E & Chukwumaa aka SCRAAATCH (Both MFA'16) performing at The Saint Tomorrow! Sunday, Aug 31

This Sunday!
A Sunday Afternoon of Sound Art / Verge Sonics / Love Beats / Live Sound Process by: Rucyl http://rucyl.com/ Suzi Analoguehttp://suzianalogue.com/ Scraaatch http://scraaatch.tumblr.com/facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/728632020516620/728632023849953/
Saint Lazarus Bar
102 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123


Jenny Perlin films in NYC and Arizona this fall - Check them out!

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Arizona
Prologue: Covert Operations
Sept 2-Sept 22, 2014

This great show features The Perlin Papers (by me) and
The Last Soviet by Kerry Tribe.

Simon Preston Gallery
Opening September 7 2014 6-8pm
Sept 7-October 5 2014
Simon Preston Gallery
301 Broome Street, NYC

The show will include a new film about sinkholes and many works on paper. If you are in NY please come by and see the show!

SEPT 15 and 16
Anthology Film Archives
September 15 and 16 2014

Three full evening programs of films screening in separate shows at Anthology on Sept 15 and 16.  Here's the link--

Last but not least--for now--

I am thrilled to announce the world premiere at the New York Film Festival of the collaborative film The Measures. Jacqueline Goss and I have created a film essay and we will be delivering the voice-over live at the premiere!

Please join us at The New York Film Festival October 3, 2014 at 9:15pm!

OCTOBER 3 2014
New York Film Festival: Projections
World Premiere!
The Measures
A film by Jacqueline Goss and Jenny Perlin
Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
Friday, October 3, 9:15pm

Matt Neff (MFA Alum) in group show in Philly! Opening on Sept 11


August 25 - October 8, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday  September 11,  5 – 7:30 PM

Brock Enright
Alison Knowles
Kate Levant
Chris Martin
Justin Matherly
Win McCarthy
Jim McWilliams
Matt Neff
Karyn Olivier
Holt Quentel
Terry Riley
Dieter Roth
Michael E. Smith
Michael Williams
Erwin Wurm

The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts is pleased to present Roth, in homage to the first Dieter Roth exhibition in the United States fifty years ago at Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). The polymathic artist Dieter Roth (1930 – 1998) was a master of many genres and was one of the most influential models in late Twentieth Century art. During Roth’s stay in Philadelphia working with the master printer Eugene Feldman and especially Jim McWilliams, Roth completed thousands of printed, photographic and hand drawn pages which later became the basis of Roth’s book Snow. At the same time his debauched antics made him the bête noire of several American cities and campuses.

Roth’s early work could be almost minimal, dealing with a few lines of text, geometric and die cut, comprising many volumes of books (both unique and published in editions), sculptural or environmental. He often layered his imagery and his materials, some of which were organic and open to abject putrefaction. Comic and sexual imagery, hand-drawn or consisting of multiple versions of throw-away printings were all part of his practice. Towards the end, he documented his studio life on video, which was shown in real time on banks of monitors.

In recognition of Roth’s local sojourn, we have (in addition to Roth) included the following sympathetic artists: Brock Enright, Alison Knowles, Kate Levant, Chris Martin, Justin Matherly, Win McCarthy, Jim McWilliams, Matt Neff, Karyn Olivier, Holt Quentel, Terry Riley, Michael E. Smith, Michael Williams, and Ervin Wurm.

Roth’s works are in the collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris and Musee des Beaux de Nantes, France; Hamberger Kunsthalle, Hamberg, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Museum fur angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; Ludwig Museum Cologne, Germany; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Tate Gallery, London among others.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.  

