10 Not-To-Miss Art Exhibitions & Events In Philadelphia This October

Enjoy majorly creative art exhibitions and events this month...

The October arts scene in Philadelphia means big events and major exhibitions — and all of them are worth seeing.

Seek out citywide installations and events like Monument Lab, DesignPhiladelphia and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, celebrations of a century during Parkway 100 and warriors of clay from 2,000 years ago.

Celebrate the arts in Philadelphia with our top picks for arts happenings this month.

Monument Lab

Monument LabPhoto courtesy 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:Through November 19
Where:Various locations including Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

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Philadelphia Assembled

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:Through December 10
Where:Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue

www.philamuseum.org

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

Photo courtesy The Franklin Institute

One of the greatest archeological finds in recent history makes its way over to the Franklin Institute this month. Ten of the famous terracotta warriors—life-sized figures of clay built over 2,000 years ago to stand guard over the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor—are on exhibit through March 4. A special AR experience, accessible through a downloadable app, will allow you to interact with each of the soldiers on display, uncovering the fascinating history of their time period, and the scientific processes it took to build and preserve them.

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

When:Through March 4, 2018
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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International Archaeology Day

It’s a whole day dedicated to archaeology, the field that brings us access to the world’s hidden wonders. Get a rare chance to see the behind-the-scenes action that goes on at archeological sites the world over, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Penn Museum’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials. You’ll also be able to dig a little deeper into the newest exhibition at the Penn Museum, Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America, by meeting curator Megan Kassabaum.

International Archaeology Day

When:Saturday, October 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

www.penn.museum

A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

Did you know that the Academy of Natural Sciences was the first museum ever to display a dinosaur skeleton? Discover these and other surprising facts about the museum and its construction with a special Parkway 100 exhibition that highlights its past and future evolution.

A Peek at the Past, A Look Toward the Future

When:October 4-10
Where:The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.ansp.org

DesignPhiladelphia

DesignPhiladelphiaPhoto By M. Edlow For Visit Philadelphia

Taking place each fall, DesignPhiladelphia is the largest and oldest festival of its kind in the nation, with 120 events representing 400 nationally recognized designers. Venues all over the city will host exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations to highlight architecture, fashion, furniture, multimedia and urban planning.

DesignPhiladelphia

When:October 4-14
Where:Various locations including the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street

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Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

One of the most eye-catching aspects of a walk along the Parkway is the architecture of the buildings that line it. Paul Cret is responsible for a few of those buildings, as well as the Barnes Foundation and Arboretum in Merion, PA. An exhibition at the Barnes through March 12 highlights a series of letters and photographs that passed between the architect and Dr. Barnes.

Paul Cret and Dr. Barnes

When:Opening October 18
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.parkway100.org

Where the Children Sleep

Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman spent the last two years capturing the intimate moments of refugees in seven countries, contextualizing their stories and struggles. His series of 22 photos portrays the children of refugees while they sleep – in camps, in fields and by the roadside. To tell the larger story behind the photos, the American Swedish Historical Museum will also be showing Portraits of Migration: Sweden Beyond the Headlines, which includes 20 photos of refugees in Sweden. Also showing on the museum lawn, "better shelter," designed by the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, portrays a dignified and safe solution for refugees seeking shelter. Join the Museum for the opening on the 21st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where visitors will be able to learn how to help from local refugee aid groups.

Where the Children Sleep

When:Opening October 21
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue

www.americanswedish.org

Configuration

Taking inspiration from common implements like cookware, artist Nicholas Kripal built human existence into layered patterns of clay. On display at Park Towne Place Apartment Homes, the exhibition highlights the importance of the objects we live with every day. As part of the Parkway 100 series of exhibitions, which emphasizes the history of the Parkway through its people, Configuration hits very close to the heart of this celebration.

Configuration

When:Ongoing through April 29
Where:Park Towne Place , 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.parkway100.org

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Taking over two weekends every October, POST gives participants a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of Philly artists. In 20 neighborhoods around the city, the doors of artist studios and cultural organizations will open from noon to 6 p.m. This self-guided tour gives intimate access to an astounding array of local talent, and all for free.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

When:October 7, 8, 14 & 15
Where:Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street
Cost:Pay as you go

www.philaopenstudios.org

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