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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    The exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance Through His Eyes focuses on Richardson s photographs taken at Holmesburg Prison Built in 1896 and in continuous use until 1995 Holmesburg was notoriously known as the site of a controversial decades long pharmaceutical and biochemical weapons research project involving testing on inmates Richardson described Holmesburg as a place of stark crumbling horrors that once took hope from body and soul Despite the

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/paul-richardson-through-his-eyes/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    as images drawings and sketches from Daley s studio providing an intriguing glimpse of his studio Famous for his intricate drawings and library of forms molds and ingenious handmade tools Daley draws inspiration from natural and man made structures from cultures and regions across the globe In 1969 Philadelphia Art Alliance presented an exhibition of Daley s work sponsored by the Philadelphia Council of Professional Craftsmen a professional group established in 1967 by Helen Drutt Daley was at the forefront of a group of Philadelphia artists working in various craft media whose creations were complex and sculptural and whose studio practice was both passionate and scholarly In the decades since his last exhibition at the PAA Daley has become an internationally renowned artist whose work may be found in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art the Philadelphia Museum of Art Los Angeles County Museum the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam His site specific installations are to be found throughout Philadelphia including the ceramic screen he created for the Ritz Theater in 1978 As an influential and beloved educator he has trained and inspired generations of artists and designers and has trained the eyes of students in a wide array of disciplines Daley is still making new work at age 88 in his Elkins Park studio Mud Architect from Thomas Porett on Vimeo William Daley was born in Hastings on Hudson New York on March 7th 1925 His father a house painter and avid lover of poetry and the arts fostered William s creative appetite After surviving prison camp during World War II Daley went on to attend The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where under the G I Bill he received his Bachelors Degree in 1950 After graduation William

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/william-daley-14-for-7/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    their childhood families were large and individuality was suspect says PAA curator Sarah Archer Their daughter s 21st century Chinese girlhood is vastly different Song ErRui is bilingual in English and Mandarin an avid basketball fan and thanks to her parents occupation a sophisticated world traveler The Way of Chopsticks addresses this fascinating generational divide with aplomb referencing objects we encounter on the smallest cultural scale the household to explore a story that is shaping their entire nation In addition to a free public opening reception Thursday September 12 6 8 pm and a series of artist talks food tastings gallery tours and family workshops more details follow below The Way of Chopsticks will be accompanied by a scholarly catalog including essays by Professor Eileen Boris University of California Santa Barbara Professor Wu Hung University of Chicago Philip Tinari Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Beijing and an interview with Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen by Philippe Vergne Director of the Dia Art Foundation New York About the Chopsticks Series Since 2001 the Beijing based artists have collaborated on a signature long term conceptual art project that balances the importance of independence and partnership they create singular large scale chopstick sculptures built according to certain agreed upon parameters but completed in isolation Neither artist knows what the other will do until the final sculptures are revealed and joined together The artists believe that chopsticks serve as an ideal metaphor for family neither one can function creatively or as parents without the other About the Artists Song Dong has been a prominent figure in the Chinese art world since the early 1990s when he first came to attention through performances such as Breathing His practice embraces performance installation video and photography but the references are always highly personal based

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/song-dong-and-yin-xiuzhen-the-way-of-chopsticks/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    personal anecdotes and memories Spivack has been collecting and documenting these stories in all their raw honesty on the Sentimental Value website sentimental value com and acquiring the objects in the process This exhibition is the first installation of Sentimental Value in its corporeal form presenting original source objects alongside the original unedited text from the listings Spivack found on eBay A short video narrated by Spivack highlights additional unedited anecdotes along with their corresponding eBay photographs An exhibition catalog with essays from Emily Spivack Sarah Archer and Rob Walker is available for purchase at PAA and online here Biography Emily Spivack has spent the past ten years exploring the way that clothing functions from a variety of cultural historical and therapeutic perspectives Since 2007 Spivack has been collecting stories about clothing and memory from eBay posts for the web based art project she curates Sentimental Value In 2010 Spivack launched Worn Stories a collection of stories she edits from interesting people about clothing and memory A book of Worn Stories will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2014 Spivack is the creator and writer of the Smithsonian s blog about fashion history called Threaded For six years she

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/emily-spivack-sentimental-value/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    were de accessioned from the Fashion Institute of Technology FIT and given to me by Anthology Film Archives These short films dated 1950 to 1980 are educational documentaries about textiles as art craft fashion decoration vocation military camouflage feminist expression and scientific metaphor After watching the movies I cut and sew them into configurations based on popular American quilt motifs For my Sunshine and Shadow quilts I dismantled the narratives of the historical films and re interpreted their thematic concerns In each work I intermingled footage to create a dialogue between the images inside the frames and the patterns that emerged from the overall quilt designs I freely altered the footage by scratching it painting over it or bleaching it in the sun and also used countdown leader credits and my own films Images of hands at work spinning yarn dyeing cloth and feeding fabric into machines are repeated throughout the show says Gschwandtner referencing not only my labor and similarly tactile experimental filmmaking methods but also the historical connections between pioneering cinema and sewing The sprocket mechanism of an early movie camera projector was modeled after the newly popular sewing machine and Hollywood s first film editors were women who were hired for their agile sewing fingers Biography Sabrina Gschwandtner received a BA with honors in art semiotics from Brown University 2000 and an MFA from Bard College 2008 She has exhibited her work internationally at institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum 2012 Victoria and Albert Museum London 2011 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 2010 Bucharest Biennale 2010 Gustavsbergs Konsthall Sweden 2009 the Museum of Arts and Design New York 2007 Contemporary Art Centre Lithuania 2007 Socrates Sculpture Park NY 2005 and SculptureCenter NY 2004 She has lectured at art schools universities and museums worldwide including Harvard University the

