20 in 2012 Vision
Pentimenti Gallery enlisted 16 visual artists to help celebrate its 20th year using traditional anniversary colors — emerald and/or white. Highlights include Mark Khaisman’s packing-tape renderings, Hadieh Shafie’s intricate Farsi-based works on paper and abstract color-meisters Steven Baris and Kevin Finklea.
Sept. 15-Oct. 27, Pentimenti Gallery, pentimenti.com.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s participatory installation lights up the Parkway, via passers-by who download the accompanying app.
Sept. 20-Oct. 14, Ben Franklin Parkway, openairphilly.net.
October First Friday
Philly’s always-burgeoning art scene makes a strong case for itself in the many galleries that reside on the second floor of the Vox Pop building: James Sham’s wry videos at newcomer Practice Gallery, Alexis Granwell’s large-scale copperplate etchings at Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Jeanne Jaffe’s T.S. Eliot-inspired “Four Quartets” at Marginal Utility.
Hidden City’s Lee Tusman’s installations and photographs emerge from a deep knowledge of, and affection for, Philly’s ins and outs.
Oct. 5-28, Little Berlin, littleberlin.org.
The Print Center’s retrospective of Edna Andrade’s geometric prints wow for their eyeball-bending precision and Andrade’s brilliant color sense. A companion show at Locks Gallery includes gorgeous color studies as well as fragmented renderings of Fairmount Park.
Through Oct. 13, locksgallery.com; through Nov. 17, printcenter.org.
In the wake of Pennsylvania’s recent voter-ID laws, the Painted Bride’s group show “Papeles: Are We What We Sign?” has arrived right on time, exploring the relationship between documentation and identity through the eyes of 12 Latino artists.
Through Oct. 21, Painted Bride, paintedbride.org.
Dancing Around the Bride
This major PMA exhibition explores interactions between Marcel Duchamp and composer John Cage, dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham and visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Performances of Cunningham’s dance and Cage’s music within the museum’s exhibition space? Pretty spectacular.
Oct. 30-Jan. 21, Philadelphia Museum of Art, philamuseum.org.
If his recent show at Marginal Utility and the free-for-all, open-call adventure of “It’s a Small Small World” in NYC are any indication, the art-world skewerer’s triumphant return to Philly will be sly, energetic and a critical must-see.
Dec. 6-Jan. 19, Fleischer-Ollman, fleisher-ollmangallery.com.
Also in our Fall Arts Guide:
- A local teacher talks to Tony Danza about teaching in the city's public schools.
- Frank Furness designed PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building on North Broad in 1876.
- Fall Arts Guide: Rock/Pop
- Fall Arts Guide: Theater
- Fall Arts Guide: Jazz
- Fall Arts Guide: Dance
- Fall Arts Guide: Classical
- Fall Arts Guide: Roots