Tamsen Wojtanowski and Elaine Livingstone: In the Yard

In the Yard a multi-dimensional exhibition by NAPOLEON member Tamsen Wojtanowski and writer Elaine Livingstone For their collaborative exhibition, In the Yard, Wojtanowski and Livingstone call on the audience to both observe and remember. Interested in the different ways storytelling inserts itself into our daily lives and interacts with the sense of self, personal history, and … Continue reading


The Archive Is Trending

The Archive Is Trending Join the members of NAPOLEON for a night of programming at PAFA in response to their show-within-a-show in PAFA’s main gallery exhibit Traction Company. What is the role of the archive in the age of social media? How do we record our achievements and experiences, collections and contributions, so that they … Continue reading


Title Magazine reviews Matthew Colaizzo’s “Locality”

Steve Basel reviews the work of Matthew Colaizzo in “near and far: Locality at Napoleon Gallery” In his review of the June 2015 exhibition, Steve Basel writes: “…we are left to contemplate and readdress is the “ordinary” – one that is as ever-present as the skies, common as the universe, unique as the grain of wood, and as … Continue reading

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Eunjung Park: Arrangements, an Essay by Kayla Romberger

Eunjung Park: Arrangements An Essay by Kayla Romberger There is a passage in Don Quixote in which the two protagonists, Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, encounter a statue that can speak—an “enchanted” bronze head fashioned after the marble portrait bust of a Roman emperor, whose responses “correspond to the questions put to it.”[i] … Continue reading


NAPOLEON at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

NAPOLEON at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Our buddies at Traction Company invite NAPOLEON to do an exhibition within their exhibition at PAFA We couldn’t be more honored to be included and excited for our dance partners, Traction Company, for this huge accomplishment. From the PAFA website: Traction Company is a 12-person artist collective … Continue reading


KnightArts Covers “Locality”

Chip Schwartz reviews Locality in “The raw yet refined reflections of Matthew Colaizzo.” In his review of the June 2015 exhibition, Chip Schwartz writes: “Taking cues from zen-inspired landscapes and Japanese printmaking masters like Hokusai, Colaizzo does not seek to dutifully recreate the locations he references, nor does he conceptualize his representations beyond what they are. … Continue reading


Shane Darwent : Southside All Stars

Southside All Stars A solo-exhibition by Shane Darwent, curated by Napoleon member Marianne Dages In Southside All Stars, litter-dappled grass becomes a painterly celebration of grotesque beauty. Colorful, plastic still-lives are like empty sets, ripe with possible narratives. Darwent draws inspiration from the semi-urban landscape of his Chattanooga neighborhood and presents photographs and sculptures that encourage us to contemplate the role of … Continue reading

Tamsen Wojtanowski

Napoleon Member Included in HAFNY’s Group Show 45: New Jack City

Napoleon member, Tamsen Wojtanowski, has been included in the Humble Arts Foundation’s Group Show 45: New Jack City. From the show announcement written by HAFNY’s founders, Amani Olu and Jon Feinstein: group show 45: New Jack City explores one of the most common challenges we often hear when speaking with photographers living and working in … Continue reading

Shiko Munakata, A Line at the Foot of Mt. Fuji, 1963, Woodblock Print.

A Modest Place of Origin: An Essay by Aubrey Levinthal

A Modest Place of Origin An Essay by Aubrey Levinthal “…spread India ink on an uncarved board, lay paper on top of it and print it…Whatever I carve I compare with an uncarved print and ask myself, ‘Which has more beauty, more strength, more depth, more magnitude, more movement, and more tranquility?’ If there is … Continue reading

Mary Ellen Mark

In Memory: Mary Ellen Mark

POEM BY MAYA ANGELOU I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our skin tones can confuse, bemuse, delight, brown and pink and beige … Continue reading

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