Hello! And See You Around!


Welcome Marianne Dages and Ciao Christopher Hartshorne! This April we welcomed a new member and said goodbye to one of our founding members Christopher Hartshorne stepped down from NAPOLEON at the beginning of this month to pursue other endeavors. He will be sorely missed, though he promised not to be a stranger. Chris was our … Continue reading

OPEN CALL! July 2014 Solo-Show


Our Third July Open Call! Your chance to have a solo-show at NAPOLEON OPEN CALL for JULY SHOW 2014 NAPOLEON, Philadelphia, PA NAPOLEON is now accepting applications for a solo exhibition in our gallery during the month of July 2014. Applications should include a written proposal (300 words), a CV, an artist statement, and 5 … Continue reading

Thank you, Andrew Keller!

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  For a beautiful afternoon! xo, Napoleon



Stassa Edwards has written a very interesting article on the lack of women in the world of visual arts (even if she does confuse the words conscience and conscious). Apparently, counting is a fundamental tool for feminists everywhere. (Numbers speak… Ok, maybe this isn’t news, but the article is still a decent read.) After reading this piece, I … Continue reading

Saturday Afternoon Tunes @ Napoleon


Come see Andrew Keller (from the bands Snow Caps and the Hermit Thrushes) with his ukulele play Napoleon! This Saturday, April 5th @ 4:30pm in correlation with Napoleon’s current exhibition Inside Voices:C. Pazia Mannella & Tamsen Wojtanowski. Take an afternoon stroll and come in for the show and Napoleon’s FIRST musical event! Light refreshments will be … Continue reading

Alexis Nutini’s ‘Chrysalis’: a “Must See” for March First Friday


We were picked! PaperClips215 names Alexis Nutini’s Chrysalis a “Must See” for March First Friday Alexis Nutini: Chrysalis • 6-10pm @ Napoleon (319 North 11th Street) Napoleon presents the First Friday opening reception for their new exhibition Chrysalis by member Alexis Nutini. It features mosaics composed of woodcuts and other materials used in the printmaking process. In … Continue reading

The St. Claire Does Q&A with Chad States: Night Sweats


Exhibition Q&A Both exhibiting artist Chad States and founder of the Nicola Midnight St. Claire Matt Kalasky respond to a set of questions The result is an exciting take on a traditional art review.  For example: 4. This exhibition answers the following question: What kind of mess is that towel going to clean up? What kind … Continue reading

Paperclips 215 named Chad States: Night Sweats a First Friday Top Pick!

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Newcomer Paperclips 215 has their own Top Picks for First Fridays And they named NAPOLEON’s Show as one of the top to see this month Join Napoleon as they host the First Friday opening reception for Night Sweats, new work by Chad States. States is able to explore the darkest human desires, where irrationality and pleasure … Continue reading

Philadelphia Weekly Writes About GJB Closing


Philadelphia Weekly Calls NAPOLEON “one of the city’s most intriguing collectively-run art project spaces.” In an article by Daniel Gelb, Philly Weekly urged the readership to go out to see “the engaging month-long exhibit.” [Friedman and Margulis] believe modern homosexuality and Jewishness mirror each other–a notion derived from each group’s respective history of marginalization by … Continue reading

Gallery sitting for Gay, Jewish, or Both?

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Today I’m gallery sitting at Napoleon for the first time in a month.  The current show is a collaborative installation by artist Leslie Friedman and designer Bernardo Margulis titled Gay, Jewish, or Both.   The installation transforms the gallery into a domestic space that examines Gay and Jewish identity through color, symbols, sculpture, Warholian-inspired Screen prints, … Continue reading

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