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The art scene in Philly heats up exponentially in September, with the upcoming FringeArts Festival and multiple show openings. Here are our favorite new exhibits coming in September:

CLASSICAL SPLENDOR: PAINTED FURNITURE FOR A GRAND PHILADELPHIA HOUSE

When: Opened September 3, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art

In 1805, Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife hired Benjamin Henry Latrobe to fashion their home on the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets. Latrobe placed central importance on the drawing rooms, and furnished the social spaces with the assistance of a variety of artisans. The suite of furniture that Latrobe designed is the focus of Classical Splendor, and showcases the stunning pieces inspired by classical Greek and Roman art that eventually influenced American design. Ten pieces of the original set, including painted chairs, elaborate chaises, and gilded tables, will be on display.

BEN VOLTA: PATTERN PROCESS

When: Opening September 21, 2016
Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Ben Volta’s public murals and sculptures are often a deftly woven examination of how individuals and institutions can influence education, restorative justice, and urban planning. The Alumni Gallery at PAFA will feature projects created with students and incarcerated youth in Philadelphia as part of collaborative projects. Layers of social, historical, and political musings are intricately overlaid in murals with plant life, geometric patterns, planets, and everyday items being brought to life on a grand scale.

BRUCE NAUMAN: CONTRAPPOSTO STUDIES, I THROUGH VIII

When: Opening September 18, 2016
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bruce Nauman’s extensive portfolio includes a broad range of media, including sculpture, photography, video, drawing, and printmaking. Contrapposto Studies, I through VIII showcases new work by the prolific artist that follows his radical and innovative projects. Seven large-scale projections are accompanied with sounds and create a complex web of images and sound. Footage of Nauman walking in contrapposto, or “counterpose,” is presented; the artist walks exaggeratedly along a tall and narrow corridor, with his movements displayed in both positive and negative, and forward and backward. The compelling visual and accompanying soundtrack create a one-of-a-kind exploration into audio and visual experimentation.

THE FREEDOM PRINCIPLE: EXPERIMENTS IN ART AND MUSIC FROM 1965 TO NOW

When: Opening September 14, 2016
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art

Avant-garde jazz and experimental music are the forefront of this group exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The sounds of the 1960s that were born in the African American arts scene on the South Side of Chicago are examined in their own right, as well as part of a continuing influence on contemporary art and culture. Tracing the history of the new language and art forms inspired by black nationalists, The Freedom Principle fuses music, history, and art in a visually stunning exhibit. Installations, paintings, posters, and photography will be on display.