Marc Blumthal (MFA '10) in Group Exhibition at the Woodbury Hollywood Gallery (WUHO), CA, Opening Thursday April 14th, 7pm

Marc Blumthal (MFA '10) will have work featured in a group exhibition titled, "2D3D-2: Drawing in the Post-Digital Age" at the Woodbury University School of Architecture Hollywood Gallery (WUHO) in Los Angeles, California. Drawing is a major and parallel mode of expression for many of today’s progressive architects. The gallery thus proposes "2D3D", a comprehensive annual exhibition of architectural drawings. Please join the Blumthal and additional artists for this special event.

"Architectural drawings have a variety of uses: to instruct, inform, indulge, confuse, confirm, congratulate and console. The most worthwhile are those that undertake these essential architectural tasks on behalf of the producer rather than the consumer. When this is the case, which is rare, then such drawings do indeed become an integral part of the architecture they portray rather than a cypher for thoughts translated elsewhere, and by other means."
-Cedric Price

To see more of Blumthal's work, visit http://www.marcblumthal.com/

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14th, 7:00 - 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, April 14th - Sunday, May 1st

Woodbury University School of Architecture
Hollywood Gallery (WUHO)

6518 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90029


Fine Arts Lecture Series: Mika Rottenberg, Thursday, April 21st, 5:30pm

The Penn Design Fine Arts Lecture Series is pleased to present a lecture by video installation artist, Mika Rottenberg. Rottenberg's latest work, "Squeeze" (2010), presents an uncommon and unsettling vision of art and commerce that is mirrored in the uncommon and potentially disorienting museum experience she creates for viewers. To reach the video, one must travel a mazelike installation. This physical passage offers a through-the-rabbit-hole journey into an alternate art space in which impossible and uncanny events transpire, serving as an architectural symbol of the absurdist approach with which Rottenberg produces serious commentary on current social conditions.

To create her short films, Rottenberg typically pursues an idea through drawings that give free rein to her imagination. Next she begins the careful casting process to find real people (instead of trained actors) who will interact with her mazelike, sculptural installation. She collaborates with a team of carpenters, engineers, and other assistants to build the environment or film set. Even before the construction is complete, she works with her characters in the space—almost as objects or motion studies—filming them and tailoring each compartment to fit their behaviours and unique corporeal features. Rottenberg makes feminist art decades after feminism was legibly defined. She makes seriously political art that is preposterously funny. She documents reality, but spins it into narrative fiction. With "Squeeze" (2010), Rottenberg hones these signature tactics, creating a video installation that is both humorous and unsettling.

Mika Rottenberg was born in Buenos Aires in 1976, and holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (2000) and an MFA from Columbia University (2004). She lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; La Maison Rouge, Paris; KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin; and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. Her work has been exhibited in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; the Tate Modern, London; Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao and New York); The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Uncertain States of America: American Art in the Third Millenium (multiple venues, 2005-2006). In March 2011 she will have a monographic exhibition at de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam.

To learn more of Rottenberg's work, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/26/arts/design/26galleries-MIKAROTTENBE_RVW.html

Event Date and Time: Thursday, April 21st, 5:30pm

Morgan Building
205 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
*Once you enter the building the lecture will be in the room immediately to your right.


Nathlie Provosty (MFA '07) in Group Exhibition at Fowler's Gallery, Brooklyn, Opening April 23rd, 6pm

Fowler Arts Collective is pleased to present "Fist City", an exhibition of abstract paintings by EJ Hauser, Logan Grider, Matt Phillips, and Nathlie Provosty (MFA '07).

A fist is the hand’s best attempt to organize itself. More often than not, our attempts to create order and meaning only remind us of how lawless and mysterious life actually is. What does the inside of your closed hand even look like? "Fist City" is not just a place; ...it is a community and a credo. Hands reaching out to grasp, touch, and configure the entropic. When words become too elusive and you have to take matters directly into your hands, you have entered "Fist City". Titled after the infamous Loretta Lynn song of the same name, "Fist City" embodies the bold, take-notice attitude of Lynn’s lyrics. The artists in "Fist City" are engaged in a rigorous investigation of abstraction and all the different forms it can take. The exhibition is a collaboration between the artists: self-directed and independently organized with the support of Fowler Arts Collective. In addition to paintings, the artists have produced a limited edition broadsheet that will accompany the exhibition.The artists live and work primarily in New York City and Philadelphia. Fowler is a new gallery and studio collective located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn founded by Cecelia Post (MFA '09).

To learn more about Fowler and this exhibition, visit http://www.fowlerartsbrooklyn.org/.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: April 23rd to May 7th, 2011

Fowler Arts Collective Gallery
67 West Street, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 6:00pm or by appointment

Francesca Pfister (MFA '07) and Stefania Luciani Binnick (MFA '87) in Exhibition at the Consulate General:Italy, Philadelphia, Opening April 28th, 6pm

Francesca Pfister (MFA '07) and Stefania Luciani Binnick (MFA '87) will have work featured in a Group Exhibition titled, "The Unity of Italy and USA: A Bridge of 150 Year". Curated by Shara Wasserman, the exhibition will hosts two openings at the Crane Arts Building: Gray Area and the Consulate General of Italy, Independent Mall. Wasserman is the Exhibitions Director at Temple University Rome. A video projection and concert will be featured the day prior to Pfister and Binnick's opening.

* Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28th, 6:00 - 9:00pm

* Consulate General of Italy: Philadelphia
150 South Independence Mall W
Philadelphia, PA

Concert and Video Projection: Wednesday, April 27th 6:00 - 9:00pm

Crane Arts: Gray Area
1400 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA


Penn Alumni at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Promoting Gallery for Funding Support

Tiger Strikes Asteroid has been home to 25 exhibitions since it began in 2009. These include solo shows of its member artists and group and solo exhibits from local and national non-members as well. Our goal is to connect the Philadelphia art community with the National and International community by exhibiting a diverse array of exhibits and other programs.
In the coming months the gallery is also pleased to announce that it will move to a beautiful new space on the 2nd floor of the building it is currently in (319A North 11th Street). This will further plant the gallery in the vibrant community it has been apart of since it began and will increase opportunities for dialogue and conversation with other exhibition spaces and artist groups. In the coming months we will feature member exhibitions from Caroline Santa and Alex Paik, two person exhibitions from Amy Beecher and Susan Bricker, solo exhibitions from Tracy Thomason and Gerard Brown and an exhibit curated by Wallace Whitney, a New York based painter and part owner of the Lower East Side gallery, Canada.

With these coming exhibits comes increased costs. Tiger Strikes Asteroid is asking for funds to help with operating expenses, move related costs and other bills that may arise as we develop our gallery and programming.

Money donated to Tiger Strikes Asteroid will go to:
-The construction and renovations of our new gallery space.
-Shipping costs so we can bring artists from afar to our gallery.
-Equipment so we can expand the scope of our exhibits and programming.
-Costs associated with the development of a visiting speaker series.

Here is the link. Please donate today!


To learn more about Tiger Strikes Asteroid, visit http://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com/


Kim Brickley (MFA '09) and Sarah Zimmer (MFA '08) create light installation for new project by the Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia

Kim Brickley (MFA '09) and Sarah Zimmer (MFA '08) contribute to a new project by the Mural Arts Program, in conjunction with the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association. The project plans to bring a more permanent light installation to the city. The Spring Garden Gateway Project is an interactive light installation created by Brickley and Zimmer, which hopes to cover the I-95 underpass at Second and Spring Garden Streets with Lightwild Pixel LED lights and motion sensors to “transform the space into an interactive environment that pulses with light and movement.”

People, bikes and cars would all activate motion sensors, which (depending on the speed and position of said commuters) would activate pixels varying in color and brightness. The display would be ever-changing and depend entirely on the commotion of the city around it. Michael Sebright is the architectural consultant on the job, Adam Rokhsar of Harvestworks is the interactive programmer and Billy Hodges of Illuminations is the lighting consultant on the project.

To learn more about this project, visit http://nakedphilly.com/northern-liberties/the-spring-garden-gateway-project-an-interactive-light-installation-under-95/


Linnea Paskow (MFA '02) in Exhibition at the President's Gallery, Pratt Institute, Opening April 14th, 4pm

Linnea Paskow (MFA '02) in will have her collages featured in an exhibition at the President's Gallery, Pratt Institute. Paskow is a visual artist who works with collage as her primary medium. She is an Assistant Professor Pratt Institute's upstate location at Munson-Williams-Proctor in Utica. She is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the foundation department at Pratt Institute. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Haverford College. Locations of recent group exhibitions include: The New York Design Center and The Painting Center, in New York City; the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia; and the Anna Bondonio Gallery in Alba, Italy. In 2007, she had a solo show at Kunstoffice in Berlin, and her work was included in 07_Art Projects with Michael Steinberg Fine Art in London. A solo installation of her work will be shown in the project room of Michael Steinberg Fine Art in the fall of 2008.

For more information, please visit http://www.linneapaskow.com.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14th, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Exhibition Dates: April 14th - February 2011

President’s Office Gallery
Pratt Institute
Main Building, First Floor
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Jane Irish (MFA Program Coordinator) receives the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists Residency

Jane Irish (MFA Program Coordinator) recently received the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists Residency in
Léhon, France. The residency invites Irish to a five week program beginning May 15th, 2011. In addition it provides artists with notable resources includinng Painting French rooms, WWII landscapes and beautiful churches. In 1989, Isabel Klots founded the Artist Residency Program in Rochefort-en-Terre in memory of her father-in-law, Alfred Klots, and her husband, Trafford Klots, both artists, and of their hospitality to other artists. In 1995, Maryland Institute College of Art began to administer the program. The "Friends of Rochefort" was established in 1998 to support the program as its focus and reputation expanded. Through the generosity of the Friends and of Isabel Klots, MICA has established an endowment fund for the Residency Program. Through 2010, the Residency Program was housed on the grounds of the Château that Alfred Klots created in the early 20th century from medieval structures remaining on the site of an ancient castle destroyed during the French Revolution. Now, because the Château requires extensive renovation and is no longer habitable, MICA has moved the Residency Program to Léhon, another extraordinary medieval village in Brittany. Irish, a painter, received her MFA from Queens College, CUNY, and has exhibited in New York and Philadelphia since 1983. Irish’s ceramic work can be seen in the Institute of Contemporary Art’s exhibition, Dirt on Delight: Impulses Which Form Clay (Jan 16 - Mar 29, 2009), which travels to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. In 2002-03, Irish created a large-scale installation for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts - her first solo museum exhibition, History Lesson. She is currently represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia.

