A variety of new exhibits in Philly

The BSR Weekly Arts and Culture Roundup, March 2-8, 2023

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An image of a street corner by the South Philly Barbacoa storefront, a parked van with graffiti, and muted colors and space
Rosa Leff’s new works are featured starting this month at Magic Gardens. (Image courtesy of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.)

New exhibits are coming up this week, gearing us up for spring. Fabric Workshop Museum opens an immersive, experimental sculpture exhibit; DVAA presents a pair of exhibits that have us looking a little closer at the little things in life; and Magic Gardens finds magic with paper and a knife.

Parallel Play and I’ll Carry It For You
March 1-19, 2023
Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street, Philadelphia

DVAA opens two new exhibits this week. The first, Parallel Play by Eleanor Anderson and Morgan Thomas Shankweiler, examines the relationships between work, play, and social discourse through interactive games. Parallel Play seeks to provide “a non-threatening perspective through which to recognize the importance of playfulness within art-making and life in general.”

On the other side is I’ll Carry It For You, a solo exhibit by Krista Dedrick-Lai. Dedrick-Lai’s exhibit explores the fascination of the mundane, particularly as its held by children and the nuance for parents who have so much to navigate through for the sake of their children’s curiosities in a world “that often feels like it is balanced on the edge of societal and climate collapse.” The exhibit features “treasures” from daily life, from beads to broken metal, single earrings, mysterious pieces of plastic, and more. There’s an online shop for the exhibit, as well.

All Hands on Deck
Thursday, March 2, 7pm
Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock Street, Philadelphia

Yes! And… Collaborative Arts brings All Hands On Deck to the stage, showcasing a youthful story of “recently dumped imaginary friends” and a mysterious captain who whisks them away to sail the seas and make mischief wherever they land.

Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
March 2-July 23, 2023
Fabric Workshop Museum, 1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Fabric Workshop Museum presents a new exhibit from artist Henry Taylor, featuring immersive sculptural environments through experimentation. Thirty-foot billowing works draped throughout the space seek to explore “the signifying potential of color and pattern, the complexity and parameters of space, and the historical persistence of oppression.”

All The Right Places: Works by Rosa Leff
March 3-May 14, 2023
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia

Using only a single sheet of paper and a knife, artist Rosa Leff creates intricate cityscapes based on photos she’s taken both at home and around the world in this new display at the Magic Gardens.

First Friday with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Friday, March 3, 6-9pm
Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

The Barnes hosts its First Friday mixer with Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra as part of a series of concerts celebrating Women’s History Month. The event comes with a conversation with composer Anna Clyne, soloist Inbal Segev, and conductor Jeri Lynne Johnson—the first Black woman to win an international conducting prize with the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship in 2005. Folks in attendance can also get early access to the Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember exhibit before it opens to the public.

Saturday, March 4, 10am-3pm
University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Print Consortium hosts its first printPHILLY! print fair with over 50 artists, print shops, collectives, and non-profit spaces that focus on printmaking as a medium. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees can meet with printmakers, discover innovative and traditional techniques around printmaking, as well as purchase original prints.

From Odessa with Love
Sunday, March 5, 2pm
Streaming online

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History invites award-winning journalist Vladislav Davidzon for a conversation and reflection on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on Ukraine’s Jewish community, its contemporary history and future, and stories from the community itself. The conversation will be live on Zoom and is free with a suggested $12 donation.

Wednesday, March 8, 8pm
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

The multisensory event series from World Cafe Live and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts continues. This edition features five musicians and three poets to share their reflections and new narratives through the lenses of women, LGBTQIA+, and BIPOC artists. The lineup includes Salina Kuo, Kendrah Butler Waters, Kirwyn Sutherland, and a virtual performance by ILL DOOTS.

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