July Open Call 2015–Announcing $200 Honorarium

Our Fourth July Open Call! Your chance to have a solo-show at NAPOLEON Apply in April for a show in July Every year, during the month of July, NAPOLEON presents a solo-exhibition selected by our ten members from a pool of applicants collected through an open call. We are interested in exhibiting work that is … Continue reading


Liza Coviello’s Interview with devynn emory published in Contact Quarterly

An interview by NAPOLEON member and curator Liza Coviello with choreographer and performer devynn emory was published this month in Contact Quarterly, a dance and improvisation journal. In September 2014, the interview and video documentation of emory’s dance works were exhibited at NAPOLEON under the title Personal Public: On Gender Variance in Performance Art. You can find a link to a … Continue reading

Distant Operator Time Lapse: January 16th, 2015

Sunday, January 16, 2015 2:30 – 3:30pm


Distant Operator reviewed in Geist Magazine

New member Marianne Dages‘ show Distant Operator was reviewed in Geist Magazine. Writing for the magazine, Evan Paul Laudenslager explains: Marianne Dages has achieved something decidedly difficult in Distant Operator at Napoleon–a body of work that is highly theoretical and still manages to be aesthetically pleasing with little effort.   Translation is the central point of the … Continue reading

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Patrick Coughlin: Tools of Trade

Tools of Trade New Work by Patrick Coughlin Curated by Napoleon Member Jordan Rockford Tools of Trade is both elegy and ballad, depicting the hidden beauty and value in the knowledge of the process by which things are made. The act of making becomes a sensual performance of our collective heritage delving into the permeable … Continue reading


Indirect Translation: An Essay on New Work by Marianne Dages By Sarah Hulsey

Indirect Translation: An Essay on New Work by Marianne Dages by Sarah Hulsey In her show Distant Operator, Marianne Dages presents new work that engages with ideas about chance and miscommunication, approaching obliquely ideas about translation between languages and experiences. Dages’ work investigates the intersection of the mythic and the personal, as well as ways … Continue reading


KnightArts Reviews Understudy

KnightArts Reviews Understudy Chip Schwartz muses on the exhibition and concludes “Play acting can be fun or funny, but it can also prove a powerful point about what we can truly know.” Schwartz writes on the four artists whose works were performed, played, or displayed for one-night only December 5th. His reflections on all four … Continue reading


Marianne Dages: Distant Operator

Distant Operator AN EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY NAPOLEON MEMBER MARIANNE DAGES Chance, repetition, and hidden names. In this series of works on paper and object assemblage, the artist acts as distant operator, finding the connection between esoteric myth and private thought. Opening Reception Second Friday, January 9th* 6pm – 10pm NAPOLEON
 319 N 11th Street, 2L
 Philadelphia, PA Exhibition … Continue reading


UNDERSTUDY: The Work of Peter Cotroneo, Alex Ibsen, Brad Jamula and Mark Martinez by Kristen Mills

UNDERSTUDY: The Work of Peter Cotroneo, Alex Ibsen, Brad Jamula and Mark Martinez An Essay by Kristen Mills Let’s talk about play. Play allows freedom with a sense of power and a sense of intimate control. Play is also paradoxical; it is serious and non-serious, real and not real, seemingly purposeless but crucial for resiliency. … Continue reading

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The Reviews ‘On This Site’

The Reviews ‘On This Site’ Noreen Kress reflects on art and monuments in a city full of history In the lenghty review on the artblog, Kress observes how a simple walk to the supermarket, in a city like Philadelphia, can also turn into a visit to a historic site. She sees the work Lewis … Continue reading

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