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New exhibits in Philadelphia this month feature projections, live performances, contemporary design, and World War I through artists’ eyes. Head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art of the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art to see some of the best new shows in November.

JITISH KALLAT: COVERING LETTER

When: Opening November 13th, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat brings his immersive installation and video project to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in November. A historical letter by Mahatma Gandhi, written to Adolf Hitler weeks before the start of World War II, is projected onto a curtain of fog. Kallat’s invitation for self-reflection and contemplation of peace and tolerance are represented in Gandhi’s peaceful and advocating words.

MELT/CARVE/FORGE: EMBODIES SCULPTURES BY CASSILS

When: Opening November 19th, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art

The groundbreaking photography, video, sculpture, and performance work of performance artist Cassils comes to life in the artist’s’ first solo museum exhibition in the United States. The live performance, called Becoming An Image, features Cassils attacking a 2,000 pound block of clay in the light of only a photographer’s flash. The final result of the pummeling—which represents confronting the silent history of violence against transgender people—is a collection of fist, knee, and elbow imprints that create a sculpture of mangled bodies. Additionally, Cassils will exhibit a series of concrete and bronze sculptures called The Resilience of the 20%, which are cast from the bashed remnants of the Becoming An Image performances.

DESIGN CURRENTS: OKI SATO, FAYE TOOGOOD, ZANINI DE ZANINE

When: Opening November 19th, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art

The links between context and creativity are highlighted in Design Currents’ presentation of the work of three contemporary designers. Oki Sato of Tokyo, Faye Toogood of London, and Zanini de Zanine of Rio de Janeiro push the boundaries of furniture, product, and environment design. The exhibit examines each designer’s distinct culture and vision, and highlights experimentation with artisanal and manufactured materials. Sato’s digital renderings and prototypes are minimal and polished, and often mirror Japanese pop culture. Innovative furniture and clothing design are emphasized in Toogood’s work, and de Zanine weaves mid-century Brazilian design with modern sculptural technique.

WORLD WAR I AND AMERICAN ART

When: Opening November 4th, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art

World War I and American Art revists art made during and after the First World War, and showcases the event through the eyes of American artists. Eight different themes, spanning before the war began to after its conclusion, follow the narrative of the war and how artists chronicled their experiences. Over 150 works by almost 80 artists include a variety of stylistic visions and personal viewpoints to create a massive exploration of the American psyche during World War I.