Scott White (MFA '00) exhibits Bike pARTS at Philadelphia City Hall through June 13th

University of Pennsylvania Alumnus and Lecturer, Scott White, will be exhibiting his electric all weather tricycle design in the Philadelphia City Hall Art Gallery. His innovative design promotes a safe all-weather alternative to automotive transportation and promotes Philadelphia's city wide infrastructure of bike paths.

Bike pARTS will be on view through June 13th

Opening: April 9th, 5-7pm
Location: City Hall Art Gallery, 2nd floor NE corner in Room 116


Paz Ortuzar (MFA '14) to be featured in a group exhibition at the Parsons New School in New York, opening Thurs, Apr 3rd

Picture from installation by Paz Ortuzar.
Paz Ortuzar's 2013 work, Did someone see the halley comet? will be featured in the upcoming group exhibition curated by Ilyn Wong, Maricruz Alarcón, and Pieter Paul Pothoven.

The exhibition, titled I scarcely have the right to use this ghostly verb, explores notions of cultural memory through the lens of a generation whose experiences and identities are directly shaped by historical events to which they did not bear witness. Borrowing from a Borges short story, the project highlights the problematic nature of claiming historical narratives for any generation as a whole —wary that these claims may, in fact, co-opt forms of persisting hegemonies.

Originally from Santiago, Chile, Paz Ortuzar's work often touches on the forfeiture of history and communal memory. Her personal and touching installations offer a chance to reflect on cultural loss and how memories are constructed as well as preserved.

The exhibition also features the works of Mounira Al Solh, Firelei Baez, Tatiana Istomina, Reena Katz and Pablo Gómez Uribe, Heather M. O'Brien, María Paz Ortúzar, John Albok, and David Wojnarowicz.

Opening: Thursday, Apr 3rd, 6-8pm
Public Events: Friday, Apr 11th, 7pm
Venue: Parsons New School
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
66 Fifth Ave at the corner of 13th St.

Caroline Claflin and Jacob Rivkin (MFA '13) curate group show 'lover, Bird of Prey' opening at FJORD Gallery, Apr 4th

Left: Bayne Peterson, IV-X-6236 Right: Kyle Mowat, Still from Ballpit
Dipping their toes into the Philadelphia curation scene with a tender splash, recent MFA alums Caroline Claflin and Jacob Rivkin are pleased to announce the opening of their show, lover, Bird of Prey, at FJORD Gallery. 

Both artists explore the complicated exchange between objects and animation in their own work and have continued that conversation in this curatorial project. There is a contradiction inherent to the exchange of the material presence possible in three dimensional stillness verses the two-dimensional flatness of a screen that allows for a 'bringing to life' of objects in animation. The nature of that contradiction is sure to be explored in interesting ways through the works of artists:

Sarah Anderson (MFA '12)
Lauren Gregory
Kyle Mowat
Bayne Peterson
& Caleb Wood

More information at http://www.fjordspace.com/.

Opening: April 4, 6-10pm
On View: 
through April 26

FJORD Gallery
2419 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia PA


Philadelphia International Airport selects Deirdre Murphy’s (MFA '00) Sky Paintings for Yearlong Exhibition

Deirdre's work will be on view at PHL for a full year!
The Philadelphia International Airport has selected Deirdre Murphy's series, Sky Paintings, for a yearlong exhibition. Deirdre is an accomplished alum and fine arts lecturer at University of Pennsylvania in painting and drawing.

The collection featuring paintings that explore the patterns, murmurations and energy of bird flocks, her career-long artistic focus, and will be on display in late January 2014 and run through the end of the year. The exhibition, which will be located between Terminals C and D, near the moving walkway across from the Star Alliance Lounge, marks one of Murphy’s most visible exhibitions to date.

The airport as a venue for Murphy’s artwork is a natural fit. Her love of travel combined with her artwork, which features an exploration of birds and the human connection to the larger natural world, makes the airport a perfect location to display her dynamic, colorful artwork. "Philadelphia International Airport is thrilled to show Deirdre Murphy's Sky Paintings series in 2014,” said Leah Douglas, Director of Exhibitions at the airport. “Her paintings, with their themes of nature and in particular, the skycapes accentuated with birds and kite-like elements in flight, are a perfect fit for the airport traveler. Her exhibition features work with color-filled compositions, rooted in a sense of motion, that will captivate travelers as they ready themselves fort their own experiences in flight."


