10+ Awesome Art Events And Exhibitions In Philadelphia This August

August is jam-packed with events for art-lovers of all kinds...

Don’t mourn the loss of summer just yet: There’s still a full month of arts activities to enjoy in Philadelphia.

Explore a retrospective of works by master architect Louis Kahn at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, learn the ancient practice of mummy-wrapping with a workshop at the Penn Museum or meet mythological creatures hiding among the mosaics at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Check out our top picks for arts happenings this August.

Dazzling Places & Wild Creatures

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

A perfect accompaniment to the ever-wondrous mosaics at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Dazzling Places & Wild Creatures features works with mesmerizing patterns and even more mesmerizing colors. Mythological creatures come alive in the cardboard creations of Brent Brown, while the geometrical landscapes of Sybil Roe Thompson create a fantastically intricate world for them to explore.

Dazzling Places & Wild Creatures

When:Through September 10
Where:Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street

www.philadelphiasmagicgardens.org

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

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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:Through October 2
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Egyptian Mummy Makers

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

While the pyramids stand as one of the finest testament to ancient Egypt’s architectural prowess, the mummies in the sands below them stand as an equally strong testament to their scientific and medical skills. A workshop at the Penn Museum takes you through the elaborate mummification process, using fabricated, life-like mummies. Part of the museum’s World Wonders summer series, the program is designed for children ages 5 to 13 and their families.

Egyptian Mummy Makers

When:Wednesday, August 9, 11 a.m.-noon
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Jennifer Baker: Northern Liberties

It’s difficult to ignore the impact that the evolution of one neighborhood in Philly can have on the city as a whole. The second exhibition in InLiquid’s Changing Philadelphia series, Northern Liberties follows the transformation of the now-popular hangout spot from the ’80s and ’90s to the present day.

Jennifer Baker: Northern Liberties

When:August 10-September 29
Where:Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street

www.inliquid.org

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

This world-traveling exhibition documenting the career and artistic contributions of master architect Louis Kahn comes to its final stop in Philadelphia at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. The show includes models and plans of his architectural projects as well as the watercolors and drawings he created during his travels.

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

When:August 11-November 5
Where:The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street

www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Food for Thought

One of the best parts of traveling around the world is sampling the cuisines of different cultures. An exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery gives you the chance to explore 30 different cultural cuisines all at once — or at least their still-life representations. In addition, 20 percent of the proceeds from the visually sumptuous show will be donated to MANNA, a nonprofit that delivers nutritional meals to people suffering from long-term illnesses.

Food for Thought

When:August 11-September 1
Where:Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd Street

www.twenty-twogallery.com

A Collaborative Language: Selections from the Experimental Printmaking Institute

If you’ve ever been curious about the process of printmaking, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts gives you a chance to delve into over 60 works on paper as created at the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) at Lafayette College. Given to the museum as a gift from EPI founder Curlee Raven Holton, the works act as a collage of the EPI’s 20-year history working with both students and well-known artists to bring their pieces to light.

A Collaborative Language: Selections from the Experimental Printmaking Institute

When:August 12-November 5
Where:Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

https://www.pafa.org

Nick Fagan: Mourn

A solo exhibition by Nick Fagan, Mourn’s works weave a story about suicide. Each piece recalls a memory of Fagan’s own attempt — or the attempts of loved ones now lost — as they follow the tragic arc of personal confrontation.

Nick Fagan: Mourn

When:Through August 20
Where:990 Spring Garden Street

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Connotations

Featuring work by over 20 artists, Connotations explores words, their meanings and the even deeper meanings that their use can leave behind. Each of the pieces in the show use text-based imagery to study language and its effects.

Connotations

When:Through August 23
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

www.davinciartalliance.org

Left Behind

Imagine being stranded at sea for 15 hours while a storm rages around you and your small boat. That’s exactly what happened to artist Carol Whisker, and ever since, she’s been drawing on the inner strength she found that night to create her large-scale sculptures. The pieces, made from found objects washed up along the seashore, document the fragility of our domestic possessions. The month-long exhibition of Whisker’s work at 3rd Street Gallery will be accompanied in September by a night of poetry and film that documents the equally fragile domestic security of immigrants.

Left Behind

When:August 31-October 1
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

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