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.
What better way to celebrate back-to-school season than by starting your arts education early?
Sculpture-making demonstrations, historical document investigations, 3D printing sessions and more are just some of the interactive arts offerings available this August.
Do your arts homework with our top picks for art happenings this month.
• Science After Hours: Science + Art
Tuesday, August 11, 7-10 p.m., The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Late nights at the museum take a whole new turn when science meets art. Get analytical, get creative, then juggle both sides of your brain at once as you drink, explore, and investigate your way through cross-disciplinary inspirations. MORE INFO
• Art in Process Game Night!
Wednesday, August 5, 6 p.m., Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
Game nights go from pop culture to culture-chic at PAFA. From board games to Battleship, test your skills in front of painting’s power players, thanks to a backdrop of famous works of art. MORE INFO
• Inside Out at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Through Mid-November, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Replicas of famous works of art are popping up in gardens and on sidewalks near you, thanks to a campaign enacted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in mid-May. Participating Philadelphia neighborhoods include Chestnut Hill, Mount Airy, and East Passyunk. MORE INFO
More events, below.
• First Friday! The Creatives at The Barnes Foundation
Friday, August 7, 6–9 p.m., The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Art inspiring music, music inspiring art. Reverse glass paintings and musical mashups provide First Friday fuel with a performance by Brian LaPann at The Barnes Foundation. A nod to summer’s favorite fruits can be found on the menu, thanks to prosciutto-wrapped peaches. MORE INFO
• Unearthed in the Archives at the Penn Museum
Fridays in August, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Penn Museum, 3260 South Street.
This month the Penn Museum breaks it down National Treasure-style through a series of chats that reveal the mysteries behind history’s documents. In conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Discovering the Impressionists exhibition, the series also features 19th century photography. MORE INFO
• 3D Print Your Own Mini Flamingo
Wednesday, August 12, 6-8 p.m., NextFab, 2025 Washington Avenue.
Tech dreams become reality this summer, as NextFab gives you the chance to work 3D printers, laser cutters, and more. Don’t miss this rare chance to participate in the art of making, beverages included. MORE INFO
• The Structure of Chaos
Opening August 13, Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street.
InLiquid presents an exhibition by Kathleen Shaver, who scrapes through layers of paint to uncover the messiness of emotional communication. Brush strokes become language and gesture, finding meaning in the mess, structure in the chaos. MORE INFO
• My Fair Lady at Muse Gallery
Friday, August 7, 5-8 p.m., Muse Gallery, 52 N. Second Street.
Just you wait, Henry Higgins. Photographer Andre van As presents an exhibition inspired by the Audrey Hepburn transformation from flower girl to flower. Flowers receive the close-up treatment in portraits that reveal the beauty in the everyday. MORE INFO
• Synesthesia at Gravy Studio & Gallery
Opening August 7, Gravy Studio & Gallery, 155 Cecil B. Moore Street.
A nervous Robot doesn’t always signal the end of the world – sometimes it’s just a really great name for a composer. Check out the Philadelphia musician’s collaboration with New York photographer Cana Sarnes, which fills the negative space of landscapes, creating audio-visual satisfaction. MORE INFO
• Sculpture Zoo
Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rittenhouse Square.
Learn the secrets of sculpture with artists Darla Jackson, Stephen Layne, and Colleen Rudolf, who will be performing live demonstrations in the park. Guest goodie bags include a sketchbook, so you can continue your art-making education long after the night is over. MORE INFO