Embracing the collaborative spirit of the local arts community, Main Line Arts Center brings together more than 35 creative partners for a two-month long exhibition, Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century, celebrating the photograph and its incorporation into digital photography, film, animation, printmaking and game design.
Open for nearly a month, the multi-venue exhibition continues until November 4.
Each of the creative partners hosts one or more exhibits or festivals in conjunction with the Panorama programming with Main Line Arts Center serving as the cornerstone.
Everywhere from Scribe Video Center in West Philadelphia’s Spruce Hill to the Painted Bride Art Center downtown in Old City, out in Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens to Philadelphia’s City Hall, plus many other organizations in and out of the city collaborate for the two months to make more than 60 events happen.
The centerpiece of the exhibition, Modern Utopias, finds its home at the Main Line Arts Center and showcases work by New York’s Marjan Moghaddam, Columbus, Ohio’s Noah Addis and Philadelphia’s own Nicole Patrice Dul.
Each offers their interpretation of modern culture, politics and existential dilemmas through various mediums. Whether via a camera lens, printed images or various digital technologies, questions are asked as perceptions become altered or revealed.
Festival & Digital Art Presentation
Also at the center, the exhibition’s featured event takes place October 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. Panorama’s Festival & Digital Art Presentation aims to feel more like a party or festival than an art exhibit.
The festive atmosphere will feature music and entertainment in an interactive atmosphere with live art created on the spot and food trucks on hand to feed the hungry. The center’s new artist in residency program kicks off at the event with Tim Portluck presenting his site-specific digital piece.
Other artist offerings during the run include Nicole Patrice Dul’s solar plate etching workshop on October 6, Elizabeth Spungen and John Caperton from The Print Center lecturing on a century of print in Philadelphia on October 13 and artistic advisors giving portfolio reviews on October 24.
Check out the festival guide for events, descriptions, locations and costs.