Thursday, March 20 // 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Philadelphia Art Alliance is thrilled to present two solo exhibitions by artist Caroline Lathan-Steifel and sound artist Sam Cusumano:
Greenhouse Mix: Caroline Lathan-Stiefel
Greenhouse Mix is a site-specific textile installation inside the Wetherill Mansion inspired by Philadelphia’s rich history as a center of horticulture. Greenhouse Mix comprises three distinct components: two gallery installations and a project in the grand stairway of the PAA.
Responding to the period room details of the PAA galleries, Lathan-Stiefel will reconfigure her piece green-house, inspired by the form and pattern of the stacked stones of botanist John Bartram’s Philadelphia greenhouse which he built himself. Victorian-style ferneries and the idea of a “jungle in the salon” influence the second installation, Hothouse, which will contain both textile and real ferns, along with a recorded sound piece. Lathan-Stiefel’s project in the stairway of the PAA, Frakturing, echoes the shapes and colors of both Pennsylvania Dutch Fraktur designs and the original 1905 stained glass window which features botanical imagery and plant forms. This piece will also invite viewers to think about issues of plant diversity and sustainability in an age of fracking.
NOISE: Electricity for Progress
NOISE: Electricity for Progress is a series of interactive and site specific installations by Philadelphia-based artist Sam Cusumano. Exemplary of the new approach to craft that has re-surfaced within the last decade, the exhibition explores the craftsmanship of sound as expressed through a concentration on the repurposing of found materials, biology, and direct audience interaction.
Focused on the synergies between technology and the natural environment, viewers are invited to experiment with creating new sounds using electrical engineering and computing software. Many of the projects utilize organic materials such as plants and fruit, as well as the electrical inner parts of toys or now outmoded devices. These are manipulated to create an alternative interface to achieve various sound effects, thus subverting their original intention. Ultimately, the goal is to illustrate, through manipulation of sound, how technology can relate to the natural world.
Wednesday, March 26 // 10:00 TO 11:30 AM
$5.00 PER CHILD.
CAREGIVERS ARE FREE AND MUST ACCOMPANY CHILD.
Wednesday Workshops are a series of educational workshops for children ages 3-5 held at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Children enjoy an interactive tour of the PAA's current exhibitions and are led in related activities and crafts by The PAA's Programs and Membership Coordinator, Joanna Grim.
To Register, please contact Joanna Grim, Programs and Membership Coordinator, at 215-545-4302 X 21 or email@example.com. Registration is recommended, especially for groups of 5 or more children.
Thursday, March 27 // 7:00pm
Through a multi-media presentation, celebrated stonemason Christian Herrmann will illuminate the rich history and technique of the ancient craft of stonemasonry. Herrmann will highlight some interesting historical architectural structures existing in Philadelphia and New York, including a fireplace found in the basement of the Philadelphia Art Alliance. By uniting old world craft with modern technology, the program will explore what it takes to be a stonemason in the fast paced world of today.
Reception to follow
Music provided by Justin Herrmann
Friday, March 28 // 11:45am to 1:00pm
Peer into the process of study and preparation for performance of one of the great string quartets in the literature. Program to be announced.
Featuring violinists Geoffrey Michaels and Philip Kates, David Giles on viola, and Charles Forbes on cello, Liebesfreud is an ensemble devoted primarily to the performance of great literature for the string quartet.
Saturday, March 29 // 8:00 PM
$15 General Admission
Ars Nova Workshop welcomes the Bradford-Gjerstad Quartet for its first Philadelphia performance. The quartet features Frode Gjerstad, Bobby Bradford, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten and Frank Rosaly.
Frode Gjerstad was born in Stavanger, Norway and started playing improvised music as a trumpeter in 1968, eventually picking up reed instruments a year later. In the early stage of his career he played mainly with international musicians, as there was no tradition in Norway for free music. Around 1981, Gjerstad began a fruitful collaboration with British drummer John Stevens that led to the forming of the group “Detail,” which in 1986 released the album Detail Plus featuring Bobby Bradford on cornet.