Carrie Mae Weems' exhibition reviewed in The New York Times, 29 Feb 2008

CARRIE MAE WEEMS (Penn MFA Senior Critic and Visiting Professor)

A Survey
Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street, Chelsea
Through March 8

I don’t know why Carrie Mae Weems hasn’t had a midcareer museum retrospective. No American photographer of the last quarter-century — her first solo show was in 1984 — has turned out a more probing, varied and moving body of work. None has made more adventurous use of the photographic medium, adding performance, film and installation to the serial print format. Ms. Weems has not wanted for institutional attention; but the topographical view that a retrospective offers is missing.

So “A Survey,” her debut at Shainman, will have to do for now. The show takes Ms. Weems’s work back to the early 1990s, with the haunting “Sea Islands Series” of photo-and-text pieces that evoke African-American lives off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. It continues with bits from several mid-1990s projects, among them the extraordinary meditations on the anthropology of race called “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried” (1995). It comes up to date with photographs and videos from 2005-6, made when she was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

All together it’s a lot, too much really for one gallery to comfortably handle, even with a crunched chronological span. The great early “Family Pictures and Stories” is missing and some large series are edited down to an image or two.

Drastic editing is a problem with art as ambitious as Ms. Weems’s, for as often as not its full effect comes from a kind of cinematic accumulation and the variation of images and ideas. The resources of a museum would effortlessly finesse the problem, and transform a tight sampler survey into the expansive and immersive experience it deserves to be.

--HOLLAND COTTER, Art Critic, The New York Times


Slought Foundation: Power Fields: Explorations in the Work of Vito Acconci

Slought Foundation Exhibition | February 15 - March 31, 2008

Reception: Friday, February 29, 2008 ; 6:30-8:30pm
Free admission (Reservation not required)

Curated by Christine Poggi, Meredith Malone
Exhibition Openings Series

For more information www.slought.org


Warren Corlett Selected for Traveling Biennial

Warren Corlett received honorable mention in the 2008 USAO Seven-State Biennial Juried Show at the Leslie Powell Gallery.

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Jules Joseph at The Dubois College House Amistad Gallery

Join MFA candidate Jules Joseph for a opening reception of his recent work at The Dubois College House.

Tuesday Feb 18th, 2008
Dubois College House: Amistad Gallery
3900 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA


ICA Whenever Wednesday: Jerry Saltz & Jeffrey Deitch

From www.icaphila.org:

The Business of Art
Jerry Saltz & Jeffery Deitch

Wednesday February 13th 2008
5:30 PM
Huntsman Hall G06, 3730 Walnut Street

Has money ruined art? Find out as acclaimed critic Jerry Saltz and maverick dealer Jeffrey Deitch discuss the mood, the moment and the marketplace of today's art world. Jeffrey Deitch, a graduate of Harvard Business School, was a Vice President of Citibank's art advisory business before opening his own firm in 1988 and starting Deitch Projects in 1996. Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York Magazine, was the senior art critic at the Village Voice, where he was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

To read more check out Calvin Tomkin's article "A Fool For Art: Jeffrey Deitch and the exuberance of the art market , New Yorker(November 12, 2007) and Jerry Saltz's "Has Money Ruined Art?" New York (October 7, 2007).

The Business of Art is a collaboration between the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. This program has been funded by Christie's, with additional support by The Spiegel Fund.

Location: Huntsman Hall G06, 3730 Walnut Street
Please plan on arriving early as seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Additional seating will be available in simulcast room F95 after 5:30pm.Location: Huntsman Hall G06, 3730 Walnut Street
Please plan on arriving early as seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Additional seating will be available in simulcast room F95 after 5:30pm.

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

Calling all inventors, sculptors, costume makers, rabble rousers, tinkerers, bike geeks, artists and visionaries! We need you to build a Kinetic Sculpture! We are seeking entries and people to start teams for the 2008 Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby. The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD) is a design competition and parade celebrating art and human powered transit. In addition to celebrating, it aims to showcase the splendors of the Kensington area of Philadelphia. Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond are wonderful neighborhoods with many locally owned businesses, involved residents, and a creative atmosphere.

The KKSD was started in 2007 by the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) in conjunction with the East Kensington Neighbors Association's Trenton Avenue Arts Festival. In 2007 over 2000 people came to both events where local artists fashioned human propelled vehicles shaped like alien spaceships, 2 headed eagles, pirate ships and flying pigs; local bands played great music, local restaurants and brewers provided good eats and drinks. It was a downright good time that proved people aren't too busy to create something simply for the joy of it. Please check out our website for photos and more information. We will be hosting this event in MAY 17th, 2008

PLEASE spread the word to people who might enjoy such an opportunity. All inquires can be directed to project manager-
Kathryn Doherty-Chapman at NKCDC 215 427 0350 x 120 kdoherty@nkcdc.org www.kinetickensington.org


MFA Thesis Preview Show at Meyerson Gallery

MFA Thesis Preview Show
February 4th - February 22nd, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, February 8th
Meyerson Gallery Hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Meyerson Hall Gallery
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-8374

Monica Bodnar\Warren Corlett\Rita Crocker
Jamal Cyrus\Gianna Delluomo\ Jamie Diamond
Daniel Gerwin\ Travis Heck\ Deb Hoy\ Leejin Kim
Shanjana Mahmud\ Damon Reaves\ Megan Rogers
Simon Slater\ Ivanco Talevski\ Molly Winston
Anastasia Wong\ Sarah Zimmer

(photo by Rita Crocker, Gloria, Digital Print, 36"x24", 2007)