Swiftly as a Thought, Entre Dos Palmas, Embodied Sound and The Earth Has A Fever

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, July 4-10, 2024

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Mixed media image, a person holds a mask that has a TV still image embedded in it to their face, various images behind them
Laura Camila Medina, still from ‘Caras vemos corazones no sabemos’, 2023. (Image courtesy of Fuller Rosen Gallery.)

It’s Fourth of July, which means that there’s probably a good chance you might be taking it easy this holiday weekend. If so, consider these upcoming events happening around the city to draw you outside of the house without demanding too much of your energy and (mostly) keeping you cool indoors. Exhibits from Black Moth Gallery, Cherry Street Pier, Fuller Rosen Gallery, and Da Vinci Art Alliance bring us more than just narratives around independence but self-discovery and cultural exploration. A First Friday mixer mixes it up with a local Philly saxophonist, and interactive summer concerts across the river in New Jersey keep the music pumping throughout July.

To your independence, Philly!

Swiftly as a Thought
July 1-31, 2024
Black Moth Gallery, 18 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

Black Moth Gallery hosts a selection of artist Katherine Fraser’s large scale paintings, which “depict moments of quiet reflection and insight, of wonder, vulnerability, yearning, determination, humility, strength, and growth” and all of the tensions opposing emotions bring to a single facial expression.

Phantastic Phibers
Friday, July 5, 5-8pm
Cherry Street Pier, 121 North Columbus Boulevard

Swing by the Pier this weekend for a free opening reception of Phantastic Phibers, a collaborative exhibition that uses industrial, fiber optic, hyperbolic, puppetry, and non-traditional textiles to transform the pier into “a nautilus full of suspended materials” including recycled electronics, bicycle parts, a nine foot tunnel, a cursed sweater, enormous weavings, a tower of electrical cord baskets, giant fish, deconstructed silks, and (of course) sea monsters.

Entre Dos Palmas
July 5-August 11, 2024
319 North 11th Street, Unit 3-I, Philadelphia

Fuller Rosen Gallery opens a new exhibit from Angélica Maria Millán Lozano and Laura Camila Medina this week. Entre Dos Palmas takes their new and recent work to bring viewers on a journey from the shadowy mountains of Bogáta, Colombia to the sea level shopping plazas of Orlando, Florida. With both Lozano and Medina having been born in Colombia and then having relocated to Florida as children, the collaborative exhibit serves as a dreamy, nostalgic cycle of reverse culture shock as they combat “the monolithic assimilation machine.”

First Friday: Hiruy Tirfe
Friday, July 5-6, 6-9pm
The Barnes, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Saxophonist and Philly native Hiruy Tirfe will headline the Barnes’ monthly First Friday mixer this weekend. Art, live music, cocktails, and light fare are set for the evening affair, and it includes access to the first-floor collection of galleries, including Matisse & Renoir and Visions. Student discounts are available, too!

Opening reception for Embodied Sound and The Earth Has A Fever
Saturday, July 6, 4-7pm
Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street

DVAA is holding an opening reception for a pair of exhibitions running through July. Embodied Sound is a solo exhibit from Julie Woodard, who uses her long-standing textile art practice to explore themes of loss, the search for hope, our relationship to place, and the things we carry. Interweaving found materials and heirloom scraps to create a visual vernacular for her music, the exhibition features mixed media works that demonstrate new explorations of scale, materials, and dimension.

The Earth Has A Fever uses a variety of printmaking techniques to create an immersive exhibition that aims to change the conversation around the climate crisis by approaching it from a place of feeling.

Both exhibits run from July 5-21, 2024. DVAA’s other exhibits, Sound and Vision and Speck Series are also still on display this summer (though Speck Series concludes next week).

Outdoor summer concerts at Perkins Center
Every Tuesday in July
Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Highway, Moorestown, NJ

Every Tuesday this month, the Perkins Center opens the outdoor floor for a free concert featuring local musicians of international backgrounds and styles. The family-friendly events each invite guests of all ages to learn dances and movements to the live music. While you might have missed their first edition which featured Balkan style music, this coming week features Celtic style music, featuring McDermott’s Handy and Philadelphia Ceili Dancers. A Filipino night and a South Jersey Jazz showcase round out the second half of the month.

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