Top Picks For Art Exhibitions & Events In Philadelphia This July

Nature photography, a celebration of comic book art and more...

Art exhibitions and events in Philadelphia this month get wild with color, heroism, wildlife and more.

Cowboys roam the streets of North Philly, photographers open up the secrets of exotic locales and colors splash across canvases and comic book pages, all in an exploration of the things that make our world wonderful.

Expand your horizons with our top picks for arts happenings this month.

Wild: Michael Nichols

An owl in the Wild exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of ArtNorthern Spotted Owl in Young Redwood Forest, California, 2009. Michael Nichols, American, born 1952 | Michael Nichols (Courtesy of the artist) © Michael Nichols/National Geographic

Whether scrolling through your Facebook feed or flipping through an issue of National Geographic, the arresting power of a well-crafted nature photograph is difficult to ignore. Now there’s a whole exhibition dedicated to one of the best nature photographers of the modern era, Michael Nichols, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through September 17.

Wild: Michael Nichols

When:Through September 17
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

World Wonders

Immerse the whole family in the wonders of the world during this summer series on Wednesday mornings at the Penn Museum. Attendees can look forward to music, storytelling, puppet shows and more on everything from Aesop’s Fables to ancient Egypt.

World Wonders

When:Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon, through August 16
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

Urban RidersPhoto courtesy ADAGP Mohamed Bourouissa. Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris/London.

This world-famous exhibition, inspired by artist Mohamed Bourouissa’s immersion in a North Philadelphia community, is currently making its U.S. debut at the Barnes Foundation. Urban Riders documents the experiences of North Philadelphia equestrians who’ve revitalized their neighborhoods with a new approach and setting for an old sport.

Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

When:Ongoing through October 2
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

A Mine of Beauty: Landscapes by William Trost Richards

Witness the beauty of three spaces — Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and England — as captured by the soft, nostalgic watercolors of William Trost Richards between 1875 and 1885. The collection comes as a gift from Dorrance Hamilton, a longtime supporter of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts who passed away in April of this year and left behind a legacy of generosity and artistic appreciation.

A Mine of Beauty: Landscapes by William Trost Richards

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

www.pafa.org

Splash Page

Comic book lovers unite for an exhibition that packs a serious punch. InLiquid presents Splash Page, a show with works by local artists inspired by the heroic — and the superheroic — in all of us. Expect canvas cameos by Batman and Darth Vader.

Splash Page

When:Ongoing through July
Where:Vintage, 129 S. 13th Street

www.inliquid.org

Sex Symbol

Feminine symbolism has taken on many forms during different historical periods, but seldom have they been given shape through the choices of individual artists. Now a group exhibition featuring four local artists attempts just that, as each woman takes her varied experiences and personal background and shapes it into a universal symbol of the feminine.

Sex Symbol

When:July 6-30
Where:ARTSPACE 1241, 1241 Carpenter Street

www.1241carpenter.com

See Through

It’s a snippet of the modern American art world. Colorful, textured, varied in medium and expression, the group exhibition at James Oliver Gallery features photography, painting, design, and more.

See Through

When:Through August 12
Where:James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street

www.jamesolivergallery.com

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Fundraiser

It’s hard not to love a night out of tapas and cocktails, but it’s doubly awesome when the cost of that night out goes toward a good cause. Meet local artists and get a sneak peek at the annual Naudain Street Art Collaborative exhibition, all in support of October’s Philadelphia Open Studio Tours.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Fundraiser

When:Friday, July 7, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Art & The Ageless Gardens, 2503 Naudain Street

www.philaopenstudios.org

Color Riot

This July, look forward to an explosion of life and color at the Jed Williams Gallery. A series of paintings by Barbara Mink boldly showcases the colors of the rainbow alongside riotously swirling celebrations of shade and texture.

Color Riot

When:July 7-28
Where:Jed Williams Studio, 615 Bainbridge Street

www.jedwilliamsgallery.com

Tapestry

One of the best features of a group exhibition is the varied perspectives you can see in one space. The latest show at 3rd Street Gallery brings a mix of artists from different backgrounds – architecture and cellular biology, among others – who’ve taken their experiences and translated them into photography, calligraphy, collage and more.

Tapestry

When:July 5-30
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

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