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/sabrina-gschwandtner-sunshine-and-shadow/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    of narrative content only served to strengthen the technical capacity and innate proclivity towards symbolic expression of artists designers and craftsmen working in fiber during that time Since Lithuania s independence in 1991 artists have gained the freedom to draw upon their cultural patrimony and traditional motifs as well as a global visual vocabulary mixing media as well as concepts varying vastly in scope from idyllic rural mythology to the ethereal and urbane Today a reverence for the traditions of crochet embroidery and appliqué is evident even in experimental and interdisciplinary forms of textile art with installations that include video sound music and unusual materials such as nylon paper wood silicon glass coffee hair polyethylene synthetic fibre wire bark and wire LTextile is organized by Egle Ganda Bagdoniene Vice Rector at the Academy of Arts in Vilnius and PAA Curator Sarah Archer The artists represented in are some of the most esteemed working in Lithuania today including Laima Oržekauskienė Žydrė Ridulytė Monika Žaltauskaitė Grašienė Severija Inčirauskaitė Laura Pavilonytė Vita Gelūnienė Lina Jonikė Jūratė Petruškevičienė Jurga Šarapova and the collective Try3 Vladas Daškevičius Aleksas Gailieša and Audrius Lašas Lithuanian textile artists enjoy successful appearances in numerous and exciting exhibitions prestigious events and competitions held locally and abroad The work by the artists included in this show has won awards from the international Łódź Poland Kyoto Japan Peking China Budapest Hungary Bratislava Slovak Republic Kaunas Lithuania and other exhibitions competitions Commenting on the exhibition Lithuanian Honorary Consul Krista Bard states I am honored and delighted that the Philadelphia Art Alliance America s oldest multidisciplinary arts center is presenting the first US exhibition of our finest contemporary Lithuanian textile artists For centuries textiles have been a dominant expression of our cultural identity As early as 4000 BC Lithuanians were spinning yarn from linden

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/ltextile-contemporary-fiber-from-lithuania/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    Nova Book Signing ceramics classical craft sale design fabric fashion fiber film glass installation Jazz jewelry lighting metals mixed media Music painting performance photography poetry prints Reading sale sculpture serigraph shop textiles wallpaper works on paper Date Month January February March April May June July August September October November December Year 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 Past Exhibitions Current Exhibitions Upcoming Exhibitions Sondra Sherman Found Subjects January 26 2012 to May 3 2012 See More Miss Rockaway Armada Let Me Tell You About a Dream I Had September 30 2011 to December 30 2011 See More Robert Baines A Treasury of Evidence May 20 2011 to August 21 2011 See More Matthew Alden Price Stills May 20 2011 to August 21 2011 See More Chad Curtis Speculative Landscapes May 20 2011 to August 21 2011 See More J entends les trains depuis toujours I keep hearing the trains for ever A video installation by Tania Mouraud April 8 2011 to May 11 2011 See More Kickin Back Design for Leisure January 27 2011 to March 25 2011 See More Yesterday s Tomorrow New Works by Dylan Beck January 27 2011 to March 25 2011 See More The Sitting Room

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/past-exhibitions/page/4/ (2016-02-12)
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  • PhiladelphiaArtAlliance | contemporary craft + design
    as extensions of the body and in certain cultures they have been revered as sacred objects with lives of their own Lasser says The artists choice of tools is as diverse as their modes of expression and range from the ancient to the high tech Silversmith Ndidi Ekubia used a hammer and woodworker David Gates employed a saw while ceramist Caroline Slotte used a dental drill and Hongtao Zhou used his hands to melt wax which he then used to sculpt Burniture a chair designed to melt from overuse Ethan Lasser recently joined Harvard Art Museums as the Margaret S Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art The Chipstone Foundation is a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts The Milwaukee Art Museum s holdings include more than 25 000 works spanning antiquity to the present day With a history dating back to 1888 the Museum houses a collection with strengths in 19th and 20th century American and European art contemporary art American decorative arts and folk and self taught art The Tool at Hand is accompanied by a digital publication featuring essays by Ethan Lasser Ezra Shales Kate Smith and David Gates Each artist in The Tool at Hand was asked to make a video The videos show a range of studio practices and each artist narrates the footage in their own way discussing their tool or how the challenge inspired them to think about how they work All works in this exhibition and the videos were made in 2011 Helen Carnac Lives and works in London UK Found Recorded Relayed Prints on paper and found objects Tool Rolling Mill David Clarke Lives and works in London UK Dead on Arrival Sterling silver and lead

    Original URL path: http://www.philartalliance.org/exhibition/the-tool-at-hand/ (2016-02-12)
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