Philadelphia blossoms with new art exhibits throughout the year, and the spring season is no different. From cutting edge new-media exhibits, to some classic American paintings—the art on display in town this spring has plenty to offer viewers. For more specific ideas, see our guide to Philadelphia’s best art exhibits in spring 2018.
Institute of Contemporary Art at UPenn, Now – August 12
Curated by artist Nayland Blake, this ongoing exhibition will continue to push boundaries and draw crowds through the Philadelphia spring and summer. Exploring how the expanse of digital technologies and fandom subcultures—the exhibit consists of a collection of sculptures, installations, and paintings with themes of same-sex love and interracial desires.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 14 – July 15
Modern artist Jean Shin takes everyday objects like worn-out shoes, old pieces of clothing, and military fatigues to create enveloping installations for this highly-regarded exhibit. The six-large scale works are visually stunning, and environmentally sound, as they come from donated and discarded materials.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, April 18th – September 3rd
The first half of the twentieth century was a burgeoning time for arts, industry, and cultural development in America. Modern Times focuses on that era, and how artists responded to the revolutionary changes with their own visual revolutions. Check out work from Georgia O’Keeffe and Jacob Lawrence among others here.
Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, April 6th – May 27th
PAFA alumnus James Harvard is a renowned painter and sculptor with a fifty-year career under his belt. Talking Color is a selection of his current figurative works that celebrate his personal return to Philadelphia, after living in New Mexico for a while. The museum describes his works as, “playful and mysterious open-ended narratives.”
Woodmere Art Museum, June 2 – September 3rd
The Woodmere Annual is one of the most respected showcases of local artistry in Philadelphia. Choosing from submissions from artists living within 50 miles of the museum, this year’s exhibit will call work that references, “the land, the transience of the body, and the skill of the maker.” If that piques your curiosity, check out what the jurors pick this spring and summer in Philadelphia.
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