Top Picks For First Friday In Philly This November

Where to hit in Old City and beyond for the monthly arts crawl...

It’s that time, Philly: to celebrate the weekend, arts and urban nightlife as another First Friday arrives in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia on Friday, November 4.

This month’s shows take on artistic collaborations that bring together culinary and visual delights, concrete visions to abstract philosophy and so much more.

Remember, beyond our picks, there’s tons more action on arts corridors in Old City and Fishtown, in particular.

Our picks for what to do on First Friday, below.

Art After 5: Nicole Henry

Explore the art museum by night, as the Great Stair Hall opens up to sound and celebration. Jazz singer Nicole Henry gives the live performance for the evening, evoking the mysterious draw of masterpieces in the dark.

Art After 5: Nicole Henry

When:Friday, November 4, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.philamuseum.org

Symphony of Ambient Forms

She was a rebel even for the sixties. Louise Nevelson, the only female artist to be included in the era’s infamous abstract expressionist circle, will be celebrated in a solo exhibition at Locks Gallery. The show highlights her dexterous use of wood, collage and stacked-box assemblages, while a book signing and talk on November 5 introduces her new biography by art historian Laurie Wilson.

Symphony of Ambient Forms

When:Friday, November 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where:Locks Gallery, S. 600 South Washington Square

www.locksgallery.com

First Friday! Musical Traditions

There are some people who seem to be able to play every instrument on the planet. Ustad Shafaat Khan comes pretty close. A master of both eastern and western musical traditions, catch his live performance at The Barnes, as well as a talk on the book Suffering and Sunset: World War I in the Art and Life of Horace Pippin.

First Friday! Musical Traditions

When:Friday, November 4, 6-9 p.m.
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

www.barnesfoundation.org

Il Tragitto (The Path)

This isn’t your average exhibition of travel photography. While breathtaking photos of Italy are certainly on the menu, the story behind them is much richer. Artist Brian Mengini documents his family’s hometown, over 100 years after his great grandfather severed ties from his Italian roots, seemingly for good.

Il Tragitto (The Path)

When:Friday, November 4, 5-7 p.m.
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

www.inliquid.org

Fantasy

Food and collaboration often go hand in hand when it comes to the art world. Or at least that was the thought that inspired the creation of SOUP Experimental, a gallery in Tallahassee that celebrates all forms of creativity, from visual art to music to cooking and more. Now Metropolitan Gallery 250 brings the Florida gallery’s experimental framework to Philadelphia, in an exhibition that defies distance, geography, and reality.

Fantasy

When:Friday, November 4, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Metropolitan Gallery 250, 250 S. 18th Street

www.metropolitanbakery.com

The Soul of a Young Girl

Ten women artists deal with a difficult problem that comes shockingly close to home: human trafficking in Kensington. Through an ongoing exhibition of thematic artwork, as well as a series of events scheduled throughout the month of November, Old City Jewish Art Center will educate audiences about the victims, while proceeds from all art sales will go towards The Salvation Army’s New Day Drop In Center.

The Soul of a Young Girl

When:Friday, November 4, 5-9 p.m.
Where:Old City Jewish Art Center, 119 N. 3rd Street

www.inliquid.org

Textural Forms: Mi-Kyoung Lee and Will Preman

While the season of the mask is over for most once the month of October strikes midnight, at Snyderman-Works Galleries it’s still going strong through November 19. A sculptural series by Will Preman puts the creepy back in clay, with intensely misshapen imitations of human expression. Mi-Kyoung Lee reworks familiar objects into unfamiliar textural explorations. Together, the two artists dance a fine line between the worlds of known and unknown.

Textural Forms: Mi-Kyoung Lee and Will Preman

When:Friday, November 4, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Snyderman-Works Galleries, 303 Cherry Street

www.snyderman-works.com

Wood, Revisited

Wood may be one of the oldest mediums known to man, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been equally subject to the tech revolution. The Center for Art in Wood explores the effect of technology on wood-making, and how new tools and new techniques have also led to new forms of expression.

Wood, Revisited

When:Friday, November 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:The Center For Art In Wood, 141 N. 3rd Street

www.centerforartinwood.org

Jean Plough: Scattered Dream and Conny Parsons: Recent Work

The random scattering of paint, the random placement of objects, together make up a personal exploration of what it takes to make an artistic series. Jean Plough plays color hopscotch across multiple canvases, while Conny Parsons takes inspiration from the world around her and reworks what she sees into still life-like inventions.

Jean Plough: Scattered Dream and Conny Parsons: Recent Work

When:Friday, November 4, 5-9 p.m.
Where:3rd Street Gallery, 45 N. 2nd Street

www.3rdstreetgallery.com

Stephanie Acosta and J. Soto, Meg Foley, Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Kirk McCarthy, and American Medium Network

It’s an exhibition that has literally everything: performance art, photography, digital art, and more. Each artist, while taking a range of mediums by storm, plays around with the randomness of reality, the permanence of mortality, the difficulty of defining self and others. It’s a study in the elusive concepts that shape our humanity.

Stephanie Acosta and J. Soto, Meg Foley, Kelsey Halliday Johnson, Kirk McCarthy, and American Medium Network

When:Friday, November 4, 6-10 p.m.
Where:Vox Populi, 319 N. 11th Street #3

www.voxpopuligallery.org

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