PennDesign Fine Arts Sculpture Seminar in Group Exhibition at the Meyerson and Morgan Galleries, Opening December 3rd, 5:30pm

The PennDesign Fine Arts Sculpture Seminar is proud to present "Paradiso", a group exhibition featuring work in a range of media in response to Dante's, "The Divine Comedy". The exhibition will feature work by Amy Archambault, Tra Bouscaren, Zoe Chronis, Rachel Eschenbach, Justine Hill, Michael Marfione, Bradley La Mere, Chloe Reison, Tamara Suber, Cristina Tufino, Mary Valverde, and Jessica Vaughn

Opening Reception: Friday, December 3rd, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, December 1st - Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Exhibition on Display in Two Locations:

Meyerson Gallery
210 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Morgan Gallery
205 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Terry Adkins (Graduate Faculty) and Blanche Bruce hold "John Brown Martyr Day Vigil" at the Amistad Gallery, December 2nd, 6pm

On behalf of Terry Adkins and Blanche Bruce's "Riddle of the Sphinx", the Amistad Gallery, Philadelphia will hold a "John Brown Martyr Day Vigil". The Vigil will feature the University of Pennsylvania Drum Line, the Sacred Order of Twilight Brothers, Lone Wolf Recital Corps and special guests.

"Riddle of the Sphinx" is the latest incarnation of Blanche Bruce & Terry Adkins’ ongoing cycle of site-inspired recitals on the abolitionist John Brown. Commemorating the 151st anniversary of his Harper’s Ferry, Virginia campaign, the duration of this recital coincides with the inception of Brown’s October 16th, 1859 raid on a U.S. armory through to his capture execution on that December 2nd at Charlestown. Adkins and collaborator Blanche Bruce explore aspects of John Brown as shepherd, soldier, martyr, and prophet through a muscular communion of video, sculpture, drawings, artifacts and ceremony. "Riddle of the Sphinx" is so named after a chapter in W.E.B. DuBois’ 1909 biography on Brown and the artists Bruce and Adkins have responded specifically to the titanic views and research contained therein.

Terry Adkins and Blanche Bruce are a collaborative that has worked together since 1999, upholding the legacies of immortal figures of the past by reinserting them to their rightful place in the contemporary historical landscape. Under the auspices of the Lone Wolf Recital Corps, their recitals are multimedia events that rely on the potential disclosure of biography, reclaimed materials and recovered actions. He and Blanche Bruce have performed at the Romanian Academy in Rome, The New Museum, P.S.1 MOMA, Black Box Amsterdam, and Project Row Houses in Houston. Terry Adkins was Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts in 2009. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden among others.

Event Date and Time: Thursday, December 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Amistad Gallery
W.E.B. Dubois College House
3900 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Amistad Gallery Hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm Daily
Terry Adkins, Gallery Director

Tadashi Moriyama (MFA '06) in Group Exhibition, the SCOPE Art Show - Miami, Opening November 30th, 3pm

Tadashi Moriyama (MFA '06) will be showing his recent body of work at the SCOPE Art Show - Miami with Bonelli Arte Contemporanea. The SCOPE Art Show, Miami, will present 75 international galleries upholding SCOPE’s unique tradition of solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours, screenings, and special events. The unique SCOPE experience expands this year in partnership with local and international cultural organizations, featuring: film, music, installation and performance. This season, SCOPE and its President & Founder Alexis Hubshman intends to highlight its lead role as creative R+D for a wider audience of taste makers who make art their business. By Introducing artists, curators, and cutting-edge galleries to new international audiences has made SCOPE the most comprehensive destination for the emerging art world. Tadashi's work "revels in the act of creating densely-knit parallel universes that both nod to the physical realities of life in the here and now while also envisioning potential futures where man and machine meld into one, a realm where technology overtakes us, or perhaps makes us whole. His colorful drawings and paintings can be bright and cheery in certain works that seem to celebrate the many facets of life in major urban Meccas, where where rainbow washes and circular blocks of packed housing might reference the artist's native Japan with its much discussed urban density." (Eric C. Shiner, The Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum)

To see more of Tadashi's work, visit http://tadashimoriyama.com

Opening Reception: Tuesday November 30th, 3:00 - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday November 30th - Saturday December 5th, 2010

SCOPE Art Show - Miami
Wynwood Gallery Arts District
3055 North Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33127


Jenny Perlin (Lecturer) in Solo Exhibition at the NADA Art Fair in Miami Beach, Opening December 2nd

