Visually Fly With Flygirrl: PIFA Visual Arts + Exhibition Picks

Gallery Night: Roots by Lavett B. at Vivant Art Collection
Gallery Night: Roots by Lavett B. at Vivant Art Collection

Visually Fly With Flygirrl:

PIFA Visual Arts + Exhibition Picks

The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is a three week long (April 7 – May 1) festival that has taken over the city. With over 1,500 artists participating and 135 events happening, there is a lot to do and see over the next few weeks. I’m breaking down my top picks for all things visual arts and exhibitions for PIFA.

Gallery Night

April 15

Various locations

This is one night only so make your plans now to be free for the evening on April 15. It’s a special night where 50 galleries across the city participate in the celebration of PIFA and the visual arts. The exhibits will features paintings, photography and more. Light bites are complimentary at all galleries. How fun!  

Insider tip: Check out Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Florcy Morisset’s art gallery Vivant Art Collection for the exhibition Art Noir: Parisian Embrace 

Augmented Reality

Through May 1

Various locations

I found this exhibit to be really exciting! All around the city, you can find life-sized sculptures outside some Philly landmarks, like the Franklin Institute and the steps of The Philadelphia Museum of Art. What’s very cool about this is that you view the sculptures with an app on iPhones and Androids. FInd out how to use the app here.  

Decorative Arts from the Era

Through May 1

The National Liberty Museum

I’m excited to go see this exhibit. I’ve always collected interestingly shaped colored glass. This exhibit shows different glass art and sculptures, along with jewelry and a French Deco purse collection. Also exhibited are photos of heroes from around the world along with the glass to exhibit strength and fragility.

A Celebration of Music

Through May 1

Artists’ House Gallery

57 N. 2nd Street

This cool, fine arts exhibit takes place in five rooms showcasing music in all of its forms. Dance, instruments, DJs and more. Thirty-five artists express their views of music through paintings and sculptures. The art styles and subjects vary but each piece depicts a story of musical harmony.

Free To Be : The Artistry and Impact of African American Artists in Paris, 1900-1940

Through September 4

African American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch Street

This exhibit highlights African Americans seeking artistic freedom in the era of Jim Crow.  The exhibit also focuses on Henry Tanner (painter hailing from PAFA), Paul Robeson (recording artist, athlete and actor), Sidney Bechet (American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and composer) and Josephine Baker (American-born French dancer, singer, and actress). You can even catch showings of four of Josephine’s movies – free with museum admission!


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