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Have you been waiting for the right exhibition and opportunity to submit your work to be part of DesignPhiladelphia? Now’s you’re chance! Philly Works is an exhibit, installation, and database of functional objects of all scales, quantities, and production techniques that are mare in Philadelphia and the region. So get to it and start submitting that work!
With over a hundred participants in ninety-some events and thousands of attendees, this was certainly a week to remember… All manner of exhibitions, workshops, open houses, book signings and more scuttled Philly’s creative community all around our sprawling city all in the name of local design. Disarmingly delightful and immensely insightful, DesignPhiladelphia 2008 has proven to be our biggest event to date. Here’s to another outstanding success for you-us and many more to come. :)
If you’re so inclined, you can (re)view images from events (taken by yours truly) by simply checking out the DP Flickr page. Or for additional pics taken by a hearty handful of design devotees in and around our fair city, feel free to click on any of the images above. Want to share your own Flickr photos with the crew? Just tag them with “designphiladelphia” and we’ll be sure to pick ‘em to show n tell. Now how about that(!)
Though you almost certainly aware, there still are a number of ongoing events to see and to share. Please be sure to round out the days and weeks ahead filling in the gaps of what you may have missed in the flurry of this past week’s DesignPhiladelphia events.
Ed Ruscha: Industrial Strength
FWM’s inaugural exhibition in its new permanent home. The show features Industrial Strength Sleep, a new tapestry created by Ed Ruscha in collaboration with FWM, in addition to several related works by the artist. Admission: $5 adults, $2 children
The Fabric Workshop & Museum
1214 Arch Street
Daniel Eatock: Extra Medium
The work of London-based Daniel Eatock (b.1975) constitutes an inventive response to the everyday shaped by a keen sensitivity to formal and conceptual coincidence. Trained as a designer with clients that include the BBC and the Walker Art Center, Eatock strives to avoid subjective composition while reorienting the given values of readymade objects, standards, and procedures. “Extra Medium” is Eatock’s first individual exhibition in the United States and coincides with the publication of Imprint, a new monograph from Princeton Architectural Press.
Arcadia University Art Gallery
450 South Easton Road, Glenside, PA
AIA Awards for Design Excellence 08
Celebration of Design will present the award winners for the 2008 AIA Awards for Design Excellence. AIA Philadelphia’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements by member architecture firms in planning, design and execution of architectural projects, and promotes the public appreciation of design quality.
The Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place
1616 Chestnut Street
A Clean Break: Pop up Neighborhood
A vacant lot becomes a prefab neighborhood for two weeks with full-scale modern, sustainable, affordable homes designed by international architects. Curated by Minima gallery, the outdoor exhibition also features urban farming, environmentally-friendly furniture, lighting, transportation, public art and other high-design, low-waste consumer products.
313 S. Broad Street, at Spruce
Sustainable Design Window Display
Industrial Design students of The Art Institute of Philadelphia explore sustainable designs of all kinds through a special topics class taught by instructor Kreg Jones.
The Art Institute of Philadelphia
1610 Chestnut Street
Product 01, Build 02
Product 01 presents output from the product design course in the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design concentration from Spring of 2008. The course, taught by Josh Owen and assisted by Bryce Gibson, was designed to explore intersections of functionality and performance using an experimental platform to rediscover opportunities within the built environment to create domestic products.
Build 02 presents a portion of the output from sophomore industrial design studio at Philadelphia University from Spring of 2008. Several selected projects from this course will not be on view at this exhibit but will be shown at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City in May 2009.
222 Vine Street
Throughout Alexander Calder’s life, the artist produced more than 1,800 jewelry works of art, each made entirely of hand. This is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to his unique body of jewelry work, and consists of approximately one hundred objects, including necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, and tiaras. Admission: $7
Philadelphia Museum of Art
DogHaus 2008 Designer Show Home
Since its inception in 2003, DogHaus has become one of Philadelphia’s largest and most anticipated annual design homes uniting designers and animal lovers in an effort to help abused and neglected animals in the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s DogHaus will transform over 25 spaces of the Edgcumbe House in the heart of Chestnut Hill into an innovative yet livable showcase of design talent. $25 admission to benefit the PSPCA.
8860 Norwood Avenue (Chestnut Hill)
Snyderman-Works Galleries is honored to present Joyce J. Scott’s first-ever solo exhibition in Philadelphia. A forceful combination of historian, narrator and maker, nothing is off limits for Scott. She uses an unexpectedly heterogeneous array of materials – beadwork, hand-blown glass, appropriated African sculptures and masks, found objects- skillfully combining them into narrative sculptures. The installation at Snyderman-Works Galleries will occupy most of the 3000 square foot main exhibition space.
303 Cherry Street
Judith Hoyt: Constructions & Jewelry
Encaustic paintings and sculpture with found materials, created by Judith Hoyt, will be on display at the Works Gallery, in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia.
303 Cherry Street, Old City
Charrette: Architecture for Humanity
In April 2008 Drexel’s Dept of Architecture & Interiors organized a Design Charrette for multi-disciplinary teams of students to address humanitarian problems. Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, gave a public lecture in the Arfaa Lecture Series and, over the following four days, led this charrette. The 13 teams of students responded to these humanitarian architectural challenges – Sustainable Portable Classrooms in Louisiana and Philadelphia, A Sport Acupuncture/ Archery Center, Bhutan, and a Sport Acupuncture/Futsal Center, San Paolo, Brazil.
Center for Architecture
1218 Arch Street
Wool as Art
This exhibition will showcase the very graphic, new work by Turkey’s premier feltmaker, internationally recognized wool-master, Mehmet Girgic. Mr. Girgic uses unspun, naturally dyed wool for his art felts, created and rolled entirely by hand, in the ancient, traditional manner – with no machines or chemical intervention.
51 N. 2nd Street
2008 DVGBC Sustainable Design Student Competition
The Delaware Valley Green Building Council and the Center for Architecture invite you to an exhibit of the winning entries from the 2008 DVGBC Student Sustainable Design Competition, showcasing local college students’ creative concepts for a sustainable agricultural high school campus. The display will include submissions from Temple University, Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Community College of Philadelphia and Philadelphia University architecture students.
Center for Architecture
1218 Arch Street
Classical Newari Paintings and Reinterpreted Decorative Arts
Mukti SIngh Thapa has revived the classical Newari style of Thangka painting with works of stunning detail. Blue Lotus Gallery has commissioned modern decorative arts made by Kathmandu Valley craftspeople based on traditional methods and motifs.
Blue Lotus Gallery
1314 Sansom Street
DREAM STONE: Black and White Abstract Chinese Marble
A modern installation of ancient Chinese objects, natural pattern of the Dali Marble in black and white with brush stroke, cloud movement, mist and rivers… and spaciousness. Call for gallery hours.
310 N 11th Street
Mary McFadden: Goddesses
Inspired by the art and culture of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Indian and African civilizations, renowned fashion designer Mary McFadden has assembled a pantheon of creations for the adornment of the feminine form. Gowns and clothing ensembles and jewelry spanning the designer’s thirty-five year career, as well as McFadden’s personal collection of textiles, are featured in this exhibition organized by Moore College of Art & Design in celebration of the College’s 160th Anniversary.
Goldie Paley Gallery, The Galleries at Moore
20th Street and The Parkway
Challenge VII: dysFUNctional
Functional design twists into dysFUNctional contemporary art. Included are objects and videos that were never intended to show together. The artists designed components that work with and against each other in content, form, surface and movement – evoking humor, curiosity and suspicion.
Wood Turning Center
501 Vine Street
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