Thursday, March 29, 2012

Anna Neighbor (lecturer) exhibit in Kansas City

Anna Neighbor (UPenn Lecturer) and artist Corey Antis have an exhibition opening at Greenlease Gallery on Friday, March 30th in Kansas City. If you're traveling through the midwest, check it out!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Matthew Day Jackson lecture March 28 in Meyerson Hall


Wed. 28 March, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Meyerson Hall, Room B3
University of Pennsylvania

Matthew Day Jackson (born 1974, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Wilson, WY) is an American artist whose multifaceted practice encompasses sculpture, painting, collage, photography, drawing, video, performance and installation. Since receiving an MFA from Rutgers University in 2001, the response to his numerous solo exhibitions has proved him to be one of the most inventive and though provoking artist of his generation. Jackson's work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in both private and public collections.

Please RSVP for tickets to this event.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tetsugo Hyakutake (MFA '09) exhibition and lecture at PPAC 3/29

Tetsugo Hyakutake Artist Reception and Talk

Exhibition ongoing through June 11th
Thursday, 3/29, 6:30 – 8:00, $15

In conjunction with the Silent Existence exhibition Tetsugo Hyakutake will be giving a talk about this project which deals with the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit north eastern Japan only a year ago.

*Proceeds from the reception will be shared with the Japan Society for their Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

The Silent Existence exhibition marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011. Over the years, Hyakutake has worked with Japan as the theme of his art, investigating pathos in relation to historical, social, and economic issues involving industrialization and urban and social development.

Japan has been suffering from the aftermath of the tremendous earthquake and tsunami that devastated vast areas in North eastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The disaster was an immense shock to the nation, and the quake and tsunami laid waste to entire towns and villages along the Pacific coast. Hyakutake chooses to work with contemporary issues in relation to their historical contexts. Through his artwork, Hyakutake create what he calls his own “truth” formed from the influences and experiences he has absorbed. His images attempt to portray only one version, but by doing so, he hopes to be able to bring out other meaningful “truths” that may lie deep inside the audience.

** In partnership with Gallery 339 and Alan Klotz Gallery, PPAC will also be selling two disctinct prints by Tetsugo Hyakutake during the course of his exhibition at PPAC. 100% of the proceeds from print sales will go to the Japan Society.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Penn Student Design looks for submissions for Calendar Contest 4/2/12

Penn Student Design (PSD) is running a student photo contest for the Penn academic calendar that is sold to staff and faculty through Penn Student Agencies. We are looking for Penn-related photos: landscapes, Penn events, etc., and we're awarding $50 per photo used. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012, and all submissions should be sent to More information is available on PSD's website:

They are also looking for a photographer or two to join their design team, so interested Penn students should get in touch.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Artie Vierkant ('09) in March 2012 Artforum

A full PDF of the article "Photo Op" on Artie Vierkant ('09) by Brian Droitcour can be found here on his website. Please take the time to read it and congratulate our alumni like Artie that are making waves in the contemporary art world.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

UPenn Undergraduate Senior Thesis 2012 opening 3/20

Opening reception March 20, 2012 5-7pm
Exhibition ongoing from March 20- April19
Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery

The Senior Thesis Exhibition and catalogue reflect the work made in a yearlong project-based course. The Senior Seminar course, the capstone of the major within the Fine Arts Department, culminates in a final body of work that reflects intense research, process, discipline and experimentation in a chosen medium. Much time, thought, and struggle has been put forth.
This is the culmination of the senior Fine Art majors’ hard work and determination. They have been refining their methods and materials, and by now have amassed awareness and understanding of their projects’ objectives, concerns, dilemmas, as well as a conscious understanding of all of their disparate and multi-layered influences.

Featured artists include: Tenaya Anue, Becky Bailey, Jillian Blackwell, Lynda Brody, Alex Goree, Alex Hovnanian, Connie Ko, Weiren Liu, Sayra Lopez, Quintin Marcus, Amanda Murphy, Claire Niebergall, Jesse Rappaport, Alex Remnick, Sarah Shults, Elise Wrabetz, and Allison Zuckerman.

Monday, March 12, 2012

First Among Equals opens at the ICA 3/14

WEDNESDAY / 14 / MARCH / 2012 / 6:30PM

Please join ICA Philadelphia for the opening celebration of First Among Equals. In a moment of unprecedented social connection, how do artists work together outside of their individual practices? Focusing on Los Angeles and Philadelphia, First Among Equals considers the various modes that contemporary artists have developed to work with their peers and reach across generations. Cooperative, if at times contentious, contributions to the show include performance, publications, curatorial projects, and artworks that incorporate the work of other artists. Who comes first in these relationships? By highlighting the dynamics of negotiation, dialogue, influence, contingency, and competition at work in contemporary artistic practice, First Among Equals resists the notion that collaboration equals consensus.

First Among Equals draws on the respective communities of the exhibition's curators. Philadelphia participants include Bodega, Alex Da Corte, Extra Extra, and Marginal Utility and Machete Group. Los Angeles participants include Kathryn Andrews, P&Co., Mateo Tannatt, and Wu Tsang.

Opening Celebration
Wednesday, March 14, 6:30PM
Celebrate First Among Equals with a DJ set by Wendy Yao of Ooga Booga (Los Angeles), a performative sculpture by Kathryn Andrews, complimentary La Colombe coffee, and a cash bar. The evening begins with an exhibition walkthrough with participating artists and curators Alex Klein and Kate Kraczon.

