Like the Confederate monuments around the country, the sculpture of Rizzo is salt in an open wound for many of the city’s residents of color.
Meredith Sellers is an artist, educator, and writer currently living and working in Philadelphia. She earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts in 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently works at the Mütter Museum, developing cross-disciplinary arts curriculum and workshops. Her personal art practice resides somewhere between painting, video, and installation. meredithsellers.tumblr.com
The Political Problems of the Contemporary “Flâneur”
An exhibition at the Barnes Foundation uses the theme of the contemporary flânuer to draw connections to its 19th-century collection, but the concept is deeply muddled.
New Jersey’s One Million Acres of Undeveloped, Otherworldly Land
David Kessler spent six years filming the Pine Barrens’ landscape and its inhabitants, capturing the area in every imaginable state and season.
A Female Pioneer of Electronic Music Retakes the Stage
Suzanne Ciani, a pioneer of electronic music in the 1970s and ’80s, played her Buchla 200e in a rare improvised performance at a small Philadelphia theater, and it was completely packed.
Tripping Through an Artist’s Fabrications, from a Faux Art Movement to a Looney Tunes World
Matt Freedman is at heart a storyteller, working for years as a writer and cartoonist. Stringing together obtuse veins of thought, he fabricates alternate realities and histories.
Plié Meets Twerk in a Performance of Black Queer Joy
In Jumatatu Poe’s work, movements that appear classical blend seamlessly with voguing, African dance movements, and J-Sette, a style sprung out of black Southern drill teams.
3D-Rendered Visions of Dystopia, Inspired by the Housing Market Crash
PHILADELPHIA — Up the stairs on the second floor of Locks Gallery, you’ll find an exhibition of landscapes. These aren’t the boring, pastoral, plein air landscapes you’ll find for sale in droves up the street in Old City.
Sexual and Playful Inflatable Bodies
PHILADELPHIA — Nancy Davidson’s sculptures have a bombastic quality, like an overbearing, gaudily dressed aunt who has just arrived late to a family gathering.
The Personal and Poetic Prints of a Female Pioneer of Copier Art
GLENSIDE, Pa. — I was not particularly excited to see a show of copier art. How different could the images of these photocopies be from the actual copies themselves?
Learning to Read Objects Like Letters
PHILADELPHIA — The “I”-shaped table is set up as if it contained a presentation of recently excavated artifacts.
By Turns Offensive and Transgressive: Philadelphia’s Folk Art Mummers Parade
PHILADELPHIA — 2016 has not been a good year for the annual New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.
The Postmodern Political Art of 1990s Mexico City
PHILADELPHIA — In the wake of major governmental ineffectiveness following a massive earthquake in 1985, artists in Mexico City began building a vibrant DIY arts movement and searching for less traditional modes of expression.