In addition to receiving the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists Residency, Irish has been named the Bill Co-Organizer of the Bill Walton exhibition opening at ICA in September 2011.


Nathlie Provosty (MFA '07) in Group Exhibition at Jolie Laide, Opening April 8th, 6pm

Nathlie Provosty (MFA '07) will have work featured in a group exhibition titled "Becoming Something Found" at Jolie Laide, Philadelphia. "Becoming Something Found" explores how chance and uncertainty guide the processes of making art. The exhibition included artists from different generations who “collaborate with chance” (Rebecca Solnitt). The artists are connected through practices that involve unplanned gestures and indirect courses. Their processes are similar yet disparate, overlapping in approaches to materials and abstraction and varying in particularities of methods and imagery. For all of the artists, making art entails an ability to get lost and to remain open to what one may find. Additional artists featured include Jessica Dickinson, Emily Do, Rachel Foullon, Shelia Hicks, Alison Knowles, Fabienne Lasserre, Siobhan Liddell, Ree Morton, Jo Smail, and Molly Smith.

To see more of Provosty's work, visit http://www.nathlieprovosty.com/

Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, April 1st - Saturday, May 28th

Jolie Laide Gallery
224 N. Juniper St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19107


Chloe Isadora Reison and Mary Valverde (MFA '12 candidates) in Exhibition at the Morgan Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Opening April 8th, 6pm

In "Deliberate Enigmas", Chloe Isadora Reison and Mary Valverde (MFA '12 candidates) present their individual sculptural works, as well as a collaborative performance piece, to take place the night of the opening. Both Reison and Valverde are interested in material culture, consumption and excess. They execute their respective work quite differently from one another, though each artist approaches their practice with a similar and curious sense of exploration, and a dedication to formalism. Their goal in showing together is to perpetuate the influence and inspiration the two artists have taken from one another, as well as to see what dialogue may arise in the joining of their work. Reison and Valverde see this as the start of a conversation that they hope to continue throughout their careers.

Opening Reception: Friday April 8th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Performance Time: 7:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, April 8th - Friday, April 15th

Morgan Gallery
Department of Fine Arts
University of Pennsylvania
205 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Jessica Vaughn (MFA '11 candidate) in Exhibition at DuBois College House, University of Pennsylvania, Opening April 5th, 7pm

In "Redress", Jessica Vaughn (MFA '11 candidate) presents photographs and works on panel made during her graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She explores printmaking and photography in unconventional ways by altering the surface of her works through processes of drawing, painting and erasure. Vaughn’s work starts with a recognizable image, found photographs from magazines, newspaper sources or ones that she has taken. She combines different processes together to create connectivity and analysis in images where it is generally assumed none exists. Such is the case in her recent work where she uses 16 th century Dutch woodcuts and African American hairpieces, or installation set-ups of cardboard banker boxes, iconic red plaid plastic bags and faux star galaxy backdrops. Her sense of abstraction has developed from translating information that is often recognized and seen as monolithic into something new.

To view more of Vaughn's work, visit http://jessvaughn.com/home.html

Opening Reception: Tuesday April 5th , 7:00 - 9:00pm

DuBois College House
University of Pennsylvania
39th and Walnut
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Matt Neff (MFA '05 & Undergraduate Faculty) has print featured on cover of the Philagrafika Graphic Unconscious Exhibition Catalog

Matt Neff's (MFA '05) print with Óscar Muñoz was recently chosen to featured on the cover of the Philagrafika Graphic Unconscious Exhibition Catalog. The Graphic Unconscious catalog is a reference for the expanded field of printmaking featuring work by forty artists and collectives, working in a variety of media from traditional print to multi-disciplinary practices, featured in The Graphic Unconscious exhibition of the Philagrafika 2010 festival. Featured artists within the catalog and Philagrafika include Lisa Anne Auerbach, Eric Avery, Christiane Baumgartner, Erick Beltrán, Bitterkomix, Mark Bradford, Cannonball Press, Enrique Chagoya, Sue Coe, Julius Deutschbauer, Dexter Sinister, Dispatch, Drive By Press, Eloísa Cartonera, Art Hazelwood, Pablo Helguera, Orit Hofshi, Thomas Kilpper, Gunilla Klingberg, Virgil Marti, Paul Morrison, Óscar Muñoz, Pepón Osorio, Carl Pope, Qui Zhijie, Duke Riley, Betsabeé Romero, Francesc Ruiz, Jenny Schmid, Self Help Graphics & Art, Regina Silveira, Kiki Smith, Space 1026, Superflex, Swoon, Tabaimo, Temporary Services, Barthélémy Toguo, Tromarama, and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.