10 Excellent Art Events And Exhibitions In Philadelphia This June

Kick off summer with decidedly historical and Philadelphia-centric flair....

This month’s exhibitions and events explore revolution, politics, and ancient architecture, many with a local twist.

Dive into archives and excavations at the Penn Museum and the Barnes, or scavenge-hunt for street art and other installations both indoors and out.

Get revolutionary with our top picks for arts happenings this month, below.

Archives Exhibition: Cher Matisse

The Barnes FoundationPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

It's not often as an artist that your work gets commissioned while visiting someone else's gallery. But when two forces like Dr. Albert Barnes and Henri Matisse collide, collaboration is inevitable. That's just what happened in the early 1930s, when a series of letters, telegrams, and photos was exchanged between the two men, documenting an intensive project that would secure Matisse's work in the very fabric of the Barnes Foundation, as paintings that would grace the archways of its doors. Now an exhibition recreates their correspondence, fresh from the Barnes' archives.

Archives Exhibition: Cher Matisse

When:Through Monday, June 12
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

Caliban Revisited

Mythological figures still carry power, even in our modern day experience, thanks to their ability to assist us with defining culture, redefining historical perspectives, and reimagining the limits of what we can create both individually and collectively. In a new exhibition at Da Vinci Art Alliance, 15 Latin American artists take on Latin American myth in a multifaceted exploration into its evolution and appropriation.

Caliban Revisited

When:Through Sunday, June 25
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

www.davinciartalliance.org

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition

Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

There’s still a revolution in Philadelphia, growing in the same spaces where the first revolution was born, except this time it's about art and its ability to commemorate and inspire change. In indoor and outdoor spaces around Philadelphia’s Historic District, 13 artists have come together for a pop-up street art exhibition curated by Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner.

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition

When:Through Tuesday, July 4
Where:Various locations, including Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street

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Philadelphia Assembled

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art

It’s the first exhibition of its kind at the art museum, and it’s only just beginning. A series of artwork and events across the city, made by artists, activists, healers, and community members, will challenge what it means to be a member of the City of Brotherly Love. The series culminates in a final exhibition at the museum in September.

Philadelphia Assembled

When:Ongoing through Monday, July 17
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Baggage

We all carry baggage. For some it can be a burden - in life as in airports. For others it can be a ticket to exclusivity, if it's​ stamped with the right brand at the right price point. Artist Dave Tavacol plays around with the concepts of luxury and lifestyle, fashion and faux materials, all centered around the theme of baggage.

Baggage

When:Through Friday, July 21
Where:259 Market Street

www.cfeva.org

SMOOTH: Mangle Boards of Northern Europe & Contemporary Concepts

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

They’re intricately crafted, oddly shaped, and ominously named. The 16th and 17th century mangle boards on display at The Center for Art in Wood are both less – and more – than they appear to be. While their function in early history was merely to serve as boards to smooth out wrinkled clothing, the care and detail that went into their design has ensured their survival beyond the domestic everyday of early homelife.

SMOOTH: Mangle Boards of Northern Europe & Contemporary Concepts

When:Through Saturday, July 22
Where:The Center For Art In Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street

www.centerforartinwood.org

Temporary Stay

Through two- and three-dimensional pieces, artist Kristen Neville Taylor follows the traditional story arc from exposition to resolution. Her pieces, made from vessels of all shapes and sizes, form a visual representation of a story’s ability to carry meaning.

Temporary Stay

When:Through Sunday, August 20
Where:Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street

www.philartalliance.org

Art for the Cash Poor

Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Philly has its fair share of art fairs, but there's something to be said for the vibe of InLiquid's annual Art for the Cash Poor. Part showcase, part beer garden, part live music festival, the family-friendly event has paintings, photography, jewelry, and more available at every price point. The free event takes over the whole first floor space at Crane Arts for the weekend, while the preview party Friday night raises funds for InLiquid and Aids Fund.

Art for the Cash Poor

When:June 17-18, noon-6 p.m.
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street
Cost:Free

www.inliquid.org

Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America

There are great ancient monuments around the world, but there are also great ancient monuments right here at home. A new collection at the Penn Museum introduces audiences to the astounding architectural feats of Native North Americans, taking you back 5,000 years through artifacts, excavation records, and more.

Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America

When:Opens Saturday, June 24
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer

B. Krist For Visit Philadelphia

Artist Honoré Sharrer bucked every trend they threw at her. Already a noted talent by her early 20s, she challenged political conservatism in the post-World War II era, found new ways of working wit and societal critique into the surrealist genre, and left behind a body of work that is as distinct in medium as it is in character. An exhibition of her work at PAFA beginning at the end of June will give you a chance to examine her legacy firsthand.

Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer

When:Opens Wednesday, June 28
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 N. Broad Street

www.pafa.org

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