Barbara Chase-Riboud, "The Malcolm X Steles"
Katie Grinnan, "Three Headed Lady" and "Ephemeral Sprawl"
A Side Window | Artists Simon Lee and Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation, a “collaborative think tank,” crisscrossed central Asia and the former Soviet Union while making the widely exhibited generative film whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir. Footage and photographs from their travels meditate on space, time, utopia and architecture. This exhibition blurs the lines between cinema, photography and installation. Through Oct. 12, Locks Gallery, locksgallery.com.
Fleisher Wind Challenge | Daniel Gerwin’s playful Undresser shone in this summer’s “In Front of Strangers, I Sing” juried exhibition at the Woodmere, while Ashley Wick’s Nature Is Natural — installed in a dark faux-forest at Marginal Utility — was a splendidly weird meditation on language. In the first iteration of the 2013-2014 Fleisher Wind Challenge, Gerwin’s trompe l’oeil and found-object paintings are exhibited with Wick’s animations and Kay Healy’s screenprints of found and remembered domestic artifacts. Through Oct. 26, Fleisher Art Memorial, fleisher.org.
Three Headed Lady and Ephemeral Sprawl | As a neuroscientist, I really appreciate L.A.-based Katie Grinnan’s sculptural representations of conscious experience. At the Print Center she’ll continue to explore information processing and storage. Sept. 13-Nov. 23, The Print Center, printcenter.org.
The Malcolm X Steles B | Philly-born Barbara Chase-Riboud began taking art classes at the PMA at age 7. Now the acclaimed artist/writer/poet is the subject of a retrospective at the museum. Sept. 14-Jan. 20, 2014, Philadelphia Museum of Art, philamuseum.org.
Pearl Street Block Party | The Asian Arts Initiative’s Pearl Street Block Party features a community furniture-build led by Walter Hood, the eminent landscape architect and urban designer. It also provides the setting for activities organized by Callowhill and Chinatown galleries, the Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels van and installations from AAI’s resident artists. Sept. 28, Asian Arts Initiative, asianartsinitiative.org.
Picture Day | Practice Gallery (co-founded by City Paper’s Annette Monnier) invites every artist and art worker in town to participate in a group photo, elementary-school-style. Oct. 6, 2 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art front steps, practicegallery.org.
Citywide | A far-flung network of collectives drive the Philly arts community. For the Knight-funded Citywide project, more than 20 of these collectives come together. Throughout November, citywidephilly.com.
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