Forthcoming Exhibitions - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Space is the Place

October 20 to December 30, 2007

Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
The theme of space exploration—its infinite potential, as well as its historical successes and failures—is the focus of Space Is the Place, featuring installations, paintings, works on paper, and sound and video works made during the past ten years by an international group of contemporary artists. Global attitudes toward this subject have changed radically between the time the Soviets launched their Sputnik satellite nearly fifty years ago and the explosion of American space shuttles in 1986 and 2003. Despite recent setbacks, travel to outer space remains a powerful catalyst for contemporary artists, inspiring nostalgia, fantasy, and, at a time of great terrestrial conflict, consideration of serious earthly concerns. While these works are united by the primary theme of outer space, the open-ended parameters of the subject also invite consideration of issues relating to the technological, environmental, and sociopolitical forces affecting life on earth. The title of the exhibition derives from a 1974 movie about an influential jazz-fusion band, whose leader, Sun Ra, spoke of making music sublime enough to elevate humanity beyond Earth, transcending reality. Much like the cosmic themes of Sun Ra, Space Is the Place reaches out toward the inviting realm beyond our planet. Featured artists include Laurie Anderson, Nina Katchadourian, Oleg Kulik, Julian LaVerdiere, Aleksandra Mir, and Jane and Louise Wilson, among others.

Stephen Powers: New Work

October 20, 2007, to January 27, 2008

Morris Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

Powers, who was born and raised in Philadelphia’s Overbrook section and has resided in New York since 1995, is an internationally known graffiti artist who has recently been embraced by the contemporary art world. Using the idiom of the billboard and the storefront, Powers, using his graffiti moniker ESPO, has created many illicit outdoor murals which riff off the capitalist marketing experience. Beginning in 2004 and ongoing, Powers participated in and co-curated Dreamland Artist Club an ambitious project on the Coney Island amusement boardwalk, in which he and several other artists worked with low-income business owners to improve commercial signage. Recently, Powers has been making narrative painting installations, still very much informed by signage, in which he recounts through a clever balance of verbiage and imagery, graffiti tall tales, autobiographical missives, and various urban legends.

Out of the Chateau: The Demuth Museum Collection

September 22 - December 7, 2007

Historic Landmark Building

This is the first touring exhibition of the permanent collection of the Demuth Museum in Lancaster, PA. The city of Lancaster provided Modernist and Academy alumnus Charles Demuth (1883-1935) with both artistic inspiration and personal refuge and is where the artist created the vast majority of his works. Lancaster was also a counterpoint to his engagement with an international community of artists. The exhibition includes 40 works by Demuth in various watercolor and oil from throughout the artist’s life.

Cecilia Beaux, American Figure Painter

February 2 - April 13, 2008

Fisher Brooks Gallery, Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building

Cecilia Beaux, American Figure Painter is the first critical examination of the beloved Academy alumna and features nearly 85 oil paintings, works on paper, and decorative objects that examine the artist’s place in American art history.

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