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EXHIBITIONS

Since its founding in 1915, the PAA has presented the work of artists and designers working in a wide variety of media, from ceramics and jewelry to textiles and sculpture. Each year we present up to twelve new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists. Rather than understanding “craft” as a class of objects, the PAA encourages visitors to consider “craft” as a verb. This broader definition means that our exhibitions encompass a range of topics and types of work, from useful and decorative objects to sculpture and installations. Our diverse program of exhibitions, inspired by our setting in a masterfully crafted domestic space, can thus be communicated to visitors in engaging and unexpected ways.

Philadelphia Art Alliance provides the perfect setting for groups to experience craft and design.   Within the halls of our 100 year old home, teachers and professors have plenty of space to discuss the work with their students.

We also provide touring services, where our curator can guide you through Wetherill Mansion and share with you not only fascinating knowledge about the artwork, but the building itself.

Contact us at info@philartalliance.org or call us at 215-545-4302  to arrange for Group Pricing or Tour Pricing.

Groups → 5 -10 persons 

   $.50 reduction per ticket

   10+ persons

   $1.00 reduction per ticket

 

Tours  →  5 -10 persons 

   $.50 reduction per ticket

   10+ persons

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Temporary Stay: Kristen Neville Taylor

Jun 1, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017

Sewn Line: Nancy Agati

Jun 1, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017


Temporary Stay: Kristen Neville Taylor

Jun 1, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017

 

Temporary Stay: Kristen Neville Taylor

In Ursula Le Guin's groundbreaking feminist essay "Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction," the author suggests that stories are containers, or carrier bags, of meaning. Fundamentally feminine rather than masculine, Le Guin's model for storytelling inspired Neville Taylor to create a series of containers organized according to the model of a story arc-exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Bringing together two- and three-dimensional work, Neville Taylor's installation challenges us to reconsider our assumptions about nature, narrative, and culture.

Sewn Line: Nancy Agati

Jun 1, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017

Sewn Line: Nancy Agati

Nancy Agati's work engages with nature's transformations and cycles, particularly the passage of time. She combines sewing, collage, stencilling, and sculpture in a unique drawing practice that emphasizes patterns and repetition. In her embroideries, the natural and the human merge, the delicate hand stitching evoking the veins of a leaf or light reflecting off water. Agati asks us to slow down and observe these subtle details of nature's craftsmanship-and her own.

Public Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6-8 pm

Artists' talk: June 7 at 3pm

Since 2012, Anna Boothe and Nancy Cohen have collaborated on an evolving project entitled "Between Seeing and Knowing". This extensive piece, comprised of hundreds of glass objects, takes as a starting point the artists' long standing interest in Tibetan Buddhist paintings and the integration of their otherwise very separate studio practices. The installation reinterprets the symbolism in these Buddhist paintings to create a work that reflects the organizational structure and palette of the paintings, as well as the sense of expansiveness that is characteristic of Buddhist ideology.

 

The works featured in this exhibition use a variety of techniques, such as kiln-casting, slumping, fusing, blowing, hot-sculpting and sand-casting. The comprehensive understanding of these processes, each selected to achieve a specific result for every single element, is the result of working in the medium of glass for both artists: Boothe for over 35 years and Cohen for more than 20. 

 

For this exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Boothe and Cohen have enlarged the original project in response to the architectural details and natural light in the first floor galleries of PAA's Wetherill mansion. Once a historic home, the galleries have retained much of their original features as a sitting room, parlor and library.

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