Jenny Perlin (Lecturer) will be featured in a Solo Exhibition at the NADA Art Fair in Miami Beach. Perlin will present "LEADS", a film from the Perlin Papers series (16mm, black-and-white, sound, 7:10, 2009) and new drawings inspired by the film. Perlin locates her practice in an archeological space of sifting and discovery; that which film, video, drawing, and photography are useful media in which to present a range of ideas. She works with fragments, detritus, speculation, failures and afterthoughts. Since 1991, Perlin has made over 20 films and videos. Some are live-action, seemingly conforming to a conventional model of documentary filmmaking, and some are stop-motion animations, which she also thinks of as `documentaries´. In each aspect of Perlin's practice, she takes a close look at the ways in which social machinations are reflected in the smallest aspects of daily life. Whether it is copying a receipt from Wal-Mart, a headline from Reuters, or filming documentary-style interviews at the corner store, her interest is in the ways in which the sweeping statements of `History´ affect specific details of human experience.

Exhibition Dates: December 2nd - December 5th, 2010

NADA Art Fair
Galerie M + R Fricke
Booth #708, Richelieu-Room

To see more of Perlin's work, visit http://www.nilrep.net/


Marjorie Van Cura (MFA '02) in Two-Person Exhibition at YES! Gallery, NY, Opening November 18th, 7pm

Marjorie Van Cura (MFA '02) will have work featured in a two-person exhibition titled "Rhythm" with Zoe Pettijohn Schade at YES! Gallery, Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY. Van Cura will also have a new work on view at the backroom of STOREFRONT Gallery in Bushwick Brooklyn. Van Cura's investigation combines graphic, Op-Art aesthetics with invented hybridizations that contain human-animal-mechanical parts. She create these iconic Chimera figures by collaging together digital photographs of various components culled from the internet which then is transformed into the final version of the hybrid and used as a foundation for the specific shapes in her mixed-media paintings. The placement and transfer drawing of each figure by hand builds an image through a systematic process that is unique to each painting. The repetition of shape combined with intense optical color relationships dissolve into a complex pattern and create a visually intense, visceral experience. Van Cura's work stands as both social commentary, informed by several themes of interest that include the origin and genetic make-up of species, the phenomenon of evolution, and issues of identity, alienation, and community in a Digital Age.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 18th, 7:00 - 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, November 18th - Friday, December 10th

YES! Gallery
147 India Street
Greenpoint Brooklyn, NY 11222

To see more of Van Cura's work, visit http://www.marjorievancura.com/index.htm


Fine Arts Lecture Series: David Salle, Thursday November 18th, 6:00pm

Since the end of the 1970's, David Salle has helped define the post-modern sensibility by combining figuration with an extremely varied pictorial language. Salle's radical use of juxtaposition conveys an improvised sense of meaning being made, of things unexpected but necessary. His paintings have been shown in over 100 museums and galleries worldwide, including major exhibitions at the Whitney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MoCA, Chicago; Stedelijk Museum; MoMA, Vienna; Menil Museum, Houston; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Castello di Rivoli; and the Guggenheim, Bilbao. His work is in the permanent collections of museums around the globe.

Although known primarily as a painter, Salle's work grows out of a long- standing involvement with installation art and perfomance. Over the last 25 years he has worked extensively with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas. Their collaborations have been seen at theaters in Europe and America, including The Metropolitan Opera House; The Paris Opera; The Opera Comique; Lyon Opera; Opera Deutsche, Berlin; and La Fenice, Venice. Salle received a Guggenheim fellowship for theater design in 1986 and in 1995 directed the feature film "Search and Destroy", starring Griffin Dunne and Christopher Walken.

Salle is also known as one of the most literate artists of his generation, and his essays and interviews have been published in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs and anthologies.

To see more of Salle's work, visit http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/david_salle.htm

Event Date and Time: Thursday November 18th, 6:00pm

The Institute of Contemporary Art
Tuttleman Auditorium
118 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Paul Komada (MFA '02) in exhibition at Gallery4Culture, Opening November 4th, 6pm

Paul Komada (MFA '02) will be featured in an exhibition titled "knit_art_history" at Gallery4Culture, Seattle. Komado, originally a trained painter needed to morph his medium and method of working, to fit the confines of his living space along with the needs of his young child. Komada learned how to knit (and block), and once he mastered the craft, began creating Modernist compositions out of soft wool yarn. As a young man, the Japanese-born artist became captivated with Modernist art while visiting New York's Museum of Modern Art. Paintings like Piet Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie Woogie" as well as Kasimir Malevich's Avant-garde Supremacist compositions inspired the artist's studio practice. His first works were large-scale geometric paintings in vivid colors. With "knit_art_history", Komada pays homage to his favorite hard-edge abstractions with his newfound fiber medium. The exhibit features one wall hung work referencing the November U.S. Senate election, comprised of one hundred 15 "X15" square parts primarily in red and blue. Other works, knitted to a blanket-like scale, are presented as installations. The exhibition also incorporates a series of related watercolor studies that help the viewer track the artist's transition from paint to fiber.

