Sunday, August 30, 2015

Heads Roll Into Center City, Dumplings on the Side

Maybe you noticed a couple of visitors looking over your shoulder in City Hall courtyard. Way over your shoulder. Two large heads - one checkerboard, the other half pink and half blue - appeared there this week, and, despite any signage to help you make connections, we happen to know where they came from and why they're there.

Heads Roll Into Center City, Dumplings on the Side

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Maybe you noticed a couple of visitors looking over your shoulder in City Hall courtyard. Way over your shoulder. Two large heads - one checkerboard, the other half pink and half blue - appeared there this week, and, despite any signage to help you make connections, we happen to know where they came from and why they're there.

The 11-foot-high heads are the work of Jun Kaneko. Eleven of his large-scale sculptures will be on view as part of a city-wide exposition of his work. The Opera Company of Philadelphia's Madama Butterfly in October features his costumes and sets. The Locks Gallery on Washington Square opens a Kaneko show in late September. The Philadelphia Museum of Art's Perelman annex takes on four one-ton dumplings by the artist.

More work by the artist is sitting in the lobby of the Kimmel Center, and under very specific circumstances you might even be able to catch a glimpse. First you have to be lucky enough to find a time when the plaza is open. Then you have to hope a security guard doesn't chase you away, which is what happened to me several times during the summer when I made the mistake of trying to hang out there.

I guess the Kimmel is still afraid it might become a real destination. We couldn't let that happen. The arts might become - gulp - popular.

Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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