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September 2016

Exhibition and Events picks and News, curated just for you

Our Picks for September are selected by Artblog Guest Editors, Amanda Wagner and Julius Ferraro of the online arts publication, Curate This 
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Rise Peacock courtesy of Kitchen Table Gallery

Rise Peacock

Reception: Saturday, September 3, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition runs September 3 - September 30, 2016 

Kitchen Table Gallery 1853 N Howard St. Apt. 2
  • Kitchen Table Gallery is great space that’s not afraid to display daring work. Rise Peacock’s September exhibition of stark minimalist sculptural objects should fall right in line with the compelling art showing at KTG. 


Reception: Saturday, September 3, 5 - 9pm
Exhibition runs September 3 - September 25, 2016 

Little Berlin 2034 Coral St.
  • Anytime food and art meet we’re excited. “Villus is an international group art exhibition with a focus on food and boundary.” If that doesn’t sell you, each of the participating artists will host a meal during each Saturday of the month. LB member Will Owen curated this exibition – he’s known for the Fung Wah Biennial, held on Chinatown buses between New York and Philadelphia and Baltimore, which also involved food and boundaries. 

Digital Fringe

Reception: Friday, September 9, 5 - 8pm
Exhibition runs September 3 - September 30, 2016 

Crux Space 700 W Master St.
  • Over the last couple of years the FringeArts Festival has built up what they’re calling Digital Fringe: “shows” and art that happen exclusively online.  This year CRUXspace, Philly’s only all new-media art gallery, is bringing a selection of Digital Fringe pieces into the physical realm. And guess what: it’s free! 


John Bezark, Jenny Kessler courtesy of Cat Bezark

Friday, September 9 - Monday, September 12

Cellophane by Mac Wellman
Created by Jenny Kessler and John Bezark

2040 Christian Street
Tickets Required
Purchase Tickets Here
  • Mac Wellman’s experimental language theater is enchanting, compelling, challenging - everything Julius wants in performance. It’s also, until now, not made it to Philadelphia, and Cellophane is as extreme as it gets. This production exposes language for the witchcraft it is, part communication tool and part obstruction to understanding.
Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 24

Speculum Diaries
Irina Varina

1fiftyOne Gallery + Art Space
3312 Kensington Ave
Tickets Required
Purchase Tickets Here
  • The new space for 1fiftyOne gallery, way out in Kensington this time, is launching with this performance by the talented, funny, and remarkably present Irina Varina. Varina's piece is billed as a “solo about longing,” but the last time we saw her perform she delivered an angry song directly to her own vagina, so expect anything.
Saturday, September 17 - Tuesday, September 20

Explicit Female
Zornitsa Stoyanova

Black Box Performance Space at Vox Populi Gallery
319 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor
Tickets Required
Purchase Tickets Here
  • Zornitsa’s radical, unflinching experimentation in choreography, video, and presence makes performances like this unmissable. Not to shamelessly self-promote, but she wrote a super-interesting piece for Curate This about the changes to her body, art, and life which childbirth brought around. This performance takes that same concept on from many different angles.
Wednesday, September 14 - Sunday, September 18

Nichole Canuso Dance Company / Early Morning Opera

140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Tickets Required
Purchase Tickets Here
  • One of Julius’ first, really memorable Fringe shows was Nichole Canuso’s Wandering Alice. This show not only blew his mind but ruined “immersive” work for him by being truly interactive and engaging. He’s drunk up everything she’s presented in Philly since then, and now there’s this piece, performed with the incomparable Geoff Sobelle on the other side of the stage.
Thursday, September 8, 6 - 10pm

Unlisted Closing Reception

Icebox Project Space
1400 N. American St.
  • Unlisted is a thoughtfully curated art fair with 13 “booths” representing local galleries, curators, and artists, organized by David Dempewolf and Yuka Yokayama of Marginal Utility in collaboration with Tim Belnap and Ryan McCartney of the Icebox. It’s well worth a walk around and perhaps even a purchase.
Curate This is a digital platform for artists to define and drive the conversation about the arts in Philadelphia. This month co-founders Amanda V. Wagner and Julius Ferraro share their September picks with us. To find out more about Curate This follow them @curatethisart and listen to the recent podcast interview Artblog did with Amanda and Julius here.
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