Peter Schenck (MFA '09) opens a solo painting show at Sunshine Art + Design Gallery on April 4th in Lancaster, PA

Open Wide by Peter Schenck
Peter Schenck's solo show, One More Slice will be on view at Sunshine Art + Design Gallery from April 4th through April 30th. In a graphic style Peter's paintings investigate the intersection of shirt and slice with a pop palette and subtle humor. 

Opening: April 4, 6-10pm
On View: April 4 - 30th
Venue: Sunshine Art + Design Gallery
104 West King Street
Lancaster, PA


Alumnus and Penn Professor Matt Neff (MFA '05) opens a show at the Print Center in Philadelphia, Apr 3rd

Neff reflects on the nature of medium in his work "Four of Us".
Alumnus and Penn Professor Matt Neff (MFA '05) will be opening a show at the Print Center in Philadelphia, Apr 3rd with prints from Terry Adkins portfolio made in collaboration with the Common Press.

Matt Neff's exhibition, Second Sightfeatures prints, photographs and sculptural works characterized by a complex layering of process, medium and concept and an experimental use of materials. The exhibition is curated by The Print Center’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Spungen.

Within Second Sight is a project space titled Second SITE, where Neff will be in residence. It serves as an evolving studio, exhibition, meeting, performance and research venue for interaction with artists, curators, writers and community members. Second SITE will change weekly. This immersive gallery experiment opens up the often impermeable barrier between viewing and making and is sure to result in interesting conversations and creations. Go to www.printcenter.org for information on Second SITE programing. 

In conjunction with Neff's exhibition, The Print Center will be showing Terry Adkins & The Common Press: 7th Ward.

Terry Adkins (1953–2014) created the portfolio The Philadelphia Negro Reconsidered in collaboration with The Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania, which is directed by Matt Neff. The portfolio was inspired by The Philadelphia Negro - W.E.B. Du Bois’ pioneering demographic study of Philadelphia’s original 7th Ward, the neighborhood in which The Print Center is located. The exhibition is supported by the Department of Fine Arts, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

Gallery Talk: Matt Neff in conversation with Elizabeth Spungen, Thur Apr 3, 5:30pm
Opening: Thurs Apr 3, 6-8pm
On View: Through Jun 7th
On going programing for Second SITE available at www.printcenter.org.

Allen Bentley (MFA '00) has a show up at the F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia

Pillow Talk, oil on canvas, 36 x 30, 2013
On view through March 29th, Allen Bentley's painting show at the F.A.N. gallery explores the tangled nature of relationship though dance, pillow fights, and couples caught in the currents.

Venue: F.A.N. Gallery
221 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA

Marcin Ramocki (MFA '98) is curating a show 'Peristalsis' in Bushwick, Brooklyn that will include Penn Professor Matt Freedman

A view of Matt Freedman's 2002 work, Prosthesis
Marcin Ramocki is co-curating group show, Peristalis, with Paulina Bebecka which will include work by Mia Brownell, Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, Oasa DuVerney, Lucia Love, Wojtek Doroszuk, Matt Freedman, Kenneth Tin Kin Hung,Mimi Kim, Saeri Kiritani, Ronald Reyes and Jude Tallichet.

Peristalsis is a playful, cross-media examination of various cultural themes associated with food and nutrition. The opening will take place on Saturday, March 29, 7-9 pm and the show will be on display until May 11th.

Should you make it to the opening, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the audience participation event “Conceptual Cake Party”.

Opening: Sat Mar 29, 7-9pm

Venue: Air Circulation
160 Randolf St.
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Sascha Hughes-Caley (MFA '15) will have video work in the Imperfectu International Film and Gender Studies Festival

Sasha's video Sportsman (Trophy) has been selected by Imperfectu International Film and Gender Studies Festival to be screened in Tijuana, Mexico, between April 1st -6th, 2014 and later again this year in Berlin, Germany (dates TBA).

Sasha's video and performance work investigates American male culture at large and it's relationship to sexual entitlement.

Orlando de la Garza (MFA'13) is opening a show in San Francisco on Wed Apr 9th

Recent graduate Orlando de la Garza will be opening a show in his new home city of San Francisco at the venue, Aritsts' Television Access. The high-fructose show, Cream Pie Party, you left a hot mess promises to be as titillating as the title suggests. 

