Top Picks For Amazing Art Exhibits & Events In Philly This September

Get fall off to a great start with these creative art exhibitions...

September starts off strong with exhibitions and events that give the Philly arts scene a global reach.

We recommend going big on arts this fall and making time for them all: Exhibitions feature internationally renowned creatives like Cai Guo-Qiang, Louis Kahn and Michael Nichols, works of art that offer glimpses into far-away places like Cuba and Rome, and events that lay the foundation for the future of Philly art.

Go for art overload with our top picks for arts happenings this September.

Wild: Michael Nichols

Charger | Image courtesy Michael Nichols/National Geographic

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

Wild: Michael Nichols

When:Ongoing through Tuesday, 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.

It’s a world famous exhibition, and it was all inspired right here in Philly. Urban Riders documents the experiences of North Philadelphia equestrians, who’ve revitalized their neighborhoods with a new approach – and a very new setting – to an old sport.

Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

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

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Asynchronist

Cut-paper works seldom cut into reality with such poignancy. A collaborative exhibition between Alex Eckman-Lawn and Jason Chen weaves the depth of personal experience into questions about the passage of time and the fear of physical reality.

Asynchronist

When:Ongoing through Saturday, October 21
Where:Paradigm Gallery + Studio, 746 S. 4th Street

www.paradigmarts.org

A View of One Own: Three Women Photographers in Rome

View Rome through the eyes of three generations of women. A new exhibition at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery tracks the evolution of female photographers as they document and interpret the architecture and experience of traveling through the ancient city.

A View of One Own: Three Women Photographers in Rome

When:Ongoing through December 10
Where:Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th Street

www.arthurrossgallery.org

Notes to Myself

Three artists take the inner chaos of our thoughts and translate them into external order. By using the interplay of languages and layers, pattern-making and textural depth, they express the simultaneous complexity and mundanity of human existence.

Notes to Myself

When:Opening Reception, Friday, September 1, 5-7 p.m.; Exhibition, September 1-October 1
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

www.inliquid.org

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The world-traveling exhibition documenting the career and artistic contributions of master architect Louis Kahn comes to its final stop in Philadelphia. The show includes more than just models and plans of his architectural projects, but the watercolors and drawings he created during his travels.

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

When:Opening Recption, Wednesday, September 6, 6 p.m.; Exhibition, Ongoing through Sunday, November 5
Where:The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street

www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Cuba: Beauty and Sadness

Tucked away on Passyunk Avenue is a gallery space devoted solely to presenting works that reflect and express the Latin American spirit. This month, stop by for an exhibition of photographic works by Sandy Stoltzman, who during a recent trip to Cuba captured its gritty realism and everyday beauty.

Cuba: Beauty and Sadness

When:Opening reception, Thursday, September 7, 6-8 p.m.; Exhibition, September 7-October 8
Where:RACSO Contemporary Arts, 1935 East Passyunk Avenue

www.racsofinearts.com

Future of Art – Breaking the Mold

There’s no question that the arts are a vital part of Philadelphia’s heartbeat. A panel discussion this September at WeWork Northern Liberties is jam-packed with some of the local art scene’s biggest players, in a talk that will address how our creative projects can influence other industries around the city.

Future of Art – Breaking the Mold

When:Thursday, September 7, 6-9 p.m.
Where:WeWork Northern Liberties, 1010 N. Hancock Street

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Reflections: Painting Memory

Each new piece in Elizabeth Osborne’s exhibition at Locks Gallery acts as a miniature retrospective of the painter’s work, drawing on her use of powerful colors and sweeping brushstrokes over the years. It seems only fitting that these pieces also reflect the memories of Osborne’s everyday life, with each painting acting as a vignette into her studio, her home, her family and friends.

Reflections: Painting Memory

When:Opening Friday, September 8
Where:Locks Gallery, 600 S. Washington Square

www.locksgallery.com

What in the World?

Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy Penn Museum

Did you know the Penn Museum once hosted a television game show in the 1950s? Starting this September, you can revisit the old show – which centered around celebrity guests attempting the identify the museum’s artifacts – with an exhibition featuring photos, video clips, and more from the series.

What in the World?

When:Opening Saturday, September 9
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

Philadelphia Assembled

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

How can we reimagine our tomorrow? That's the question that several activists, artists, community members and more try to answer through a series of installations, conversations and events throughout the city at Thomas Jefferson University, the Paul Robeson House and more. Philadelphia Assembled will culminate with a presentation in the museum's Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman building in the fall.

Philadelphia Assembled

When:September 10-December 10
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue

www.philamuseum.org

CraftNOW Fundraising Event

The CraftNOW fundraiser actually brings you inside the studio of Isaiah Zagar. The mosaic wonderland is the work of a decade, and you’ll be able to enjoy it all in one evening. With dinner by chefs from Noord, Ela and more, and drinks by Moore Brothers Wine Company and New Liberty Distillery, it’s a full-sensory experience. Funds raised go towards supporting CraftNOW, which works to promote local handmade works.

CraftNOW Fundraising Event

When:Tuesday, September 12, 6-9 p.m.

www.craftnowphila.org

Big Objects Not Always Silent

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

In this exhibition hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Nathalie du Pasquier uses more than 100 works to juxtapose graphic patterns with abstracted, figurative paintings. The exhibtion also includes an illustrated catalog featuring an interview with du Pasquier, short essays and more.

Big Objects Not Always Silent

When:September 13-December 23
Where:Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street

www.icaphila.org

Monument Lab

Monument LabPhoto by Michael Reali for Mural Arts

It’s an experiment of epic proportions, and it all takes place around the arts in Philadelphia. Involving 20+ artists of local and international renown, and 10 public spaces around the city, the temporary installations address the question of what a monument to the modern era should look like. Each installation will come with interactive options for the crowds to participate in the experiment and leave their comments and ideas.

Monument Lab

When:Opening Thursday, September 14
Where:Various locations including Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

www.pafa.org

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Photo by Jeff Fusco for aPA

The Association of Public Art's exciting new installation Fireflies will temporarily alter the way Philadelphians and visitors see the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at night. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be brighter thanks to 27 illuminated pedicabs. The art is interactive: Participants can hop onboard the free pedicabs to ride on a special route from Sister Cities Park to Iroquois Park. Plus, look for the Parks on Tap Jr. beer garden pop up at Shakespeare Park in front of the Free Library during the Fireflies public art project.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

When:September 15-October 8, Thursday-Sunday, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

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