David Lynch coming to PAFA, CALL FOR ARTIST for Eraserhood Forever exhibit

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.

The Unified Field will also include a selection exploring the early work of David Lynch and its origins in Philadelphia and in the Callowhill/ Chinatown North neighborhood sometimes referred to as the Eraserhood, an inspirational experience to the artist and home to experiences which led him to filmmaking in 1967.

Lynch's earliest short films, The Alphabet and The Grandmother, combined animation and live action and were made in Philadelphia. Lynch moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and went on to direct films such as Eraserhead (based on his experiences living in Philadelphia), Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, and Mulholland Drive, as well as the TV series Twin Peaks.

Click here to learn more about David Lynch: The Unified Field.


In conjunction with the exhibit, PhilaMOCA is hosting the third installment of the critically-acclaimed Eraserhood Forever exhibit. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 5th from 6 – 10PM. Eraserhood Forever is a celebration of Chinatown North/Callowhill, the neighborhood behind the Convention Center that Lynch lived in during his time in Philadelphia, famous for the grimy industrial buildings - now converted into the Callowhill Industrial Historic District's luxury lofts - that have influenced Lynch's work.

The CALL FOR ARTISTS is currently open. All mediums are welcome, although some restrictions apply to video, 3D pieces, and sculptures. To submit your work, please click here or email Jay Bilinsky and Michael Carroll at [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is August 27, 2014.

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More from PAFA Senior Curator

and curator of the exhibition, Robert Cozzolino, “Throughout his career, Lynch has maintained that in Philadelphia ‘something clicked.’ Philadelphia was a dark and dangerous place, but it also fueled immense creativity for him. Lynch has said that the biggest inspiration of his life was the city of Philadelphia. The industrial ruins, urban decay, and strange visual juxtapositions Lynch experienced in the city struck him as beautiful because of, rather than despite, the emptiness and horror.”


Click here to learn more about David Lynch at PAFA this fall, and film community partners, in celebration of David Lynch.


Something Clicked in Philly: David Lynch and His Contemporaries

In addition to the exhibition, PAFA will present Something Clicked in Philly: David Lynch and His Contemporaries in the Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery, on view September 13 – December 28, 2014. To learn more about this exhibit, click here.


more information on PhilaMOCA

PhilaMOCA, located at 531 N 12th Street, is housed in the historic Finney & Son building, a former showroom for tombstones and mausoleums that dates back to the mid-1800’s. The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art is a multipurpose art space that showcases the best in underground, alternative, and DIY culture with a concentration on film and performance.


Photo by Mark Berry, compliments of PAFA.

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