MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
DVAA Exhibits at International House Philadelphia
The Place Between Two Rivers, The Philadelphia Idea is an exhibition asking artists to respond to the idea of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the home of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were written and signed, forming the basis for our nation and government. Philadelphia was recently named a World Heritage City due to its importance as the birthplace of many important ideas and institutions that have served as inspiration for other countries who aspire to similar ideas of freedom, tolerance, and governance. For this call, artists are asked to pay tribute to Philadelphia and to its historic designation as the first World Heritage City in the United States or to juxtapose the idea of Philadelphia against a more global landscape.
Artwork will be selected by juror David Acosta; writer, poet, cultural worker and co-founder of Casa de Duende. This exhibition will take place in the East Alcove Gallery, located in the public lobby of the International House building at 3701 Chestnut Street. A public opening reception will be held on Tuesday September 26th from 6-8pm.
Opening Reception: Thursday July 6th, 6-8pm
International House Philadelphia & DVAA present Intersection - An exhibition illustrating abstractly or literally the point at which two things meet. Featuring DVAA and International House Philadelphia Artists. Located in the East Alcove Gallery, located in the public lobby of the International House building at 3701 Chestnut Street. Open daily 8am - 10pm.
Rob Buscher, Festival Director, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Fighting For Representation: The Asian American Cinema Movement
Monday, September 25 - 7pm
Free and open to the public
Join Rob Buscher, Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), for a discussion about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in film & television. Contextualized within the larger Asian American movement, Rob will discuss negative stereotypes dating back to yellowface, and analyze how contemporary media portrayals perpetuate issues like the perpetual foreigner myth, exoticization of Asian culture, and model minority myth.
Bio: Rob Buscher, Festival Director of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, is a film and media specialist who has worked in many aspects of film including production, administration and distribution. Due in part to his biracial Japanese American heritage, Robʼs expertise is Japanese and East Asian Cinema although he has worked as a professional film programmer in a wide variety of genres. Some of his career highlights include co-founding Zipangu Fest - the UKʼs premier Japanese Film Festival, and creating the Japanese Cinema Studies and Asian American Studies curriculum at Arcadia University. Robʼs board affiliations include Japanese American Citizens League National Strategic Planning Committee, Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia Heritage Month Celebration Planning Committee, JACL PHL Chapter and PHLDiversity Boards, Governor Wolfʼs Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Mayor Kenneyʼs Transition Team, 2016 DNC Host Committee Member, and Chair of the AAPI Arts Council of Pennsylvania.
Latticework: Something Blue
Performance lab interlacing DVAA exhibitions and creations by Plant Me Here.
September 23rd - 6pm - 7pm
Suggested donation- $5 - $15
Exhibition: Something Blue, a solo exhibition by Paige Lizbeth Morris, inspired by gender specific stereotypes in present day monogamous relationships. The work challenges society’s perception of women in romantic settings, revealing the power of objects by activating familiar feelings through narratives of love, loss, hope, and regret.
A program of Plant Me Here and DVAA:
-Plant Me Here is a Philadelphia artist collective and ongoing experiment in interdisciplinary collaboration. They center women and queer artists of all disciplines in pursuit of discovering new ways to make, promote, and consume art.
-Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) is a supportive community of artists and creatives focused on capturing the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci. A luminary artist, scientist, architect, engineer, musician and humanitarian, Da Vinci’s curiosity inspires creativity, innovation and collaboration among our membership. Like Leonardo, we ask big questions, ponder complex ideas, experiment with form and create new ways of engaging with and sharing our art.
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