The Best New & Unique Art Exhibits In Philadelphia

Check out some of Philadelphia’s best new art exhibits this month, with explorations of Louis Kahn’s architecture, experimental black poetry, the EPI’s groundbreaking work in printmaking, and a collaborative glass project.

LOUIS KAHN: THE POWER OF ARCHITECTURE

Where: Philadelphia Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch Street
Open: August 11th – November 5th

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture will feature over 200 objects related to master architect Louis Kahn’s buildings and projects. Architectural models, photographs, plans, original drawings, and films will be on display at the final stop of a major international tour examining Kahn’s work.

Known as one of the greatest American 20th century architects, Kahn’s work remains significant today; contemporary designers continue to draw on Kahn’s mastery of light, spatial systems, and symbolism. From his early urban planning to later works like the Roosevelt Memorial in new York City, all of Kahn’s most important and monumental works will be showcased. A selection of watercolors, pastels, and charcoal paintings created during Kahn’s travels will also be on display.

SPEECH/ACTS

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
Open: September 13th – December 23rd

Speech/Acts is an interactive group exhibition that will tackle a myriad of topics and issues through experimental black poetry. Some of the themes that will be explored include the manipulation and formation of social realities, the connections between speech and other noises, and the ways in which cultural constructs shape black American experiences.

A reading room will also showcase the work of a few select poets, and an illustrated catalogue featuring reprints, new poetry, and an essay from the curator will be provided. This group exhibition will feature turing works by artists Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Steffani Jemison, Tony Lewis, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Martine Syms.

A COLLABORATIVE LANGUAGE: SELECTIONS FROM THE EXPERIMENTAL PRINTMAKING INSTITUTE

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 – 128 N. Broad Street
Open: August 12th – November 5th

The Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) at Lafayette College brings together students and professional through experimentations in print. For 20 years, the not-for-profit national leader in fine arts prints has hosted national and international exhibitions and inspired print editions, artists books, and further experimental works.

The Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is celebrating EPI’s 20th anniversary by showcasing over 60 of EPI artist’s works. The endless possibilities of paper come alive, and the work of various printers and Lafayette students highlight the imaginative ways to approach the print artform.

PREMUTATIONS: A COLLABORATION FEATURING ANNE BOOTHE & NANCY COHEN

Where: Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
Open: Through August 20th

Anne Boothe’s and Nancy Cohen’s extensive collaborative project, entitled “Between Seeing and Knowing,” has been in the works since 2012. The piece, which is comprised of hundreds of glass objects, reinterprets the symbolism in Tibetan Buddhist paintings.

A variety of techniques like kiln-casting, fusing, and sand-casting were used to create the soaring work. Boothe has worked with glass for over 35 years, while Cohen for more than 20. Boothe and Cohen have enlarged the original project for the Philadelphia Art Alliance.