Paul Komada was also recently recognized at the City Art Walks' Best of First Thursday. City Arts’ Best of Walk Awards were held at Vito's on First Hill on November 4th. Guest judges were Betsey Brock, Communications and Outreach for Henry Art Gallery and Whitney Ford-Terry, Co-curator for Hedreen Gallery.

Paul Komada divided his early years between Japan and the United States. He earned a BFA from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and son.

To see more of Paul's work, visit at www.paulkomada.com.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 4th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, November 4th - Wednesday, November 24th

4Culture Offices
101 Prefontaine PL S
Seattle, WA 98104
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Marjorie Van Cura (MFA '02) in Two Exhibitions in Brooklyn Opening Nov. 18 & 19

Marjorie Van Cura (MFA '02) will have work in a two-person show at YES! Gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Rhythm: Marjorie Van Cura & Zoe Pettijohn Schade will open on Thursday, November 18 and remain on view through December 10, 2010.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 18, 7:00 - 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: November 18 - December 10, 2010

YES! Gallery
147 India Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 12-7pm and Saturday/Sunday by appointment.

Marjorie will also have one new work on view at the backroom of STOREFRONT Gallery in Bushwick Brooklyn.

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 19, 6:00 - 9:00pm.

16 Wilson Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

To see more of Marjorie's work, visit www.marjorievancura.com


Pernot Hudson (MFA '06) in Solo Exhibition at University City Arts League, Opening Nov 12

Pernot Hudson (MFA '06) has a solo show titled soft bigotry for a mercy killing (in two preludes) at the University City Arts League in Philadelphia. The exhibition is a multi-media exploration of the possibilities and impossibilities of perceptual accountability. Conceived of as a factual recounting and reaction to past events, soft bigotry for a mercy killing demonstrates the difficulty in separating fact and one’s emotional attachment. In the artist’s written document of this character’s recounting, it is clear that a traumatic event has taken place, but the reader is unable to define what has actually occurred. This presentation defies a strictly linear documentation of events or understanding as it is still unclear as to the extent to which what is displayed is a personal documentation of current happenings as understood, hence an historical account, or means by which one attempts to reenact for the sake of understanding. The distancing language and academic vocabulary point to a striking vulnerability that is at the heart of these works.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 12, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates: November 12 - December 5, 2010

University City Arts League
4226 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

To see more of Pernot's work, visit www.pernothudson.com


The Speigel Lecture Series: Lauren Greenfield, Thursday November 11th, 5:30pm

The University of Pennsylvania Speigel Lecture Series is proud to present Lauren Greenfield, the acclaimed photographer considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture. Greenfield was named by American Photo as one of the 25 most influential photographers working today; this as a result of her groundbreaking projects "Girl Culture", "Fast Forward" and "THIN". Her photographs deal with issues relating to youth culture, gender identity, body image and the influence of popular culture on lifestyle adaptations and behavior. Greenfield's photographs have been published several times in The New York Times, Time, GQ, and American Photo. Her documentary film, "THIN" (2006) aired on HBO and won numerous awards for its unflinching portrayal of girls and eating disorders. "THIN was awarded the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival, and Grand Jury Prizes at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Jackson Hole Film Festival. The project was featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, and CNN and was excerpted in People Magazine. The "THIN" Book was honored by the 2007 International Photography Awards as well as the Photo District News Annual. In 2009, Greenfield and her husband founded the Institute for Artist Management, an agency representing photographers and filmmakers.