Orlando's imagist inspired fantasy paintings will be accompanied by the live music of Banda Sin Nombre at the opening on Wednesday night, April 9th. 

Opening: Wed Apr 9, 8pm

Venue: Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia St. 
San Francisco, CA 94110



Terry Adkins featured in Artforum and in conversation with George Lewis

As many of you know, Terry Adkins' drum stacks are gracing the cover of Artforum this month. 

If you have not been able to snap up a copy yet, his featured interview with George Lewis is also available online, here.

Joan Oh (MFA '15) opens a group show "Synthetic Zero" at BronxArtSpace, Wed. March 5th 6-9pm

Joan takes a swipe at new technology in her video, Double Tap, Construe
Participating in Synthetic Zero Event at the Bronx Art Space, Joan Oh's video Double Tap, Construe examines iconography in relation to a newly augmented body language that we have inherited through the rise of digital practices. The touchscreen enables us to interact directly with history, creating an intuitive interaction that looks beyond the digital surface and peers into the details of iconic photographs and events.

Wed Mar 5, 6-9pm 
               Sat Mar 15, 7-10pm
On View: W-Sat 3:30pm-6:30pm Mar 5 - 15
Synthetic Zero / BronxArtSpace 
305 E 140th St #1A
Bronx, NY 10454

More information at, http://www.bronxartspace.com/.

Joan Oh (MFA '15) participates in international group show "STATE ABED"

STATE ABED international exhibition & conference 

Following a feminist maxim THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL, as well as relying upon our reasons why we deal with feminisms, what makes us publicly declare ourselves feminists, we have come up with the exhibition title STATE ABED. We would like to know how deep and in what ways the system, the state, the authorities and politics govern our life as well as to what extent and for what reasons they have the urge to enter and control our lives, bedrooms, bodies and minds. We would especially like to reveal the ways we accept or do not accept their seductions, kisses, orders and violences. We would like to strip off the system the way the system strips us off. We would like to hit the system back, or kiss it back. We ask for your ideas, concepts, works, your ways and your stories which will help us unravel this story and find out why we have the feeling that this lovemaking is actually an act of rape and what consequences it has on the personal. Which is political. Which is personal.

The show was on display from Feb 1st - 21st in Croatia.

Jessica Vaughn (MFA '11) included in Houston, Project Row Houses' Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Jessica Vaughn’s sound installation "Right-of-way-Acquisition" collected the sounds of the highways cutting through the Third Ward, infrastructure for the greater city that has also stifled economic development and social mobility in the neighborhood it crosses. A megaphone plays the recorded sounds for the visitor while also allowing the visitor’s sounds to be added into the piece through microphones placed throughout the room. Vaughn describes this as “call and response” where the archive continually expands from the depersonalized sounds of the highway to include more and more traces of individual human connection.

Unfortunately the exhibition was up until Mar 2nd, but more information on the project is available here, or follow this link for more about the organization Project Row Houses.

Ceaphas Stubbs (MFA '13) opens solo show, "...And Everything Will Be Created Here..." in California

Ceaphas Stubbs  "The Flesh is Weak"  2013
Recent graduate Ceaphas Stubbs has opened his first solo show in the Los Angeles marking his triumphant return to the city after his thesis exhibition there in Chinatown nearly a year ago. This exhibition also marks the christening of a new Culver City space for the Reginald Ingraham Gallery which is displaying Ceaphas' work until April 12th.

Ceaphas Stubbs' photographs are a exploration in narrative weight and meaning, as well as a complex practice. He layers ready made and found images and objects to construct luxurious still life scenes that challenge the viewer to examine relationships between physicality and desire. The painterly quality of Stubb's visual tropes is both a critique and a declaration of the power and value of iconography. The three dimensionality of the photographs is an invitation for conversation; an entry point to investigate associations and signifiers that subvert ritual and evoke nuance through color, space and imagery. The texture rich collages reference a shifting symbolism similary seen in Dali's playful surreal compositions, while being firmly grounded in the influential photographic considerations advanced by such artists as Zeke Berman and other luminaries in photography.

On View: Mar 1 - Apr 12

Reginald Ingraham Gallery
6021 Washington Blvd
Culver City CA, 90232