Laura Bernstein (MFA '14) at Vox Populi - Opens Sept 5th

Between a rock and a hard place. offers a sculptural conversation between three female artists: Laura Bernstein (Philadelphia/NYC), Lydia Hardwick (London), and Rachel Rotenberg (Baltimore). Their works operate as the remnants from an otherworldly archaeological dig, marked with the indelible imprint and purposeful grace of their three makers. These are objects for projecting our human tensions and fantasies upon, yet remain concealed within their obtuse configurations. Fragments from an alternate world or fictional alphabets, the sculptural forms are paradoxically familiar yet radically alien. At their core, these are non-functional yet social objects: acknowledging or denying the body, embodying complex human relationships, and birthed through intuition and memory.
Within this exhibition lies the paper mâché world of Laura Bernstein, with its monumental and elegiac carousel made for a social hive mind of activity and the remains of her disbanded army. Lydia Hardwick’s ceramic works are at once trail blazes beckoning us forward into the new places they demarcate, while their colorful layers contain the cartography of a distant land. Rachel Rotenberg’s physical wooden forms are a novel kind of spatial calligraphy – their worn surfaces a palimpsest of the psychologically charged stories they carry.
The continuingly unfolding logic of this installation allows these works to point to and defy the limits of vernacular language and structural representation, as a means of expressing a playful and poetic kind of discourse. Amidst their rough and labored fabrication there is a deliberate and delicate precision of form which aids them in defying time– at once remnants but also maps, scores, and tools for a future unfolding beneath us.
Laura R. Bernstein is multimedia artist who creates movement apparatuses that reorient the body and challenge notions of public and private, utility and absurdity. In 2014 she received her interdisciplinary MFA from the University of Pennsylvania with a certificate in Time-Based & Interactive Media. In 2010, she graduated from RISD with a BFA and Senior Excellence Award in Sculpture. Bernstein was an apprentice at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2013), a Vermont Studio Center (2013) and Toby Devan Lewis (2014) Fellow. Her work has been showed in Philadelphia, NY and Austria and is part of the permanent collection of the National Dance Institute in New York.
Lydia Hardwick is an artist working in clay who takes a collage based approach to the medium: splicing, layering, and placing. She currently lives in London after receiving her Masters degree in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of Art in London. In 2014, Hardwick was awarded a residency and exhibition at An Tobar, on the Isle of Mull in Scotland and a month-long residency in Neumünster, Germany at the Künstlerhaus Stadttöpferei. This is her first exhibition in the United States.
Rachel Rotenberg is an artist working in wood, her sculptures present amalgams of relationships, drawn from aspects of her biography and everyday experience. Born in Toronto and currently based in Baltimore, MD, she completed her undergraduate studies at York University in Tortonto and has taken post-graduate courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Banff Centre in Banff, Canada. Rotenberg was a 2012 Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient. Her work has been exhibited in venues including the Delaware Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art.


Nathan Wasserbauer at Dillon Gallery in NYC

Nathan Wasserbauer: Vortex, 2012, silverpoint, white ground on
linoleum and wood mount, 48 x 96 inches

Dillon Gallery
555 West 25 Street
New York, NY 10001 
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am–6pm 


Wilmer WIlson IV (MFA '15) in Chicago - Opens Friday, August 22

Valerie Carberry Gallery and Richard Gray Gallery, in collaboration with Black Artists Retreat, are pleased to announce RETREAT, an exhibition conceived of and organized by Theaster Gates.

photo: Wilmer Wilson IV, Shed Skin (Notary)

Artists have been invited by Gates to consider how the concept of retreat, either in theory or practice, contributes to a position of strength and perspective in the making of visual art. Works selected for
exhibition communicate both active interpretations of retreat characterized by pressure or force and passive expressions of retreat that invoke contemplation or meditation. Participating artists — Derrick Adams, Erika Allen, Elizabeth Axtman, Bethany Collins, Tony Lewis, Kelly Lloyd, Valerie Piraino, Mitchell Squire, Wilmer Wilson IV and Nate Young — represent the full range of contemporary art practice in all media, including painting, drawing, photography, installation, body art and video.

Installed in adjacent gallery spaces on the 38th floor of the John Hancock Center, RETREAT opens to the public on Friday, August 22, and is on view through October 4. An opening reception will take place August 22, 5 - 7 p.m., with extended gallery hours until 9 p.m., for the artists and the community to celebrate. (This event is free and open to the public, although online RSVP is strongly encouraged. The RSVP link is accessible through the Richard Gray Gallery website: http://www.richardgraygallery.com/exhibitions/2014-08-22_retreat-by-theaster-gates/)

As a special extension of the exhibition co-hosted by Carberry and Gray, Gates has selected Erika Allen and Mitchell Squire to create a special project booth at EXPO Chicago, September 18 - 21 at Navy Pier. Art fair attendees are invited to experience the exhibition concept of retreat in a “living architecture” space designed for respite and gathering.