To see more of Greenfield's work, visit http://www.laurengreenfield.com/

Event Date and Time: Thursday, November 11th, 5:30pm

University of Pennsylvania
Meyerson Hall, B1
210 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Fine Arts Lecture Series: Matthew Monahan, Tuesday November 9th, 6:30pm

Matthew Monahan’s work presents a futuristic archaeology. Drawing from a wide range of influences, from Modernist art to ancient totems, Monahan’s ‘artefacts’ are both familiar and strange. Filtering historical mythologies through his own personal system of reference, altered further through the experience of making, Monahan’s work alludes to a contemporary spirituality, where beauty and brutality coalesce as virtual monuments. Nondescript and clunky, the work's plausible function is secondary to their materiality: wax, paper, and plaster take on barbaric forms, their temporal media humorously suggesting timelessness. Their precious value is guarded by an over-sized sculptural ‘shard’. Through his assemblages, Monahan offers a dark mysticism, where material trickery and abstracted form resurrect forgotten primal instincts (The Saatchi Gallery). Matthew Monahan received a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art. He studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and De Ateliers, Amsterdam, and in Japan at the Kitakyushu Center for Contemporary Art. His work was the subject of a solo show at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He has been included in Sonsbeek Sculpture Exhibition, Arnhem; Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Unmonumental, New Museum, New York; Eden's Edge: Fifteen LA Artists, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York. Monahan currently works and lives in Los Angeles, California.

To see more of Monahan's work, visit http://www.mmmonahan.com/

Event Date and Time: Tuesday November 9th, 6:30pm

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Design
B1 Meyerson Hall
210 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Jules Joseph (MFA '09) in Exhibition at Pinion Gallery, Opening Sat. Nov. 20

Jules Joseph (MFA '09) has work in a three-person exhibition titled Transience at Pinion Gallery in Brooklyn. Pinion Gallery is an artist-run gallery located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. The artwork exhibited reflects the working environment and personality that surround the physical space. Automotive and carpentry businesses occupy adjacent buildings with the elevated steel platform of the Long Island railroad progressing down the middle of Atlantic Avenue. Jules will be showing with Matt Miley and David McLeish.

A wide range of new and traditional media are represented from sculpture, drawing, and painting, to new media and performance. The Artwork challenges traditional ideas by promoting skeptical thinking that both dismantle and rebuild recurrently. Those involved are committed to generating honest and challenging dialogue with the contemporary art world and the community by promoting art that challenges those structures and by donating time, money, and positive ideas to local community supporting organizations.

Opening Reception:
November 20th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Pinion Gallery
1265 Atlantic Avenue Suite 2L
Brooklyn, NY 11216


Fine Arts Lecture Series: Rick Lowe, Thursday November 4th, 6pm

Rick Lowe is an artist, architect, urban designer, developer, businessman, and activist who is a catalyst for social outreach for underserved neighborhoods. Lowe’s early founding of Project Row House in Houston’s Third Ward in 1993 became the template for others to follow on how to bring local people together to engage their own creative energies and aesthetic values to produce a “collective expression” to reinstate a community. Lowe’s socially engaged methodology helps individuals excavate talents that they might have either forgotten about or just lost sight of. An example of his progressive thinking can be seen in a recent concept for a series of small businesses that draws on local individual’s abilities—such as homemade cookies and laundry service—and turns them into emerging noted talents and proprietors.

To see more of Lowe's work visit, http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/Public2/USAFellows/2009Fellows/Alphabetically/RickLowe/index.cfm

Event Date and Time: Thursday November 4th, 6pm

The Institute of Contemporary Art
Tuttleman Auditorium
118 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Julia Barbosa Landois (MFA '07) in exhibition at El Paso Museum of Art, Opening November 20th, 12pm

Julia Barbosa Landois (MFA '07) newest installation will be featured in the Border Art Biennial – Bienal Fronteriza de Arte 2010 at the El Paso Museum of Art. Her piece, entitled Tracks, uses a repeating image of altered "tire tracks" printed on the floor and walls, signaling the aftermath of violence.

The Border Art Biennial – Bienal Fronteriza de Arte 2010 is an exhibition that examines and highlights the often under represented, but vital art and artists from the states of the US/Mexico border. Artists from the states of Arizona, Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, New Mexico, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Texas were encourage to apply, of which 43 were selected. This exhibition is a collaborative effort between the El Paso Museum of Art, Museo de Arte INBA de Ciudad Juarez, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, CONACULTA-INBA, the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, Texas, and the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. 2010 Jurors are Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator in the Department of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Itala Schmelz, Director at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 20th, 12:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, November 20th - Saturday, February 13th, 2011

El Pado Museum of Art
Contemporary Gallery
1 Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
Admission to this exhibition is free and open to the public.

To see more of Julia's work, visit http://www.julialandois.com/