Arts

Have you ever wished you could visualize song? Thanks to the work of artist Melinda Steffy, now you can try. In The Score Is Not the Music at Crane Arts, Steffy translates musical notes into the 12 hues of the color wheel, then uses this color choreography to map out masterworks, charting a course toward understanding music from a whole new perspective.

The Score Is Not the Music at Crane Arts

When:Opens April 13, 6-9p.m.
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street

www.cranearts.com

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

AWC-IMAGE-1---Moran---Big-Springs-in-Yellowstone-780uwBig Springs in Yellowstone Park, 1872. Thomas Moran, American (born England), 1837 1926.

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:Through May 14
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$25, adults; $23, seniors; $19, students and youth; Free, children 12 and under

www.philamuseum.org

Between Wood and Garden at Rodger LaPelle Galleries

Sometimes in contemplating nature, an artist gets closer to the self. The landscapes of Paulette Bensignor interpret and reimagine the wild woods — and the wilder meaning that can be found within them — through abstract means.

Between Wood and Garden at Rodger LaPelle Galleries

When:Opens April 7
Where:Rodger LaPelle Galleries, 122 N. 3rd Street

www.rodgerlapellegalleries.com

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

00_00_00_Sanford_Biggers_02_Suburban_Invasion_(Guess_who's_coming_to_dinnerPhoto courtesy The Barnes Foundation

A collection from 40 international artists comes together in Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie at the Barnes Foundation, examining works from those who take to the street to address contentious issues of all sorts.

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

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

www.barnesfoundation.org

Small Favors: Think Inside the Box

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

When:Through May 27
Where:The Center For Art In Wood, 141 N.3rd Street

www.centerforartinwood.org

1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Travel back 100 years to when the world underwent major political and cultural changes that still impact us today. 1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History includes artifacts like an original draft of the Balfour Declaration, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ judicial robes and more.

1917: How One Year Changed the World at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:March 17-July 16, 2017
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall E.
Cost:Members: Free; Adults: $12; Seniors (65 & up): $11; Youth (13-21 or college ID): $11; Children (12 & under): Free; Active Military (with ID): Free

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Fishtown Pop-Up Opening Reception

Yet another space to celebrate the arts in Philly makes its debut this month. The new gallery will feature both contemporary and vintage works, while this month’s show presents the work of painter Clintel Steed and his explorations and experiences of life as an African-American in the 1970s.

Fishtown Pop-Up Opening Reception

When:April 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where:1311 Frankford Ave

www.inliquid.org

Murray Desner: Illuminations at PAFA

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ArtsPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

A new exhibition at PAFA honors late faculty member Murray Desner. The artist, known for his large-scale works, will be celebrated for his lesser-known forays into small-scale works on paper.

Murray Desner: Illuminations at PAFA

When:April 26-July 9, 2017
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street
Cost:Free with museum admission

www.pafa.org

Art in the Age of Injustice

An exhibition of works curated by Mary Salvante seeks to explore the power of art to interpret challenging times, to express injustice and even to foment change. Through a mix of works including sculpture, photography, painting and more, these artists will explore history, the environment and society.

Art in the Age of Injustice

When:April 5, 6-8p.m.
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

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Preservation of Art and Culture in Times of War at the Penn Museum

Penn MuseumPhoto By M. Fischetti For Visit Philadelphia

In troubled times, the ability to protect beloved cultural artifacts and institutions can present challenging questions. A lecture at the Penn Musuem addresses these challenges, along with possible solutions. The lecture acts as a precursor to the opening reception for the new exhibition, Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq.

Preservation of Art and Culture in Times of War at the Penn Museum

When:April 4, 5-6:30p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:$20

www.penn.museum

Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection

Figurative work can sometimes represent the fullest expression of reality. Twenty-two artists express 22 perspectives on the figure’s ability to represent African-American life and its evolution in art and in society.

Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection

When:Through June 15
Where:La Salle University Art Museum, 1900 W. Olney Avenue

www.lasalle.edu

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