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July 22, 2014
PAFA presents David Lynch: The Unified Field
on view September 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015. The Unified Field is the first major US museum exhibition of David Lynch, who attended PAFA briefly in the 60's, featuring works from all periods of the filmmaker’s career: approximately 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to present, many of which have rarely or never been shown to the public.
July 21, 2014
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Join CreativeMornings at PAFA for this month's lecture, Heritage, with Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers from The Heads of State, an award-winning Philadelphia-based design studio. Click here to read more about The Heads of State.
July 15, 2014
The Curated Home is an installation of furniture, art, and decoration curated by Val Nehez of Ennis Nehez and Michael Garden of CITYSPACE at 503 Fairmount. Click here to learn more. Visit Curated Home for an open house this weekend, July 19-20, from 12-2PM.
July 15, 2014
The 17th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, dubbed Brave New Voices, is coming to Philadelphia this week. Read more about BNV on the web here. The week of events, celebrating and challenging creative approaches to literary arts education and literacy development in young people, culminates this weekend with Hoodstock, presented in partnership with Philadelphia Urban Creators. This event will feature discussions and learning opportunities on gardening, permaculture, food justice, free breakfast, storytelling, live performances and community activism. Featured programming includes urban gardening, the MC Olympic Finals, and food grown by Philadelphia Urban Creators. Featured Presenters include host Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Astronauts Really Fly, among others.
July 11, 2014
Join artist Ben Volta and members of the Restorative Justice Guild program for the dedication of Amplify, a mural that mimics sounds projecting from a gramophone and amplifying as it moves across the wall. Guild members explored and extensively photographed the Union Transfer building and collectively developed a unique design reflecting on properties of music, sounds and the amplification of voice. Enjoy live music, tasty summer treats, and more at this special event.
June 10, 2014
Hidden City Tours & Events provide immersive experiences of remarkable places, illuminate their stories, and afford networking opportunities among their growing number of members. Hidden City tours range from focused explorations of single sites to walking tours drawing thematic connections among multiple sites.
June 2, 2014
In this three-hour hands-on class students will gain an overview of how neon has been developed and used to create signs, art, and architectural detailing. You will be shown how neon colors are made, types of signs, electrical transformers, and neon-related hardware. Images will be projected illustrating neon applications and iconic neon signs. This class is geared towards anyone who wants to learn about or use neon, and will go into more depth than the neon walking tours or talks held at the Center. Admission for this class will be limited to 20 participants.
Germantown Hall, 1997
May 29, 2014
Join photographer Vincent Feldman at the Center for Architecure on a tour of images taken from his book, City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia. These photographs portray aspects of the decaying architectural landscape of Philadelphia during the 1990s to early 2000s, images not unknown to current Philadelphia residents. Mr. Feldman’s work illuminates the struggles and controversies that haunt preservation in the nation’s most historic center. Feldman will show highlights from the project and tell stories behind the photographs to shed light on the city’s troubling late 20th century history.
May 20, 2014
Today we joined our friend Karen Randal at the Philadelphia Department of Commerce on a Manufacturing Reimagined tour of Printfresh Studios. Drawing from a tremendous wealth of design talent in Philadelphia, Printfresh specializes in hand-done and organic graphics, prints, embellishments, and embroideries for leading fashion companies around the world. Don't miss your chance to join Amy and Leo Voloshin on a tour of their business and design center next Tuesday, May 27th.
March 6, 2014
John Gallery, Former Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, investigates William Penn's plans for the grand city in his colony of Pennsylvania. Did you know that Pennsylvania was given to William Penn's father by the King of England to pay off a personal debt? It remains the largest grant of land to an individual in history.