The Rosenbach presents Succession: Why Presidential History Matters Now
A precedent for presidents
No, it’s not the hit HBO series about the backstabbing offspring of a fictional media mogul; it’s the Rosenbach’s look at the real-life succession of our own US presidents—reminders we need today. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
UArts presents Dan Levenson: SKZ Monochrome Classrooms and L’école at the Philadelphia Art Alliance
Schools of imagination and memory
Kicking off the academic year with two uplifting shows about how we communicate, learn, and teach, the Philadelphia Art Alliance at UArts welcomes SKZ Monochrome Classrooms and L’école. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
American Philosophical Society presents Pursuit & Persistence: 300 Years of Women in Science
For centuries, science was not an acceptable pursuit for women. But as a new exhibition at the American Philosophical Society shows, these groundbreaking scientists didn’t get the memo. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Arthur Ross Gallery presents Songs for Ritual and Remembrance
How do we remember?
At UPenn’s Arthur Ross Gallery, four artists consider what shared memory signifies for marginalized peoples, and how they preserve it. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Ancestral memory in materials and art with Adebunmi Gbadebo
Remembering from the root
Interdisciplinary artist Adebunmi Gbadebo speaks on her new exhibit that cultivates materials and arts in the pursuit of remembering and preservation. Robert Margolis profiles.
Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Sonic Presence (or Absence): Sound in Contemporary Art
Fabric Workshop and Museum combines visual and audio elements for its latest show, but this installation fails visitors who want to pay sustained attention to the work. Aaron Pond reviews.
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Previewing a summer of LGBTQ+ Pride art exhibitions
Pride events happening in Philly in June through summer 2023
Jake Foster rounds up eight LGBTQ+ art exhibitions on view this Pride Month from the Clay Studio, Mural Arts, William Way LGBT Center, and more.
University of Pennsylvania presents Minerva Parker Nichols: The Search for a Forgotten Architect
Reconstructing a Legacy
Minerva Parker Nichols was the first US woman to have her own architectural practice. Then she almost disappeared from history. A new exhibition helps to restore her legacy. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Grounds for Sculpture presents Spiral Q: The Parade
Power to the people
Flooding from 2021’s Hurricane Ida destroyed most of the archive from Spiral Q’s 27-year history of community art and advocacy, but enough remains for an urgent and engaging exhibition at New Jersey’s Grounds for Sculpture. Jill Ivey reviews.
The Print Center presents Rodrigo Valenzuela: Workforce
Machines dream in a post-worker world
The Print Center presents Rodrigo Valenzuela: Workforce, a surreal mixed-media exhibition about work, industry, power, and people. Emily B. Schilling reviews.