this post is way over due, but i didn’t want to skip it. back in mid August, my boyfriend and i spent the day in Philadelphia checking out art museums. rather, he graciously let me drag him around the city seeing art exhibits the weekend they were due to close (hurray procrastination!). we started at the Perelman Building, an annex of the Philadelphia Art Museum, where i hoped to see the final weekend of their much buzzed about show Craft Spoken Here. let me first say that as a Philadelphia native and an artist, i am not ever excited about anything the Philly Museum has to offer. its seemingly yearly retrospectives of impressionist and post-impressionist painters i’m sure draw crowds, but i am not a part of those crowds. however, i had never been to the Perelman next door. the Perelman is smaller, but it offers a glimmer of contemporary hope in a historic city. i actually didn’t enjoy the exhibition that brought me there, but walked away excited by the other works on display and eager to see what else they have coming up on the calendar.
please disregard the quality of these iphone photos and go see the real exhibition! it is still up and runs until October 28, 2012. Mark is a Philadelphia area native and features her high school alma mater in this exhibition. over the course of three years, she visited thirteen high schools and took portraits with a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid Land Camera- yes, these photos are REAL Polaroids, not imposters! which really makes this project all the more incredible. the exhibit as a whole is an interesting peek at regional and class differences across the country. check it out!
the above photos are of three separate screenprinted tapestries designed by Eleanor McMaster Kluck and Henry Kluck. i can’t find much information about these two designers other than this archive of work on The Art Institute of Chicago’s website. the three tapestries are supporting works for a fiber-themed installation show showcasing pieces by Ted Hallman, Sheila Hicks, and Jim Hodges.
this Jim Hodges piece was actually created in Philadelphia at the Fabric Workshop and Museum and is currently on display there as part of a retrospective show! check it out
after we wrapped up at the Perelman, we headed across town to the Institute of Contemporary Art in University City to see the final weekend of Stefan Sagmeister’s museum-overtaking exhibition entitled The Happy Show.
what a crazy show! Sagmeister, one of my favorite designers, filled the top floor of the museum with his musings to attempt to let viewers into his mind as he “attempts to increase his happiness via mediation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.” there were hand-written messages scrawled everywhere, several interactive portions, and video streams of his upcoming feature of a similar title- The Happy Film. here are images of some of my favorite portions:
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