The Inquirer Talks about the NAPOLEON/Traction Swap for Citywide
Jake Blumgart of the Philadelphia Inquirer Previews the Traction/NAPOLEON Swap
Jawnts: Opening doors to the public on the city’s artistic side
In the article, Blumgart admits “Citywide is far too vast to encapsulate every contribution in one tiny column,” and so focuses on our swap with Traction Company.
…let’s focus on Traction Company, which operates out of a hulking brick building at 41st Street and Haverford Avenue, and Napoleon, a 225-square-foot gallery in Callowhill’s Rollins Building. Napoleon is crafting an exhibit based on a Gertrude Stein poem – “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso” – which includes repeated references to the group’s namesake. Meanwhile, Traction members’ display at Napoleon’s tiny gallery will be a dollhouse version of their own working space, complete with towering nine-foot ceiling that soars above the miniature representations of real-life studio arrangements on the floor.
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