New Woodmere Exhibit Explores A Half-Century Of African-American Art

 

“A statuette by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1914) is juxtaposed with Barbara Chasea-Riboud's Time Womb (1970) in the Woodmere Art Museum's look at black artists in Philadelphia.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

“A statuette by Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1914) is juxtaposed with Barbara Chasea-Riboud’s Time Womb (1970) in the Woodmere Art Museum’s look at black artists in Philadelphia.” | Photo: Emma Lee, for NewsWorks

  • NewsWorks considers the Woodmere Museum’s latest exhibition: “We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia 1920s to 1970s.” The over 70 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and prints on display through January 24 exemplify a transformative half-century of various strands of African-American thought and artistry.
  • Although many proprietors were less than thrilled with their revenues this weekend, several restaurant owners discovered the secret to attract the thousands of pilgrims wandering the streets: go to them. Larry Rosenblum set up tables (and commissioned a banjo player) outside of his Spread Bagelry at 20th & Spruce, and Jose Garces increased visibility of his operations at 20th & Sansom by bringing the grills curbside. In fact “all restaurants and businesses should have taken it to the streets,” argues Rosenblum. “That festival atmosphere and opportunity to create something spectacular was missed. I think it would have been incredible to promote the entire closed city as a giant street party.”
  • There are an estimated 400,000 feral cats roaming Philadelphia’s streets and alleys. Whether seen as nuisance or tragedy, such a proliferation can be curbed only with a community’s support. NewsWorks takes us to East Falls’ Cresson Street, where in the past year resident Katie Battista has trapped 27 felines for the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly)’s trap-neuter-return program. “It’s not that we want to be doing this. It’s the socially responsible thing to do. We can’t just keep letting them procreate and make more and more kittens,” Battista said.
  • With the papal pop-up altar now being deconstructed on the Parkway, CBS Philly previews the fate of its components: the Archdiocese will of course preserve the historic event’s liturgical items, a thousand sheets of plywood will go to Project H.O.M.E., and 20,000 swaths of carpet will be given out as souvenirs.
  • If you weren’t in Center City this weekend (and think you might appreciate a sense of the more pedestrian-friendly town that William Penn and Thomas Holme conceived of in the early 1680s) check out videographer Cory Popp’s short vignette of “Philly Without Cars.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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