Archive: March, 2013
Amanda V. Wagner
If you’ve yet to see Lantern Theater’s Henry V, there’s still time to see the classic production.
Dubbed as one of Lantern’s best productions, Henry V, invites audiences to take part in King Henry’s epic conquest of France. Robert Zaller of the Broad Street Review reports that the productions, “Costumes, lighting, and sound are all richly inventive and splendidly integrated, and (fight director) J. Alex Cordaro has done his customarily fine job with the fight sequences. This is first-rate Shakespeare, and great fun."
Tickets, for the theater’s annual presentation of a William Shakespeare play, have been selling out many nights, so reserve yours soon.
This Sunday is Easter and, if you celebrate, you’ve likely already stocked up on white eggs and dyes. But no matter what your religion is, we can all take part in the tradition of decorating eggs this time of year. It’s a celebration that dates back far before Christianity.
On display now, at the Historical Society of Montgomery County, is a collection of hand-painted traditional Ukrainian Easter Eggs. The eggs are on loan from Barbara Makar whose sister painted each egg between 30 and 50 years ago.
“This tradition goes back before Christianity,” says curator Susan Pavlik, “It was originally done by Earth worshipping people.” Decorating eggs was initially a simple celebration of spring and the rebirth of nature.
Amanda V. Wagner
Attention theater geeks and lit-wits alike, Bryn Mawr Film Institute hosts a screening of playwright Jo Clifford’s version of the Charles Dickens’ classic, Great Expectations.
You might have been disappointed with past adaptations of the Dickens’ tale. The novel has been adapted to fit the silver screen––some might recall the 1998 film version staring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke. But fitting the classic for West End or Broadway seemed nearly impossible until the Scottish playwright, Clifford, took on the translation.
The Institute’s screening was originally performed at the Vaudeville Theater in London, England, featuring long-time British actress, Paula Wilcox playing the role of Miss Havisham, and upcoming star Taylor Jay-Davies, as young Pip. The production promises a heart-wrenching and honest portrayal of one of Dickens’ most beloved stories.
Emmett Ramstad's latest show might give you an unnerving feeling. The Philadelphia-based visual artist is known for exploring human bodies, in a way that could make the average person feel uncomfortable.
His latest solo exhibit Intimately Preserved at The John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives Exhibition gallery is inspired by research at LGBT archives in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Bloomington, Indiana. By exploring the idea of “kept objects”, he draws a connection between intimate items and art by displaying them as sculpture, print and hung pieces.
The exhibition reveals how saving particular objects, arranging them in a certain way and disposing of other items marks us as both similar to and unique from each other. Remnants of hair, discarded undergarments and personal scribes adorn the small gallery space, making it an intimate experience in itself.
The show will remain up until this Friday, March 29 2013.
At Rutgers University–in Camden, NJ–a team of art scholars and professors have created a multimedia exhibition featuring the diverse, interdisciplinary works of a painter, a soprano, a graphic designers and an art historian.
from here to there: parallel trajectories features pieces that challenge viewers to create links between diverse works of art–ranging from paintings, to performances to iPads–that explore the idea of a work in progress.
The Rutgers-Camden professors co-curated this exhibit by selecting existing artwork or creating entirely new works themselves.
Painter Margery Amdur, an associate professor of art at Rutgers-Camden, selected works by Janet Biggs, Elizabeth Mackie, David Page, and Jonathan VanDyke that evoke significant change.
Internationally recognized soprano and recording artist Julianne Baird, a distinguished professor of music at Rutgers-Camden, will perform compositions by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. A schedule of public performances accompanies the exhibition, which is free of charge and open to the public.
The exhibition also includes such works as Janet Biggs's 2009 video Vanishing Point, with a soundtrack by Harlem's Addicts Rehabilitation Center Gospel Choir.
Amanda V. Wagner
Philadelphia is known for many things––cheesesteaks, history and all that other great stuff. But one of the city’s most impressive features isn’t nestled in a roll or on the dusty pages of a textbook; it’s in our streets.
Philadelphia is the city with the most murals in the country and, according to The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, it is “the first city in the United States to adopt programs for acquiring and commissioning works of contemporary public art for new development in urban renewal areas,” like the Percent for Art Program.
That’s great and all, but with all this public art floating around, people are bound to have some problems. In this slideshow, you’ll see some of the city’s most controversial and talked about public works of art.
Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station will soon be a provisional home to contemporary artist KAWS’ popular 16-feet-tall traveling sculpture COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH).
The piece was first shown in 2010 in Hong Kong and has made its way to NYC, Atlanta and many other cities. KAWS is best known for his unique take on pop culture and iconic images, with his signature inflated skull and crossbones characters. His style has attracted names like Hennessy, Kanye West, and Livestrong for major national campaigns and products.
The larger-than-life sculpture is a preview of PAFA’s new Sculpture Plinth Exhibition Program, which will open in October of 2013. The fall exhibit will include a new, commissioned work from KAWS, as well as a rotating series of other attention-grabbing sculptures on the façade above the front door of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building on North Broad St. The KAWS installation is the first of a series of yearlong installations on the plinth; details on other artists will be announced in the near future.
Though American constituents have varying opinions on immigration today, it’s unarguably the foundation of our country. Whether you can trace back your ancestry to Ellis Island; are a first generation immigrant; or know a grandfather down the line that came over on the Mayflower, we are a country of immigrants.
The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center examines contemporary immigration through an artistic lens. Un-drawn presents the work of four photographers—J Carrier, Richard Mosse, Xavier Simmons, and David Taylor. Each artist examines immigration differently, from the transportation to a new home to the boundaries established between countries.
Superunknown (Alive in The) is the collection of photographs that make up Simmons’ contribution to the show. “I believe most people from the Americas have ancestors who not that many decades ago migrated via one form of ‘transportation’ or the other and we still to this day have migrants coming to and fro both legally and illegally via a multitude of sources,” says Simmons. “What I am most interested in are the in between spaces... especially as they relate to narrative and index.” Simmons’ photographs capture crowded boats and the ocean—the no-man’s land between countries.