Participants: Kathryn Andrews, Bodega (Elyse Derosia, Ariela Kuh, Lydia Okrent, James Pettengill, Eric Veit), Alex Da Corte, Extra Extra (Derek Frech, Joe Lacina, Daniel Wallace), Machete Group (Avi Alpert, Alexi Kukuljevic, and Gabriel Rockhill), Marginal Utility (Yuka Yokoyama, David Dempewolf), P&Co. (Aram Moshayedi, Carter Mull, Jesse Willenbring), Mateo Tannatt, Wu Tsang

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Photo-ethnography workshop with Lawrence Salzmann 3/16

Laurence Salzman
Photo-ethnography Workshop
Friday, March 16 12:00-2:00PM
Morgan Building, White Room
205 S 34th Street

Philadelphia PA 19104

Visions of Younger Days, from the series Garip: The Turkish Sheepdog, 2010

A documentary photographer and filmmaker since late 1960s, Laurence Salzmann has exhibited his work widely in Europe, Israel, Turkey and in the United States. Salzmann is a Pew Fellow, and recipient of numerous grants for his works.
Salzmann's work Echele Ganas will be a keystone exhibit for De Peublo A Pueblo, a city-wide Philadelphia Mexican Cultural Festival from April 27-June 16.

Please join us for this informative talk, which will touch on Salzmann's editorial priorities for his work with photographs and films. Together we will inquire about the relationships he creates between his work and the human subjects that he photographs. Salzmann will illustrate the discussion with excerpts from his works in Romania and Cuba, including Last Jews of Radauti (1974) and Imagining Cutumba (2004.)

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Hennessy Youngman (Jayson Musson MFA '11) curates ITSA SMALL, SMALL WORLD

Youtube hip hop-meets-art world personality and how-to-art guru Hennessy Youngman (played by Jayson Musson UPenn MFA '11) will be curating an upcoming show at artist Maurizio Cattelan and New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni's new gallery "Family Business" at 520 W. 21st Street in Chelsea. As his call for entries on YouTube suggests, Hennessy will be displaying all work that is brought to the gallery for submission from 10am-7pm March 30th-April 1st. The exhibition will be called "ITSA SMALL SMALL WORLD" and opens on April 3rd at 6pm.

As Hennessy himself says: "If you didn't get into the biennial, the triennial, and didn't even get into the Brucennial, then you know: bring your work to Hennessy."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Artie Vierkant (UPenn '09) in ArtForum Magazine

Image Objects (2011 - ongoing)
Six-pass UV prints on machine-cut sintra, altered documentation images

Artie Vierkant, an undergraduate UPenn fine arts alumni (SAS '09) who majored in photography, has been written about in a wonderful review and feature article in the latest issue of Artforum. The article is entitled "Photo Op" written by Brian Droitcour and can be found on pages 111-112. The piece goes on to discuss his interesting gallery and web based process with formalist photographic installations that are only documented through a series of altered/doctored images meant to exist on the internet. Therefore the work you consume online is not representative of the physical installation. Vierkant's work aims to address the role of image reproduction in our contemporary society reliant on the internet. In his own words, his work “concerns the degree to which digital media constitute fully tangible objects, actors which are both pliable and physical, structures to be broken into pieces and reconceived.”

We will post the full article when it is linked to online, otherwise please pick up a copy of the March issue of Artforum on your local newstands!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hennessy Youngman (Jayson Musson, MFA '11) featured in NYTimes article

Join us in congratulating UPenn alumni Hennessy Youngman for his recent NYTimes article "Biting Humor Aimed at Art" written by Austin Considine.


The videos are funny partly because they are incongruous: insightful jabs made by a hip-hop personality whose faux-outsider perspective is intended to challenge the art world’s pretensions and inaccessibility. In his most-watched video, “How to Make an Art,” Hennessy sarcastically criticizes his audience for using terms like “talent” with regard to art — while wearing a baseball cap depicting Ernie from Sesame Street and an outsize medallion of a pharaoh.

“Hennessy comes out of a specific reaction to graduate school and the academic, fine-art world that I was exposed to at school,” said Mr. Musson, who received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania last spring.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Day in the Life of Penn

A Day in the Life of Penn is a University Communications photography project highlighting the work of student, faculty, and staff photographers from throughout Penn to illustrate a single day on campus: April 12, 2012.

Thursday April 12, 2012

The project will document the pace and energy of life at Penn through the eyes of the community in the form of a photo essay. Starting at sunrise, the participating photographers will capture images of campus activities throughout the morning, the afternoon, and into the evening.

The University Communication's department hopes to showcase the beauty of the Penn campus, academic life, tours and activities with potential students, community engagement, research, athletics and recreation, and other activities. Once captured, "A Day in the Life of Penn" will be presented on a multimedia website built to also include opportunities for interactivity and user engagement.

For more information please contact UCOMMS-WEB@LISTS.UPENN.EDU

Guidelines & Submissions

  • Maximum of 4"x6" @ 300 dpi, high quality JPEG. Please keep RAW / original image for archiving.
  • Submissions must contain embedded file info with description of subject matter including photographer'sname, location and time that the photo was captured. Please get photo ID's when possible.
  • Images must be taken during a 24 hr period of Thursday, April 12th.
  • Images must be submitted by Monday, April 16th.
  • By submitting images to this project you agree to allow the Office of University Communications to use for stock and marketing purposes.
  • Method for submitting photos will be announced next month.