Vox Populi, Leap Day writings, Hand Me Downs, and Dolls, Idols, and Ideals

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, February 29-March 6, 2024

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A figure made with black fabrics has four legs, hair, and a tail that gives it a poodle shape, but a human like head

Coming up this week, a few new exhibitions open up at local galleries. Vox Populi opens four new exhibitions that open up unique experiences found in daily life, Fuller Rosen Gallery offers a glimpse at life from a first-generation American born of Iranian and Polish immigrants, and InLiquid Gallery investigates a new world. Then, go outside of the gallery and into the Writers Room Drexel, where an evening of writing arrives in the spirit of Leap Day.

Open Mic: LEAP
Thursday, February 29, 6-7:30pm
Ross Commons, 229 North 34th Street, Philadelphia

The Writers Room Drexel celebrates the leap year with a once-in-every-four-years special edition of Open Mic. The free event encourages you to “be brave and take a leap to share the treasure that’s been hiding in your notebook.”

Dolls, Idols, and Ideals
February 29-April 20, 2024
InLiquid Gallery, 1400 North American Street, Philadelphia

Dolls, Idols, and Ideals features Camden native Kimberly Camp and Philly-based Emilio Maldonado, two Black artists investigating their identity, label, lineage, and how they create their own power while stranded in a “new world.”

Four new exhibitions at Vox Populi
March 1-April 14, 2024
Opening reception: Friday, March 1, 6-9pm
Vox Populi, 319 North 11th Street, Philadelphia

Four new installation-based exhibitions are opening at Vox Populi this weekend with a free opening reception happening this Friday. The exhibitions, Teorías Caseras Sobre Una Isla Flotante, Waste Scenes, Ticker Tape Tedium, and Resounding Thresholds, explore topics of home and identity, labor and estrangement, and the materiality of daily landscapes.

Resounding Thresholds, from the Philly-based Puerto Rican American artist Raúl Romero, is inspired by the transmission and migration of sound and the reimagined origins of instruments. Waste Scenes from Maia Chao and Fred Schmidt-Arenales is a video installation that uses footage from an operation construction and demolition recycling facility to reckon with failed visions of “the good life.” Teorías Caseras Sobre Una Isla Flotante from Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez takes an intimate look at Puerto Rico in the aftermath of a series of earthquakes—mostly through the perspective of and conversations with her grandmother. Ticker Tape Tedium by Lea Devon Sorrentino delves into the mundane tasks that form the fabric of adult life in whimsical and absurd ways.

Hand Me Downs
Through April 14, 2024
Opening reception: Friday, March 1, 6-9pm
Fuller Rosen Gallery, 319 North 11th Street, Philadelphia

A new solo exhibition at Fuller Rosen features the work of Frankie Krupa Vahdani, a first-generation American and child of immigrants from Iran and Poland. Here, she uses vibrant patterns and repurposed materials to create compositions to explore how the social, political, and economic spheres demand silent, emotional labor and conformity.

At top: Kimberly Camp's works can be found at Dolls, Idols, and Ideals. (Photo courtesy of InLiquid Gallery.)

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