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THROUGH DEC. 22: Final exhibition of the three-part Colored People Time at Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, 118 S. 36th St. (at Sansom St.), Philadelphia. Free admission; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. From ICA's website: "Conceived by Meg Onli, assistant curator at ICA, Colored People Time challenges the traditional exhibitions structure and format to initiate a profound exploration into the banal and everyday ways in which the history of slavery and colonialism permeates the present and impacts the future. Broken into three separate chapters--Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, and Banal Presents--...the exhibition explores how the subjugation of black people in America was not only part of our country’s foundation, but exists within our present moment, and shapes our future. Colored People Time will feature a range of emerging and established artists including Aria Dean, Kevin Jerome Everson, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Carolyn Lazard, Dave McKenzie, Martine Syms, Sable Elyse Smith, and Cameron Rowland."
THROUGH DEC. 31: Bill Viola: Ocean Without a Shore, exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts' Morris Gallery, Historic Landmark Building, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.
THROUGH JAN. 10: Kim Kardashian is Dead! And Other Stories, an exhibition of photographic and filmic works by Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri regarding issues of social justice and human rights, presented by Slought and the SP2 Initiative. Slought, 4017 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For details, visit Slought's website.
THROUGH MARCH 8, 2020: Exhibition, "Designs for Different Futures," Philadelphia Museum of Art. Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibit features drop-in conversations, artists and designers in the lab, and other activities. Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art website for more information and event schedule.
THROUGH JUNE 21, 2020: Exhibition, "Home Is a Foreign Place," The Met Breuer, New York. From The Met's website: "modern and contemporary art from Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Southeast Asia, alongside works by iconic modern American artists from The Met collection ... [the exhibition] explores the meanings of "home" and "place" in our increasingly interwoven globe, whether by necessity or choice. Contemporary art and earlier avant-garde movements of modern art do not have a single origin, nor do they develop in isolation. Since the 1940s, artists have sought new forms of expression as they have lived through culturally transformative events, from devastating wars, social and humanitarian injustices, and mass migration to economic and environmental change. These histories continue to impact and inform the art of our time." Visit The Met website for more.
DEC. 13: Deadline for proposals to The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center for its annual R-CADE symposium, April 23-24, 2020. From their website: "The Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera Symposium (R-CADE) provides funds for hands-on research and creative activity with digital technologies. Accepted panels receive up to $1,000 for the purchase of hardware, software, and other materials. This year's theme is "Repair," and the submission deadline is December 13, 2019. The symposium will feature a full-day workshop led by Darius Kazemi (Feel Train), a keynote presentation by Dr. Lara Houston (Goldsmiths, University of London), and non-concurrent panel presentations.The R-CADE defines ephemera broadly––nearly any digital artifact can be considered 'digital ephemera,' from early videogames like Spacewar! to spam to game consoles to websites like Friendster. Given the pervasiveness of planned obsolescence, there are seemingly infinite technologies that fit the category of “digital ephemera.” Unlike many archives, the R-CADE does not necessarily aim to preserve artifacts, at least not in the traditional sense of this word. Scholars are encouraged to take apart, dissect, and repurpose technologies as they attempt to understand their significance, explore possibilities, and retell the histories of digital technology." For more, visit the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center website.
JAN .17, 6 p.m.: Jasper String Quartet & Friends, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Erich Korngold and Karl Weigl, part of the University of Pennsylvania's “Music in the Pavilion” series. “Music in the Pavilion” showcases international musicians performing from standard concert repertoires as well as premiering works found only in the Kislak Center's collections. The concerts are preceded by brief lectures from eminent scholars and graduate students who offer historic, social and cultural context for the music. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m., the pre-concert talk starts at 6:15 p.m., and the concert at 7 p.m. Registration requested and opens in December. Kislak Center, 6th Floor, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit "Music in the Pavilion."
JAN. 21 THROUGH APRIL 4: We're thrilled about "Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde," curated by Sid Sachs, Director of Exhibitions, University of the Arts, and assistant curator Jennie Hirsh. This sweeping survey will take place in three venues at the University of the Arts and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Sid Sachs led the research and creation of an extensive, searchable database of Philadelphia's avant-garde connections. The "Invisible City" team filmed fascinating interviews with key members of Philadelphia's avant-garde community, including Jim McWilliams, Harry Anderson, John Ollman, Richard Saul Wurman, Mark Campbell, Joseph Rishel, G.H. Hovagimyan, Cynthia Carlson, Joan Kron, Denise Scott Brown, Ruth Fine, David Slovic, Judy Lieb and Diane Burko.
The project is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
JAN. 30: Opening Reception, "Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde," with a performance of Philadelphia's masters, Persichetti, Rochberg and Crumb, by Sue Ann Kahn, flute; Christopher Finckel, cello; and Andrew Willis, piano. Check UArts' website for times, locations, and other programs. Support for the research, development, and presentation of "Invisible City" was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
FEB. 6 - 16: "The Bald Soprano" by Eugene Ionesco and directed by Tina Brock, brought to us by the irrepressible Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia's own theater of the absurd. From IRC: "A reprisal of the IRC's 2017 Fringe Festival Favorite of audiences and critics, back just in time for the election year, making sense of the absurdity for all. A classic for our time, celebrating Philadelphia Theatre Week amidst the wonder of the collection of outsider art at The Bethany Mission Gallery, 1527 Brandywine St., Philadelphia.
MARCH 5 & 6: "Invisible City" symposium, "On Regionalism: Mid-century Art, Architecture and Culture in North America." Keynote address by noted art historian and critic Thomas E. Crow and an exclusive reinvention and performance by Alex Da Corte of the famed Happening, "Chicken," part of the ongoing celebration of the "Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde," exhibition curated by UArts' Sid Sachs. "Chicken" will be performed at Gershman Hall, where it was originally performed by its creator, Allan Kaprow, in 1962.
Check UArts' website for times, locations, and other programs. Support for the research, development, and presentation of "Invisible City" was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
APRIL 10, 6 p.m.: Arcana New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Persepolis: Contemporary Music from Iran, part of the University of Pennsylvania's “Music in the Pavilion” series. “Music in the Pavilion” showcases international musicians performing from standard concert repertoires as well as premiering works found only in the Kislak Center's collections. The concerts are preceded by brief lectures from eminent scholars and graduate students who offer historic, social and cultural context for the music. Refreshments begin at 6 p.m., the pre-concert talk starts at 6:15 p.m., and the concert at 7 p.m. Registration requested and opens in December. Kislak Center, 6th Floor, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit "Music in the Pavilion."
JUNE 11 - 30: "The New Electric Ballroom" by Enda Walsh, directed by Peggy Mecham and brought to us by The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Philadelphia's theater company with the mission to "bring good nothingness to life." The Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3