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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition,’ On View Now thru July 4th

May 24, 2017

(A Reminder, by Shawn Theodore on Elfreth’s Alley)

So excited to launch Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition today!

Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibition of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District – an area of the city that runs from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets. It will be on view from Thursday, May 25 through Tuesday, July 4.

Commissioned by Visit Philadelphia and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, the exhibition explores the spirit of revolution and offers people free access to contemporary, topical art in historic settings.

From the American Revolution to the Civic Rights Movement to the fight for Marriage Equality, what all revolutions have in common is their starting point: people looking at the world around them with a critical eye. ​Is this the best we can do?​ ​How can we create a world that’s better for me and my neighbors?

For ​Revolutionary​, I invited artists who were doing just that, using their art to examine the world and challenge our current political and social status quo. From Nero‘s simple message of inclusivity and tolerance at Franklin Square, You Belong Here. To Michelle Angela Ortiz’s portrait of a Philadelphia man who experienced a year-long struggle with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and almost being deported, who now lives in fear in what was once for him a city of hope, installed at the Old City District headquarters. To Lisa Kelley’s weavings that connect the struggles, the despair, and the stories of hope surrounding addiction and the opioid epidemic that’s sweeping large sections of our city and the country at Arch Street Meeting House. To Yasmine Mustafa and Monica O‘s collaborative poster at the African American Museum in Philadelphia about privilege and the Birth Lottery, the the idea that no one can choose the circumstances they’re born into, so why not work to recognize this more and engage each other with more empathy. To Shawn Theodore‘s installation on Elfreth’s Alley (pictured above) that serves as A Reminder that for those in this nation with ancestors who persevered under the tyranny of slavery before and after colonial independence, that change, that revolution, has truly yet to arrive.

With ​Revolutionary​, I want the juxtaposition of contemporary art with social and political themes over historic place and architecture to pull a thread through history to the hopes and challenges of our present day.

Much more on each of these 13 Revolutionary artists’ work and their locations below, but first there’s two things you should know: Read more…

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Joe Boruchow Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at Spruce Street Harbor Park

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Joe Boruchow
Title of Artwork: Transition 3
Location: Spruce Street Harbor Park

Artist Statement:
This is the last in a series of cutouts I made during the transition period between Trump’s election and his inauguration. It continues to disturb me to watch folks become inured to the constant barrage of outrages coming from the administration. It is a hypnotizing torrent and as we fall back into our daily routines we submit to it.

Work by Joe Boruchow is available for purchase here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

A Brilliant Dummy Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at The Moshulu

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: A Brilliant Dummy
Title of Artwork: Fearless
Location: The Moshulu

Artist Statement:
Fearless showcases work that expresses what it means to be fearless and wonderfully made. The pieces take viewers through a simple, yet colorful and pure imaginative interpretation of various emotions from struggling with insecurities, finding balance in purpose, fighting fear with love, and ultimately overcoming!

To purchase any of these prints by A Brilliant Dummy, please contact the artist here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Ishknits Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at The Shambles

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Ishknits
Title of Artwork: I Will Answer Injustice with Justice
Location: The Shambles (2nd and Lombard)

Artist Statement:
This piece is part of an ongoing series of knit and crochet installations featuring quotes by the Game of Thrones character, Daenerys Targaryen. The quote is part of a conversation that begins, “Sometimes it is better to answer injustice with mercy” to which Daenerys replies, “I will answer injustice with justice.” This request for mercy is one heard often by those who have been treated unjustly, generally coming from those people and systems doing the oppressing. But injustice has only one solution. It is basic and fundamental. There is no confusion. If there is injustice, we will answer with justice. And these systems should not underestimate the will, strength, and courage of those who seek it.

Work by Ishknits is available for purchase here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Michelle Angela Ortiz Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at Old City District

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Michelle Angela Ortiz
Title of Artwork: Se Siento El Miedo
Location: Old City District

Artist Statement:
The portraits are stills from a video interview of community member, Cruz. Cruz lives in Philadelphia and shared his experience with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and almost being deported. He spoke about his year long struggle with wearing a probation bracelet, being intimidated by ICE agents, and living in fear in what was once for him a city of hope.


