5 Must See Art Exhibits In Philadelphia this Summer!

Philadelphia is known for its rich art culture, and attracts world class touring collections. This summer, check out these 5 exhibits, from student exhibitions to private collections.

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed

Nari Ward combines two very distinct cultural influences – African tribal art and flanerie, a 19th century philosophy of city life. The mix of these influences will be seen in modernized interpretations of installations. Political tensions and found objects will converge in an exploration of urban lounging, black history, and Caribbean diaspora.

When: Opening Friday, June 24th

Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: General Admission, $25

Source: barnesfoundation.org

Source: barnesfoundation.org | Nari Ward

Creative Africa

Creative Africa is composed of 5 different exhibitions that are vastly different from one another, but they all celebrate African art, architecture, and textiles. This exhibit teaches museum visitors about the creative force of African artists.

When: Now through September 25th

Where: The Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue

Cost: Included in the price of regular museum admission; $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students and youth ages 13-18, and free for kids 12 and under

Source: uwishunu.com | Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Source: uwishunu.com | Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Embracing the Contemporary

See through the eyes of two local collectors whose last 50 years together have enabled them to build an exhibition of international works.  They have worked with the PMA and living artists to put this collection together for everyone to view.

When: Opening Tuesday, June 28th

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: General Admission, $20

Source: philamuseum.org

Source: philamuseum.org | Swan (2) Gerhard Richter

Happiness, Liberty, Life?

Politics have always been a haven for discord, and Philadelphia is no stranger to that as it has been a haven for them since 1776. When the two meet, the result is an art exhibition that analyzes the role representation has played in leadership and elections. This exhibition delves in from Washington all the way to the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

When: Opening Thursday, June 30th

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

Cost: General Admission, $15

Source: pafa.org | Eagle, William Rush

Source: pafa.org | Eagle, William Rush

5 Into 1 Annual Exhibition

For the past 17 years, Philadelphia Sculptors have been honoring the talents of top art students from 5 local Philadelphia universities and colleges. The students are given the chance to present their work in a professional gallery setting at Moore.

When: Now through July 23rd

Where: The Moore Galleries, 1916 Race Street

Cost: Free

Source: uwishunu.com | Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Source: uwishunu.com | Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

 

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