Art Events 02/03 – 02/09

Michelle Lopez

Institute of Contemporary Art | 118 South 36th Street
Thursday, February 6 | 6:30PM

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Michelle Lopez has been included in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; LAXART, Los Angeles; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; the Public Art Fund, Metrotech Center, NY; and the Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA. In 2019, she was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Her solo exhibition, Ballast & Barricades, is on view at the ICA through May 10, 2020. In the exhibition, Lopez employs a formal, fragmented architectural language to critique symbols of nationalism, power, and consumption. Known for her sculptural works that recast histories of minimalism and everyday objects through a feminist lens, in this exhibition Lopez brings together a selection of recent sculptures alongside a monumental, site-specific installation that creates a suspended cityscape reduced to rubble. Here, blockades, borders, flags, and natural elements bleed together while remnants of construction sites and scaffolding create a delicate system of counterweights and counterbalances—all meticulously crafted by hand. For Lopez, this sculptural terrain is suggestive of an ongoing history of bodies and violence in the absence of figuration. It is an urban landscape fabricated out of the material remains of crisis, teetering on the brink of collapse.

Tuesday, 2/4
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
hosted by: Mary Osunlana and Kwynasia Young
Waist Beads, n., single or multiple strands of beads made from various kinds of glass, metal, crystal, bone, and wood, worn around the waist and stomach. Waist beads have been worn for centuries by women in many West African cultures. They are a popular way for Black women in the diaspora to connect to their ancestors and celebrate their heritage and cultural practices. Join us for an evening of beading and conversation on self-love in the diaspora.

Wednesday, 2/5
Povich Journalism Program
12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
hosted by: Dick Polman
DAVID ZUCCHINO author of the new book Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, is a contributing writer for The New York Times. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his reporting from South Africa. He’s a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of Lebanon, Africa, inner-city Philadelphia, and Iraq. He has reported from more than three dozen countries, most recently from Iraq. He is the author of two other books Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad (2004) and Myth of the Welfare Queen (1997). Zucchino worked as a foreign and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times from 2001 to 2016, focusing on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Before that, he worked for 20 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer, as the bureau chief in Beirut, Lebanon; Nairobi, Kenya; and Johannesburg. For The Inquirer, he also covered the Middle East, Africa and wars in Chechnya and the former Yugoslavia.

Activist Poster Workshop with Josh MacPhee of Justseeds – Letterpress Printing

Guest artist Josh MacPhee of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative and the Interference Archive will lead a fun, hands on workshop on creating activist poster graphics. This afternoon’s workshop takes place in the letterpress studio, with a focus on creating with type from the Common Press collection. Working in small groups, participants will brainstorm, design, and create a poster about a timely issue, from inception to completion. Bring your most passionate issues and a willingness to collaborate. Leave with a letterpress printed poster you created!

Priority registration will go to Penn student, faculty and staff. Limited space; register here to reserve your spot.

Non-Penn participants will be added as space allows. Add yourself to our waiting list here.

Location: Letterpress studio, Fisher Fine Arts Library, Lower Level, 220 S. 34th St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Date:Sunday, February 9, 2020
Time:2:00pm – 6:00pm
Fisher Fine Arts Library

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