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My Top Five Fall Picks

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Fall is a time for art. Whether you associate the season with going back to school, or are just too upset that the cool weather doesn’t linger like it used to, there is always something to do and see in fall. After pope mania dies down and you’ve returned to (what’s left of) the city, check out my top five art events to participate in this fall.

  1. Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life, Philadelphia Museum of Art, October 27, 2015 – January 10, 2016

The exhibition focuses on still lifes as a genre, and the variety of approaches taken from the genre’s beginnings in the late 1700s up to the 1960s. “The exhibition will be divided into four chronological sections that mirror still life’s periodic resurgence in the United States.” The exhibition’s title, which received half an eye roll from me—we get it, people will come to see Warhol and purchase tote bags with his work printed on them—hints at long list of featured work, including still lifes from Raphaelle Peale, William Michael Harnett, and Arthur B. Carles.

  1.  Josephine Pryde: lapses in Thinking By the person i Am, Institute of Contemporary Art, through December 27

The ICA is currently featuring the first work of Pryde to be shown in a US museum exhibition. The exhibition has everything: close-up photos of hands, a miniature train—okay, perhaps not everything, but the photographs assert a contemporary feel that we have grown to expect from the ICA’s shows.

  1.  Memorabilia, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, September 12, 2015 – November 15, 2015

The FWM has long been one of my favorite art establishments in the City and has attracted phenomenal talents. This season composer, musician, and theater artists, Cynthia Hopkins, celebrates prior musical theater performances through “the materials collected from the detritus of Hopkins’ performance pieces.” The objects (hand-written notes, fragments of her costumes and props woven into quilts) flirt with concepts of mourning experience, but could potentially resonate as an unfinished product. The FWM opens the exhibition doors for a public reception on October 2, 2015.

  1. Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, dates throughout October

If you have never participated in POST or visited a local artist’s studio, you should absolutely partake. The tour will introduce you to new local art and artists. I highly encourage you to find work that you like and BUY it! #supportlocalart

  1. Signs of Change: Opening Reception + Artist Panel, October 14, 2015

Next Stop: Democracy and Streets Department partner with 60 local artists and ask, “Can 60 of Philly’s most inspired artists help to increase voter turnout this coming Election Day, November 3rd, 2015?” The show displays a collection of “Vote Here” signs from NoseGo, Isaiah Zagar, Joe Boruchow, Kid Hazo, Old Broads, Dominic Episcopo, Gaia, Anthony (Seper) Torcasio, Harlequinade, Darla Jackson, Kelly Kozma, Hawk Krall, Brendan (Peopledelphia) Lowry, Amber Lynn, Ryan Beck, Jessie Mademann, Sean Martorana, Dennis Murphy, Mike L. Perry, Sophie Roach, Miriam Singer, Jason Andrew Turner, Mac Whalen, Aubree Eisenwinter, Sean Brown and many more. This is an event you will not want to miss.

Photo by Ahd Photography



Amanda is an artist and writer living in Philadelphia. Her work has been displayed at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, featured at festivals, and in events with Fait Du Vide Collective. Amanda has published with Philly.com, the Philadelphia Daily News, Art Attack, and VICE Media. In her spare time she likes to drink and draw naked ladies.

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