With so much happening on Philadelphia’s arts and culture scene, we want to make Uwishunu, in conjunction with sister site With Art Philadelphia, your one-stop-shop for all that’s happening with local art.
Every month, we gather our top art picks, featuring exhibits and events at smaller, alternative galleries and art spaces, as well as at the city’s major art institutions.
June is already jammed with summertime activities, from outdoor festivals to open air arts projects and more.
Take turns mingling with the masters and having summer flings with your new favorite emerging artist.
Break out your summertime best for our top picks for arts happenings this month.
• Future Sensations
Through June 6, The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The future is now at The Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Future Sensations, a free immersive exhibition featuring five “ephemeral pavilions,” is on view on the Parkway through June 6. Philadelphia is one of just four cities around the world and the only U.S. city to host this futuristic traveling exhibit, which celebrates the 350th anniversary of locally based Saint-Gobain, a global building materials company that’s been a part of developing such iconic sights as Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors and the Statue of Liberty. MORE INFO
• Fragments and Catacumbis
Opening June 3, 3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street. Living moments and forgotten spaces collide in this dual exhibition at 3rd Street Gallery. Artists Matthew Hall and Nicole Patrice Dul work with sumi ink and mixed media paintings to highlight a narrative of observation played out in people and places. MORE INFO
• Open Source Kickoff
Friday, June 5, 6-9 p.m., Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kicking off an art event has never been so literal, thanks to Mural Arts bringing skateable sculptures to Paine’s Park as part of the Open Source series. Through October, 14 major artists celebrate the city in all its much-loved and much-used beauty with site-specific installations. MORE INFO
• Jocko Weyland: Ski Maps
Opening June 5, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut Street. If you’ve already started complaining about the summer heat, don’t lose your cool just yet. Win it back with the ski map exhibition on view at Fleisher/Ollman. Featuring the work of skier turned painter Jocko Weyland, adventure through purple mountains from the safety of the ground floor. MORE INFO
• Flannelpalooza Chuckoachella
Thursday, June 11, 8-11 p.m., Figment Theater, 1219 Vine Street. Yes, this event is exactly what it sounds like based on its name. It’s a party for all things flannel, grunge rock, and all those other things that make ’90s dreams like Portlandia such a success. Bands, beer and baked goods proved the essential “three-B” background to the artists and jewelers selling their wares between sets. MORE INFO
Many more picks, below.
• The Usable Earth
Opening June 12, Esther Klein Gallery, University City Science Center, 3600 Market Street. Whether you’re more the space-traveling or time-traveling type, explore your inner science geek with an exhibition in sustainability and the human relationship with nature at EKG. Architectural imaginings explore future worlds on Mars and more. MORE INFO
• Young Professionals Night: The Summer Palette
Friday, June 12, 7-10 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Summer brings the color back to the city. And what better way to experience the full spectrum than with a cocktail party at the The Barnes? Mingle with young professionals while taking in the current exhibition, The Order of Things. MORE INFO
• Art for the Cash Poor 16
June 12-14, Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street. InLiquid presents its annual summer sale, a three-day event that celebrates the best that Philadelphia’s creative sector has to offer. Live music, arts vendors, spirit tastings and culinary delights combine in an art-for-all weekend, with work in every medium being sold for under $200. The best part? Friday night’s preview party doubles as a fundraiser for AIDS Fund. MORE INFO
• And Many More
Opening June 17, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street. Graduate school might sometimes put the pain in any artist’s painting, but it also refines technique and helps new artists find a place in the art world. Nine MFA students from PAFA display their work in a response to this newfound freedom. MORE INFO
• First Peoples: A Genetic Detective Story
Thursday, June 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street. It’s survival of the wittiest in an event that covers 200,000 years of evolutionary history. The Penn Museum kicks off the premiere of a new PBS series, First Peoples, with happy hour, a quiz game, and access to the Human Evolution and Making and Unmaking Race exhibits. MORE INFO
• Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting
Opening June 24, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Sometimes it takes a keen eye and sharp business acumen to jumpstart an unexpected artistic style. Luckily for the Impressionists, Paul Durand-Ruel had both the eye and the skills. The work of art dealer Durand-Ruel in championing the emergence of Impressionism and the artists he befriended – including big timers like Monet, Renoir, Degas, and others – will be celebrated in an exhibition at the art museum through September 13. Don’t miss it. MORE INFO