Visual Arts

‘Paths to Freedom’: A new exhibit by John E. Dowell

In a new Arthur Ross Gallery exhibition, Philadelphia artist John E. Dowell imagines attempted escapes by enslaved ancestors through his photographs of North Carolina cotton fields at night. “Paths to Freedom” includes 26 artworks, an installation of fabric panels, and a soundscape.

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PhillyVoice

At Penn museum’s art of smells exhibit, beauty is in the nose of the beholder

Norwegian-born smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas will have her first major U.S. exhibition, where interactable installations elicit sensations through smell, on display in the Institute of Contemporary Art through Dec. 30.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Dollars and scents: Follow your nose through this exhibition at ICA

Norwegian artist Sissel Tolaas discusses her first major U.S. exhibition, which uses smell as an artistic medium and is hosted at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Hey Mural Arts, graffiti is art, too. It always was

In an op-ed, doctoral candidate Razan Idris of the School of Arts & Sciences writes that Mural Arts Philadelphia’s legacy is mired by a legacy of urban racism, including discrimination against local graffiti artists.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Claes Oldenburg, 93, created giant sculptures that became icons of Philly

University Curator Lynn Marsden-Atlass comments on the Split Button sculpture that dominates the entrance to the Van Pelt Library.

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PhillyVoice

Penn to host Sakura Collection fashion show featuring Japanese textiles

The 2022 Sakura Collection Fashion Design Award Show is being hosted in conjunction with the Consulate General of Japan in New York, the University of Pennsylvania Center for East Asian Studies, and the City of Philadelphia.

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Christian Science Monitor

Not just seascapes: Winslow Homer’s rendering of Black humanity

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the art of Winslow Homer.

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