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The Burden of Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

by S V Km
When the Philadelphia Museum of Art announced  last November, my reactions were mixed. The timely press release reporting that the museum would showcase a retrospective of African American art felt almost like a needed institutional response in a year notable for the increased visibility of racial injustice and police brutality in the US. Given Philadelphia’s large black and activist communities, expectations for the PMA to accurately and sensitively trace two centuries of art in one exhibition... [more]
Posted by S V Km on 2/12/15

Here, Listen: Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals

by S V Km
 “ revels in the unknowable as essential to human experience. The exhibition bears witness to incomplete presences and resonant remainders. It finds in music a measure and a reckoning with these elusive forces and the abyss that lies between.”  —Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla   Gesamtkunstwerk, as German-defined, is a work that sums all arts—aural, visual, and performative—to total a perfect affective state. No other word seems capable of describing the mission of Jennifer Allora... [more]
Posted by S V Km on 12/12/14

Craft Services

by Marcus Civin
I dreamed about columns. As if pulled from the sea, solid pillars seemed to hover, a totem from some fantastic marshy planet. It had been a week since I’d wandered through , curated by Elisabeth Agro at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Howard Ben Tré’s columnular Structure 23, 1984, was not the only work to haunt me; many works in the museum begged to be touched, handled, felt. Craft like this, made by hands, begs for hands. In the museum, I was glowering on the floor,... [more]
Posted by Marcus Civin on 6/26/12
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