Funeral for a Home
“The Meaning of Time” — the first major U.S. solo exhibition of the Korean artist Yeesookyung — will include new works from her Translated Vase series. These biomorphic sculptures are a mash-up of discarded shards of ceramic waste fused with gold-leaf-covered epoxy, mutant works that evoke traditional Korean aesthetics and forms. This exhibition at Locks Gallery is a contemporary lead-in to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s pioneering “Treasures from Korea” collection (see right).
Feb. 7-March 15, Locks Gallery, locksgallery.com.
ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963
The Institute of Contemporary Art turns 50 this year, and to mark the occasion they are hosting 50 micro-exhibitions that open every two weeks. These events will feature artists from the ICA’s past and future including locals such as Thom Lessner, Anthony Campuzano and Isaac Tin Wei Lin. Attending just five of these dynamic programs will win you a free ICA membership. Keep checking their site as the schedule unfolds.
Feb. 12-Aug. 17, Institute of Contemporary Art, icaphila.org.
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910
Comprising of more than 150 works drawn primarily from the National Museum of Korea’s collection, “Treasures from Korea” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the first full-scale survey in the United States to be devoted entirely to the art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty.
March 2-May 26, Philadelphia Museum of Art, philamuseum.org.
Katharina Grosse Project
The name of this highly visible project is still TBA, and details are shaky, but Berlin-based visual artist Katharina Grosse is working with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to create a site-specific installation along the Northeast rail corridor between 30th Street Station and points north. The artwork will be temporary and transform over time, “creating a choreographed experience that moves viewers through time and space.”
Spring, between 30th Street and North Philly stations, muralarts.org.
Funeral for a Home
In May, Temple Contemporary will celebrate the life and mourn the passing of a single home in the Mantua community. This funeral is a large collaborative effort with artists (Jacob Hellman and Billy and Steven Dufala), local residents and various civic groups. The ceremony itself will follow many of the customs associated with a Philadelphia service, including a procession, viewing, spoken testaments by loved ones (residents and neighbors) from the stoop, music, a meal and, of course, final goodbyes. As attendees watch the home be demolished, all are invited to gather and pay their last respects.
May 31, 3711 Melon St., funeralforahome.org, templecontemporary.org.
Force Field Project
Call it a derelict cousin of Hidden City Philadelphia. Curators Tim Eads, Joe Bartram and Joe Patitucci are joining forces with videographer Raul Romero and photographer Carlos Avendaño to create art to fill empty spaces. The project is currently seeking innovative work in the fields of installation, performance, dance, video and sound art. Applications are due Jan. 31. The festival will launch at the former Jo-Mar building (1000 E. Venango St.) and will become an annual event.
June 21-22, Jo-Mar, forcefieldproject.com.
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