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DESIGN IN REVOLUTION: A 1960s ODYSSEY

WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
WHEN: February 3rd – September 9th

Counterculture takes center stage in this examination of 1960s art. Visitors can examine how artists and designers responded to the sundry cultural and political tumults of The Sixties, a time when Pop Art, psychedelia, the civil rights and anti-war movements, and rock ‘n’ roll all melted together to influence a decade of liberation and loss. Take a peek into the Swinging Sixties, and see a creator’s perspective on a socially revolutionary time in American history.

CARY LEIBOWITZ: MUSEUM SHOW

WHERE: Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street
WHEN: February 2nd – March 25th

Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show is the first comprehensive survey and solo museum exhibition of Leibowitz’s work. Bringing together over 300 paintings, installations, photography, and other pieces, the exhibit features work from 1987 to the present day. Leibowitz’s typical modes and themes are ever-present; bright colors, bold images, and self-effacing messages weave together topics like identity, kitsch, modernist critique, and queer politics while drawing on a gay and Jewish perspective. Leibowitz pushes the boundaries of traditional art through his idiosyncratic mix of pop culture and profanity, ensuring an exciting and thought-provoking display of art. Don’t miss this new iteration of Leibowitz’s exhibition, including never-before-seen pieces and special events.  

BENJAMIN WEST & THE FOUNDING OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS & THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS

WHERE: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street
WHEN: March 2nd – June 3rd

Visitors to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) can investigate how Benjamin West helped to found arts academies in both England and the United States. Born outside of Philadelphia, West studied painting in Europe and founded the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London in 1768. He remained in England were he was court painter to George III and educated American artists in his studio. Through more than sixty paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and books, this exhibition explores West’s role in establishing the RA and PAFA. It also features other artist-founders of PAFA.  

KEITH SMITH AT HOME

WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
WHEN: February 17th – July 8th

Keith Smith is known for his unusual combinations of materials to chronicle the moments of friendship, love, and desire in his own life. The exhibition features a variety of Smith’s mixed-media photography, prints, and artist’s books from his own collection. Photography, watercolor, sewing, quilting, book making, transparencies, photocopies, and other modes of craft and art all come together in Smith’s works, with very few dividing lines between the different forms. Smith’s personal life and greater explorations of domesticity, intimacy, and self-representation flourish in this engaging experience.

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