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All events listed below for March and April are canceled or postponed, and cultural venues are closed in support of the worldwide effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). During this time, there is much to see and enjoy on many of the venues' websites. PASC wishes good health to all.
TEMPORARILY CLOSED: THROUGH APRIL 4: Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde, curated by Sid Sachs, Director of Exhibitions, University of the Arts, and assistant curator Jennie Hirsh. Cancellation details here. This sweeping survey will take place in three venues at the University of the Arts and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Opening reception: Jan. 30, 5 to 7 p.m., at UArts' Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia. Programs from March 12 onward have been cancelled. Galleries are closed. For more information, please visit the Invisible City website here.
Sachs led the research and creation of an extensive, searchable database of Philadelphia's avant-garde connections. The "Invisible City" team filmed 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.
CLOSED. THROUGH APRIL 10: Exhibition, Writing Across Genres: African American Women Writers in the Joanna Banks Collection, University of Pennsylvania's Kamin and Goldstein Family Galleries, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 1st and 6th floors. African American women of the late twentieth century explored Black cultural and intellectual traditions through novels, poetry, cookbooks, children’s books, music, sermons, art, and more. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by appointment--contact 215.898.7088 or email@example.com. Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance). ALL PENN LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED AND EVENTS ARE CANCELED.
CLOSED. THROUGH APRIL 16: Exhibition, Seamless: Craft-based Objects and Performance Practices, Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University Camden. Guest curated by Cheryl Harper, the three artists, Angela Ellsworth, Caleb Weintraub, and Stephanie J. Williams, practice performance/video in addition to their object-making. Opening reception is Sunday, March 8, from 2 to 4 pm, and will feature the debut of a new performance by Ellsworth starting in the Stedman Gallery and ending in the Black Box theater.
MET MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED. THROUGH JUNE 21: 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.
CANCELED: APRIL 2, 6 p.m.: Poetry Discussion; 7:30 p.m.: Reception. "An Evening of Poetry with Prof. Daisy Fried and Invisible City Poetry Award Winners" at the Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. Fried discusses the work of Philadelphia poet C.K. Williams (1936-2015), followed by a poetry reading by the winners of the Invisible City Poetry Competition inspired by the exhibition and C.K. Williams's oeuvre. Free; registration is requested. Cancellation details here. Support for the research, development, and presentation of "Invisible City" was provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
CANCELED/POSTPONED: APRIL 2, 8 p.m.: Ars Nova Workshop presents mssv (Main Steam Stop Valve) and Bana Haffar. mssv is guitarist Mike Baggetta, drummer Stephen Hodges and punk legend Mike Watt. A record release celebration for “Live Flowers” (Striped Light Records), from last year’s Ars Nova-produced performance at Johnny Brenda’s. Haffar explores sonic transformation into new forms and synthesized experiences; she is co-founder of Modular on the Spot, a monthly outdoor synth happening that began on the Los Angeles river and now takes place around the world. You must be 21 to attend. Ruba Club, 416 Green Street, Philadelphia. Details and tickets here.
CANCELED/POSTPONED: APRIL 6, 8 p.m.: Ars Nova Workshop presents unique solo performances from guitarist Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), violinist Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and tenor saxophonist Travis LaPlante (Battle Trance). Ruba Club, 416 Green Street, Philadelphia. Details and tickets here.
CANCELED in accordance with University COVID-19 guidelines. 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. 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