HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT KOCH PLAZA?

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This week, Koch Plaza was unveiled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a (somewhat expected) protest was staged (via The Illuminator), resulting in the arrests of three of the protestors. Their stance was symbolic opposition to the Met accepting this gift from David H. Koch, a major donor to conservative causes. In using a projector to … Continue reading

Fifth Wall: NAPOLEON member Christina P. Day at the Art Alliance

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NAPOLEON member Christina P. Day’s solo show, Fifth Wall, opens at the Philadelphia Art Alliance this week. The phrase fifth wall references a marketing campaign created by the interiors industry to encourage the addition of wallpaper to the ceiling in a home.  It is the concealment of an overhead floor, a seal of interior facing walls- … Continue reading

An Essay by Liza Coviello: devynn emory’s Personal Public: On Gender Variance in Performance Art

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devynn emory’s Personal Public: On Gender Variance in Performance Art An essay by Liza Coviello Work that an artist puts out into the world deserves a conversation, whether that conversation is expected or desired. devynn emory’s Personal Public investigates how one performance artist creates social change, whether knowingly or not, by challenging the status quo … Continue reading

NAPOLEON Member Marianne Dages at the Free Library

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NAPOLEON member Marianne Dages is a in a two-person show with Emily Cucalon at the Free Library’s Central Branch this September. The show is on the 2nd floor of the Print and Picture Collection, and runs September 1st through October 12th. Stop by the opening reception on Thursday, September 4th from 5:30-7:30! More info on the show … Continue reading

Maggie Casey in the Inquirer

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Edith Newhall Reviews “Breaker” Included in the review: ‘Interchange’ at Moore and ‘zip line’ at Tiger Strikes Asteroid According to Edith Newhall, “sometimes summer means pulling out all the stops. Two solo shows on the second floor of 319 N. 11th St. are prime examples.” In the review, Edith Newhall recognizes that Maggie Casey’s “methods … Continue reading

TheArtBlog reviews Perfect Lovers

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Tyler McPhee’s Show receives acclaim from TheArtBlog.org Michael Carroll Reviews ‘Perfect Lovers’ In the review, Michael Carroll praises McPhee. “Throughout the show, McPhee tactfully weaves an open narrative within each of his works, then leaves the viewer to unravel the story.” He goes on to say: Altogether, Perfect Lovers reads as a biographic showcase of … Continue reading

August 2nd: Maggie Casey and Jason Young discuss Breaker

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NAPOLEON is pleased to announce additional programming in conjunction with Breaker will be taking place on Saturday, August 2 at 3pm. Join a discussion between artist Maggie Casey and Philadelphia-based library scientist Jason Young as they discuss the role written directions play in the record keeping and replication of activity-made commodities. Focusing on both recipe and textile pattern methodologies, Casey and Young … Continue reading

KnightArts.org reviews ‘Perfect Lovers’

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Chip Schwartz on Tyler McPhee’s Solo-Show He too finds the ocean a great inspiration In the review of McPhee’s show, Schwartz praises his arrangements. Of the title piece, Schwartz says: …longing and heartfelt notions of love and loss are explored by way of the mirror image of a lighthouse. Reflecting in such a way that … Continue reading

Word of the Day: GUGGEN-HIM

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Issues surrounding gender discrimination and equity, gender variance, and in visibility and discrimination for the gender non-conforming have been on my mind lately, more so than usual. As I am organizing a show for Napoleon in September on some of these topics, I am discouraged (and additionally, feel pressed) by the continued slights shown by … Continue reading

Title Magazine reviews Between Matter and Experience, coordinated by H. John Thompson

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  A new article in Title Magazine reviews Between Matter and Experience, an exhibition in the President’s Office at the University of the Arts, coordinated by NAPOLEON member H. John Thompson.  Artist and writer Tom Cszazsar draws connections across several current exhibitions in Philadelphia, including Ruffneck Constructivists at the ICA and the recently closed Department of Neighborhood Services at Fleisher/Ollman. See the full review here.

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