 
“They (ICE) arrested me and I was detained for about 8 hours… I got out of there around 6… They sent me home but with an probation bracelet. I had to put it on and not leave the house in 12 hours. Only for about 12 hours during daylight I could move around out of the house, but in the evening I had to be back home.”

“I had that on me for about 4 months and I went to work with it, and came back home in the evening. Every two weeks they would come and search my house. They frequently made phone calls to me.”

“At the beginning, I had to sign papers every week and later every two weeks. Until I could get rid of that thing, I felt that I was in prison. To tell you the truth I was not in peace in the street, doing the shopping or anything. I used to work for about ten hours, so I had only half hour to go to work and another half hour to come back home. That was about all the time I could spent outside, and I could not hang out in the street.”

“I still feel little scared but not a lot now. Step by step you get to learn what you can get from this country… and hope that you have few rights.”

To purchase this piece by Michelle Angela Ortiz, please contact the artist here – support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Zoë Cohen Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at the National Museum of American Jewish History

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Zoë Cohen
Title of Artwork: Shkoyach
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History

Artist Statement:
Shkoyach is a temporary projection to be displayed at the National Museum of American Jewish History. In this project, a series of pairs of watercolor portraits will be projected at monumental scale within the NMAJH’s lobby. On a walk through the museum’s educational displays and collections in the main galleries, I collected some of the images on view of Jewish women engaged in social justice work across 100 years of American history. I then researched images of Black, Latina, and Asian women engaged in the same types of public actions, strikes, protests, and organizing meetings. The resulting watercolor portraits are intended to offer a personal and humanizing response to the extraordinary and ordinary heroism of these women. The title, Shkoyach, is a Yiddish expression often used to acknowledge and appreciate an act of bravery, wisdom, or chutzpah. It is a contraction of the more formal Hebrew “Yasher Koach”, and the literal translation is “May your strength be directed forward”. The expression, and this project, acknowledge both the importance of what has already been done, and the importance of using our strength for future action.

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

Karina Puente Installs for #RevolutionaryArt at La Colombe

May 24, 2017

Artwork by: Karina Puente
Title of Artwork: Papel Picado: Oil Spill Consciousness
Location: La Colombe (6th and Market)

Artist Statement:
I choose to raise consciousness about oil spills through the perspective of an underwater protagonist – La Sirena The Mermaid. This is one way to recall the stories of oil spill tragedies we remember and continue to face today. About 530,000 gallons of oil have spilled from the Belle Fourche Pipeline in western North Dakota this year. Over 142,000 gallons of crude oil covered the coastline of my California hometown beach in 2015. By personifying the wild life affected by the spills – my work aims to inspire a culture shift where we examine solutions collectively.

My name is Karina Puente and I create art that is rooted in the traditional Mexican folk art called Papel Picado (cut paper). Cutting into, out of, and through material is my way of writing, of transforming heritage and story into a sensory, symbolic, and consciousness-raising experience. My large scale and durable Papel Picado artwork is a tool to uplift the stories of marginalized communities and to shine light on obstacles affecting our environment. My great, great grandmother was a seamstress by trade and toggled the Mexican and Texas border for work. Working from home, heart, and by hand is my way of honoring her legacy while deepening connection to my culture and activism.

Work by Karina Puente is available for purchase here. You may also reach out to Karina if you’re interested in purchasing any of these three pieces, or if you’re interested in commissioning your own Papel Picado artwork, by contacting the artist here. Support local artists, y’all!

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Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition is a six-week exhibit of 13 contemporary Philly-based artists installed at 13 locations across Philadelphia’s Historic District. Exploring the spirit of revolution, the artists chosen for #RevolutionaryArt are looking at the world around us with a critical eye and creating works of art that challenge the political and social status quo. Commissioned by Visit Philly and curated by StreetsDept.com’s Conrad Benner, more on the exhibition – including a map of all the installations – can be found here!

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