I had to come to Fisher Fine Arts to write about it. I had to sit under the quotes from Shakespeare that line the Victorian windows of the main reading room; I had to look at the studded brass decals on the staircase; I had to enjoy the quietude that has led the girl next to me to zip her bag so slowly it doesn’t make a noise.
Designed by the renowned Frank Furness in the 1880s and officially dedicated in 1891, FFA was originally the University’s main library.
Virgil Marti, a well–known Philadelphia artist and curator of Set Pieces, a show currently on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art, has given new life to decorative art pieces long forgotten in PMA’s storage facilities.
Friday, Nov. 12: Maserati with Psychic Paramount and Steve Moore, Kung Fu Necktie, $10
The name of this three–piece from Athens, GA says it all: sophistication, precision and most importantly, lightning speed.
With so many tricky social situations, it can be tough to maintain proper decorum. Here are two experts from opposite ends of the earth (one goes to Drexel and one goes to Penn) to give you their advice on everything from dating to dinner parties.
Friday, Nov. 12: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Os Mutantes with Old King Cole the Younger, the Trocadero, $17–19
Ariel Pink has been making music for years, recording over 500 lo–fi tracks in his bedroom by using his mouth and even his armpits as percussive instruments.
Sculptor Robert Engman is perhaps best known for “Triune,” a trifold Moebius strip that stands majestically outside City Hall, but his sculpture “Quadrature #1” is one of the most inspiring works I have ever encountered in this city.
Nothing is strange about Mark Cohen’s Strange Evidence at the PMA. Rather, Cohen presents the ordinary and often mundane to the fraction of the PMA crowd that visits the Perelman Building: a lone newspaper, kids playing, old women bundled in scarves in both black and white and color photographs.
Friday 10/15: Blonde Redhead with Pantha du Prince, Electric Factory, $20
Japanese and Italian exports Blonde Redhead have been channeling the soul of 80's shoegaze for years with their dreamy guitar riffs and melancholic trilingual whispers.