A fully illustrated publication with essay contributions by Hamza Walker (Associate Curator and Director of Education at the Renaissance Society) and Romi Crawford (Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute) will debut at EXPO Chicago.


Wilmer Wilson IV (MFA '15) at MFA Boston

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston

Unlike a still portrait, video captures the dynamics of identity unfolding over time. This two-part installation focuses on highly staged and ritualistic actions that reveal how identity is performed on camera and in our everyday lives. Hailing from vastly different regions of the world, the artists address how identity tropes such as gender, race, religion, and nationality are enforced by family, peers, and other institutions that organize their respective societies.
On view from July 2014–January 2015, videos by Gabriel de la Mora, Ene-Liis Semper, and Mohau Modisakeng reference rituals pertaining to the life-cycles of birth and death to express how family ties shape the self. From January–June 2015 videos by Wilmer Wilson IV, Annegret Soltau, and Jonas Englert disrupt traditional head-and-shoulder portraiture through performative interventions.
The Krupp Gallery is one of eight contemporary galleries that opened in 2011 as part of the dynamic Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. These galleries present innovative approaches to the exhibition of contemporary art within the context of the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, offering new perspectives and encouraging connections between art of the present and past.
Wilmer Wilson IV, Black Mask, 2012. Single channel video (color, silent), 6 minutes. Copyright Wilmer Wilson IV, Courtesy CONNERSMITH

Jackie Tileston at Zg Gallery in Chicago - Artist Reception, Friday, September 5

Zg Gallery300 W. Superior St.ChicagoIL 60654
T. 312.654.9900  |   www.ZgGallery.com
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 
10:00 am to 5:30pm

Jackie Tileston
“Field Guide to Elsewhere” New Paintings

September 5 to November 1, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, September 5th, 5:30pm- 8:00pm

clip_image003Jackie Tileston,  “Field Guide to Elsewhere” 60” x 72, mixed-media on linen,  2014
Zg Gallery is pleased to present Jackie Tileston’s fifth solo show “Field Guide to Elsewhere”.  An American, born in the Philippines and raised in India, London and Paris, Tileston’s new series of paintings continue to incorporate the diverse elements from both eastern and western aesthetics, creating a visual metaphor for her multi-cultural upbringing. Through the use of oil, dry pigment, enamel, collage and transfer items, Tileston’s paintings are rich combinations of  texture, tone, gesture and control.

Tileston states, "The Tibetans have a different notion of the word “ornament” than we do in the West;  thangka paintings have titles like “The Ornament of Liberation” and “The Ornament of Clear Realization”.  Instead of being evocative of the superficial, decorative, or merely sensual, it is a concept aligned with profound wisdom and seeing clearly, and the experience of splendor. 

Painting has an ability to open up alternative visual experiences that can specifically align us with internal spaces, altered states of consciousness, euphoria, complexity, and the unpresentable.  Abstraction, especially, is an expert intermediary, translating the nonverbal and not quite visible realities into perceivable, material form. Paintings can function as runners between realms, both physical and philosophical.  There’s work to do here for paintings, for images.

Folios of Persian miniatures were once prized possessions that were carried by the rulers during war into the tents and battlefields. It was said that to them, handling these treasures in such rugged, bleak terrain must have been comparable to strolling in one of their lovingly tended gardens. It’s a powerful idea this, the artwork as oasis, an alternative manual to the heat and paradox that is physical existence.

I want elements of these images – chunks of paint, hints of dakinis, tantric minimalism, vapors and washes – to seem as if they arose spontaneously, possibly contradicting and critiquing each other, yet somehow cohering as a whole before dissolving back into a sort of ecstatic non-being.  I embrace Foucault’s heterotopic spaces, Dr. Seuss, the intricacies of hyperbolic space, outsider physics, Emma Kunz and Hilma Af Klimt.

In these paintings the delicious muckiness of embodiment alternates with the ephemeral flux of dissolution and change.  The celestial and the lumpy coexist happily here, vaporous swatches pierced by ornamental exuberance."

Jackie Tileston, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, has been awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, a Guggenheim Fellowship,  The Pew Fellowships in the Arts Grant, and the Core Fellowship Residency, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Tileston has also been reviewed in ArtForum and Teme Celeste.  She received her M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her B.A. in Fine Arts, from Yale University, New Haven, CT. Jackie Tileston, “Field Guide to Elsewhere,” new paintings will be on view from September 5th through November 1st, 2014 at Zg Gallery, Chicago.

