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

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

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C. Pazia Mannella & Tamsen Wojtanowski: Inside Voices

Inside Voices An exhibition by artist C. Pazia Mannella and founding NAPOLEON member Tamsen Wojtanowski “I remember in order to be unhappy/happy – not in order to understand.” – Proust In their two-person exhibition, Inside Voices, artists Tamsen Wojtanowski and C. Pazia Mannella use their practice to investigate the past; compliant with the quicksand that is … Continue reading

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Chad States: Night Sweats Curatorial Statement by Jordan Rockford

Chad States: Night Sweats Curatorial Statement by Jordan Rockford In Night Sweats, Chad States invites us to explore the dark recesses of human desire, those spaces where the pursuit of pleasure overrides restraint, leading us to act with irrational – at times ecstatic – abandon. Photography, States’ customary medium, is no less present in this, … 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


Alexis Nutini: Chrysalis

Chrysalis An exhibition by Napoleon member Alexis Nutini Chrysalis is an exhibition of mosaics composed of woodcuts and the materials used in the process of making a print. Paper ephemera, print fragments and destroyed woodblocks evolve into landscapes and geometric expanses. Through the elaborate transformation of materials, Nutini examines the transition of objects and ideas … Continue reading

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Gallery sitting for Gay, Jewish, or Both?

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


Printeresting Talks of “allure” and “magic” of ‘Gay, Jewish, or Both’

Janette Chien Writes about ‘Gay, Jewish, or Both’ And was “transported into one of Thom Filicia‘s interior designs from an episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy post-makeover.” In her review of Gay, Jewish, or Both, Janette Chien speaks about the initial delight of walking in the gallery: When I walked into Leslie Friedman & … Continue reading

artblog_gjb Interprets ‘Gay, Jewish, or Both’

Leah Koontz Reviews ‘Gay, Jewish, or Both’ And concludes that the show is “successful” Koontz structures review in four sections.  She examines the relationship between Jews and homosexuals, gives context to the installation, puts forth some judgment, and concludes that a major gap is “bridged.”  Most flatteringly, Koontz likens a number of the pieces … Continue reading


Exhibition Essay for Tamsen Wojtanowski & Jennah White’s “You Will Never Arrive” by Nancy Brokaw

Text from Nancy Brokaw’s thoughtful essay on Tamsen Wojtanowski’s and Jennah White’s collaborative exhibition at the Tyler School of Art: Consider: You Will Never Arrive What does a photograph do? Once, the answer was easy. Photography fixes the world, pins it down. Consider: The click of the shutter fixes a moment, freezing the past in … Continue reading


‘Gay, Jewish, or Both’ Closing Reception

‘Gay, Jewish, or Both’ Closing Reception Join Leslie Friedman and Bernardo Margulis for the closing of their collaborative installation If you were out-of-town or snowed-in for the opening and unavailable for the co-sponsored happy hour, do come to the closing event! Thursday, January 30th, 6pm – 8pm NAPOLEON 319 N. 11th, 2L Philadelphia, PA 19107

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