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1965 lithograph on cream-colored paper by Ernest Crichlow. It’s a close-up on Black girl’s face behind squares of barbed wire

The Delaware Art Museum and Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. present Afro-American Images 1971: The Vision of Percy Ricks

Fifty years later: Still an essential vision

The Delaware Art Museum teams with Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. to address a 50-year-old injustice with a reimagining of a historic moment in American art. Vena Jefferson reviews.
Vena Jefferson

Vena Jefferson

Reviews 3 minute read
Scene from ‘SOON.’ Actor Ebony Pullum, a Black woman, in a pink shirt & striped pants, talks on the phone in a small kitchen

11th Hour Theatre Company and Prima Theatre present SOON

How soon is now?

In SOON, Nick Blaemire’s new musical, there’s a major climate event on the horizon … so it’s pretty tempting to just stay home and hide out with the 24-hour news cycle. Jill Ivey reviews.
Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey

Reviews 3 minute read
Jasper Johns’s ‘Usuyuki.’ A canvas in nine rectangular segments has wheeling sets of short lines in ever-shifting hues.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror

Explore, perceive, repeat

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in a special companion retrospective with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, explores the circle Jasper Johns creates between artist and viewer. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
A large, complex painting of Black Revolutionary soldiers march in a crowded Philly parade. James Forten watches at center.

The Museum of the American Revolution presents Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War

Glory, grit, and agony

The Museum of the American Revolution presents the first major exhibition of original paintings by Don Troiani, America’s foremost historical military artist. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
10 Koresh dancers in the same pose, on one foot with the other leg pointed up & arms outstretched, blue lights behind them.

Koresh Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary with TikVAH

An opening for hope

Koresh Dance Company looks to the past and the future in world premiere TikVAH, establishing itself as a Philadelphia treasure. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Three male cast members in luxurious costumes stand behind Pierre Jean Gonzalez as Hamilton, victoriously raising one hand

The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus presents Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

Still astounding, and still astoundingly good

Hamilton’s long-awaited 2021 Philly run rocks the Academy of Music. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
A black-and-white close-up film still of Caitriona Balfe and Jamie Dornan slowdancing and smiling at each other.

The 2021 Philadelphia Film Festival presents Belfast, Finding Cousteau, and Storm Lake

Back in person at the Philadelphia Film Festival

After an all-digital event last year, the Philadelphia Film Festival is back in theaters through October 31 with a series of notable new releases, including Belfast, Finding Cousteau, and Storm Lake. Stephen Silver reviews.
Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Reviews 5 minute read
An 18th-century engraving shows a Black 15-year-old with vitiligo, wearing a loincloth and holding an illustrated scroll.

The Library Company presents Imperfect History

To see what we’re missing

For the 50th anniversary of its graphic arts collection, the Library Company looks beyond the images themselves to highlight what is missing—and why. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 4 minute read
9 dancers in a circle around 1 male dancer arch their backs & throw their arms up ecstatically in skin-matching costumes

The Philadelphia Ballet presents The Spark

A new start at the Garage

Following a surprising rebrand, the Philadelphia Ballet’s season opener at the Performance Garage is everything fans expect from the company. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
A black-and-white print of a giant metal machine with arms, pillars, and wheels. It’s outdoors under a partly clouded sky

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are

Pursuing the perfect print

Few people know that master printmaker Richard Benson also had an exquisite body of work as a photographer. The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates every facet of the artist in a new exhibition. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read