Preview Paintingswww.ZgGallery.com/tileston.htm

Art Opening in Philadelphia - Sept 5 at THREENINETEEN

Opening Friday SEPTEMBER 5th through OCTOBER 18 2014

‘NEW SIGHT’ A JURIED ART EXHIBITION to be held at THREENINETEEN, the street level gallery space at 319 N. 11th Street, in the expanding Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Juried and Curated by internationally known visual artists SARAH MCENEANEY and ZOE STRAUSS.

The show aims to shed light on the role of the arts in changing communities especially in urban environments, and supports the transformation of the Reading Viaduct/Rail Park. Sarah and Zoe selected a dynamic group of works which without directly referencing the Viaduct Rail Park, collectively speak to decay, re-birth and the materiality of the post industrial world and the personal neighborhoods that we live and work in. Each piece expresses a sense of space and place through varying means such as construction of found objects, watercolor depictions of trash or sculptures honoring what was once discarded. The show carries a message that beauty exists under our feet in places we have passed by many times, and have looked at before but have never really seen. And the show also emphasizes the truth that artists have an essential role in our cities - being most often the ones to see this beauty in the worn and broken first, and to translate that message to the world through their work and the cultivation of their environments.

Most of the artists represented in the show were new to the jurors; reinforcing the fact that the art community in Philadelphia is vital and continually growing. NINE ARTISTS were chosen, including: Katie Dillon Low, EJ Herczyk, Michael Kuetemeyer, Joseph Opshinsky, Gerri Spilka, Sabina, Tichindeleanu, Dot Vile, Joan Wadleigh Curran, and Daniel Petraitis. A portion of proceeds from sales of the work will go to benefit ‘Friends of the Rail Park’.


Friends of the Rail Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to cultivate visions and advocate for a continuous three-mile linear park and recreation path in Philadelphia, connecting many neighborhoods and cultural institutions to Fairmount Park along the historic elevated Reading Viaduct and City Branch rail cut of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.


This new street level creative space will open it’s doors to the public with the premier of the NEW SIGHT exhibition. Located in the same building as VOX Populi and others, the gallery, nurtured by Savery Design, sits directly across from Phase I of the Reading Viaduct in the middle of the Callowhill neighborhood.

For more images and information, please contact:

THREENINETEEN info@319North11thstreet.com
(267) 687- 7769
GALLERY HOURS Wednesday – Sunday 11am to 6pm



Pig Iron Theatre Company - 99 Breakups at PAFA

Pig Iron Theatre Company -  99 Breakups at PAFA 
 photo credit: PLATE3PHOTOGRAPHY
Pig Iron Theater Company's 99 Breakups premieres September 5-16, 2014 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Pig Iron's newest work encompasses the rising crescendo of conflict, the hushed, crumbling voice of heartbreak and the splitting, cleaving disintegration we often don't mean to witness but cannot ignore.  With the backdrop of PAFA's collection, and the semi public, semi private space of a museum, 99 Breakups takes a wide-angle lens at a story we all have in common.  It is a celebration of irrational behavior, tantrums, pregnant pauses, separate beds, inertia, atomic collisions, fresh starts and awkward hugs.

This production, directed by Pig Iron Co-Founder Quinn Bauriedel, has enabled  us to work with long-time art-crushes Dayna Hanson (who will choreograph and help co-create the piece), formerly of 33 Fainting Spells, and Kirk Lynn, the lead writing voice from the Rude Mechanicals in Austin who provides scenes/prompts from which the piece is built.

It is indeed a thrill to be staging this piece at PAFA. Founded in 1805, PAFA is the oldest museum and art school in the country and was one of the first art schools to admit women in 1844, allowing the likes of Mary Cassatt and  Cecelia Beaux to learn anatomy and take life drawing. Also, The Gross Clinic is there (but has a co-parenting agreement with the PMA so gets shuttled back and forth). Also, Louis Kahn went there.  And David Lynch, who will be taking over a few galleries this autumn for a show of his paintings.

Presented by FringeArts, 
September 5 - 16
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 
For Tickets, go here

99 Breakups is made possible with support from The Independence Foundation, The Wyncote Foundation and many generous individuals. Thank you. 

P.S. Check out our 99breakups website here.