In the galleries: Art picks for October

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Salvatore Ferragamo Evening Shoes c. 1955, Italian, FHCC Purchase. (Photo by Michael J. Shepherd)

With both the leaves and temperatures falling, you may be looking for a sweet escape. Here are some new art picks at local museums and galleries.

Melding past with present is British artist Marcus Harvey’s latest work at Locks Gallery (600 Washington Square South). A collection of paintings on mounted photographs and collaged sculptures comprise “Setting Sons,” an exploration of history and identity. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until Saturday, Oct. 24

Over three centuries’ worth of fashion artifacts, including items from Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior to 16th century Italian velvet, are on display in the Westphal College Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University (3401 Filbert St.), showcasing the parallels between fashion and history. Check it out through Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

27 artists worked to change what defines a print work in this group exhibition at Savery Gallery (319 N. 11th St.). Between wood and laser printing and more, artists explored beyond the traditional means for “Pressure Points,” running Friday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Nov. 20. The gallery’s open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Who would’ve thought particle physics could influence drawings? PAFA alum Mia Rosenthal created incredibly intricate and celestial drawings inspired by her visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, the world’s most powerful particle collider. “Paper Lens” is housed at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (118-128 N. Broad St.) from Saturday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 3. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Paper-cut collages, inspired by Pennsylvania cities Scranton and Philadelphia, are on view starting Saturday, Oct. 10 at FrameWorks Studio and Gallery (2103 Walnut St.). Sites from both cities — which artist Joseph Opshinsky has resided in — are recreated in intricate paper cut outs. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “Here & There” runs until Saturday, Nov. 28

From love and sex to desire and religion, the multicultural history of sex is told in a new exhibition at the Penn Museum (3260 South St.) through 30 different artifacts like Roman pendants, Native American pipe bags and a Micronesian “love stick.” The exhibit runs from Saturday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, July 31. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. (And until 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month.) 

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a group exhibition examining American artistic perspectives on the Wall will be shown at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery (370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford) from Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 13. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (and until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays).

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) collection of still lifes will be broken down into four chronological sections to outline the evolution of the genre in America, starting from the late 1700s through the 1960s. “Audubon to Warhol: The Art of the American Still Life” opens on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and runs until Sunday, Jan. 10. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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