Y’all, October is Mural Arts Month and this year’s line-up of events and installations is freaking INCREDIBLE! So incredible, in fact, that (full disclosure!) I’ve decided to work with Mural Arts to host a walking tour of their soon-to-be Spring Arts Mural District. More on that below!
The month kicks off with four BIG mural unveilings by Steve (ESPO) Powers, Joe Boruchow, Isaac T Lin, and Peter Ferrari (mural pictured above) and a party at the brand-spanking-new Murals at Swanson Walk in South Philly this Friday:
1) The Mural Arts Month Kickoff Party
WHEN: Friday, SEPT 30th from 6–10pm
WHERE: Snyder Avenue and Swanson Street
Mural Arts Month 2016 kicks off with a night of art and magic to celebrate the Murals at Swanson Walk: four new murals in South Philadelphia’s Snyder Plaza, part of a partnership with the Goldenberg Group. Enjoy DJ music and dancing to music from a group of Philly DJ legends, past and present: DJ Cash Money, Cosmo Baker, Gun$ Garcia, and DJ Royale. Also look forward to great food from Philly’s premiere food trucks, and live performances from Circadium. FREE, with $5 suggested donation.
2) The ‘Mind Over Media’ Panel Discussion with Shinique Smith and Derrick Adams
WHEN: Sunday, OCT 2nd from 3–4:30pm
WHERE: Barnes Foundation
Who tells our stories? And what details are most likely to get left behind on the cutting room floor? Join artists Shinique Smith and Derrick Adams as they explore the ins and outs of mass media, content creation, and how to add artist and student perspectives to national discussions around race, youth, and media. FREE.
3) The One-Night-Only Installation ‘Unsung’ at the Rail Park
WHEN: Friday, OCT 7th from 6–10:00pm
WHERE: 11th and Carlton Streets
Innovative venues deserve innovative art. This fall, Mural Arts is partnering with Friends of the Rail Park and the American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter, to repurpose an old train trestle into a bustling public commons and an unusual venue for public art. Sound artist and composer Nadia Botello and video artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib will intertwine sound and imagery in a one-night-only installation on First Friday, inside the tunnel at 11th and Carlton Streets, inspired by the history of the surrounding neighborhood. FREE. Read more…
A new installation popped up Thursday on the campus of Temple University‘s Tyler School of Art. Created by Kara Springer, a Tyler Sculpture graduate student, the piece is to the point: “White people. Do something.”
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To anyone unfortunate enough to read the comments, please note:
1) None of the racist commenters below have ever commented on this site before, that is to say that they are not my normal readers/audience.
2) This post is now being shared all across the Internet and the commenters below are coming from some terrifying websites/forums, like this one: http://www.f169bbs.com/bbs/news/328667-white-people-do-something
3) For now I’ve decided to approval all comments to out these racist people and highlight the bigoted ideology that installations like ‘White People. Do something.’ aim (I imagine) to tackle.
4) White people. Do something: If you see friends or family making comments in this vein on your Facebook feed or in real life, confront them on it. Talk with them. Send them a message. Do not just let it slide by.
“You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.”
The ability for street art to exist and be shared across digital platforms is transforming both public reactions and generational social cognizance. In a society where those retaining power hope to control cultural environments and social exchanges, artists become creators of repeatable images of truth.
SO excited to announce Philadelphia, Goddamn, a group show co-curated by Eric Preisendanz of Little Berlin and myself featuring art and artists that seek to expose, reveal, represent, and reflect the truths of our time!
Then again two weeks later for an Artist Panel Discussion:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 6-8pm
So excited to be an official sponsor for Bainbridge Green‘s first annual Brunch Fest, a fundraiser to build 20,000 square feet of NEW park space in the Queen Village/ Bella Vista/ South Street neighborhood!
The event will feature top chefs from around the city cooking up delicious foods to be served on the street where Bainbridge Green park will one day – with all our help – be located.
If you support open space in Philly – please consider clicking HERE to learn more and purchase your ticket!
I think it almost goes without saying that more dynamic parks and open public spaces in our city can offer a LOT of really great opportunities for artists. Like this trio of electrical box murals currently on Bainbridge Green, curated by HAHA x Paradigm! More art in our parks, please!