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From Drag to Craft & Loom Music to Interactive Dance, The Galleries at Moore's Fall Exhibitions Inspire & Entertain

Philadelphia, PA – A loom that makes music. Drag and burlesque. Handcrafted art. Experience this and more during four fall exhibitions at The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, located at 20th Street and The Parkway. Join us for the Opening Reception, Friday, September 15, 2017, 5:30 – 8 pm. Featured artists include Andrea Baldeck, Kay Healy, Nick Lenker, Sophia Narrett, Erin M. Riley and Ursula Von Rydingsvard. All shows are presented in conjunction with CraftNOW, a citywide biennial celebrating Philadelphia’s rich legacy in craft and promoting the city’s continuing role as an incubator for arts based in fiber, wood, clay, metal, glass and more. For more information, visit or call 215.965.4027.

All events are FREE and open to the public and will take place in the Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia at Moore.

September 16 – December 9, 2017
Bodyworks is a symposium of performances, workshops, and collaborative projects that will examine the body as both material and tool in contemporary performance. Including practices of dance, theatre, costume, and sound Bodyworks brings together a diverse group of Philadelphia artists who use their bodies to engage viewers with their craft and create new spaces for social action, dialogue, and representation. For a complete list of performances, see the attached Events page.
September 16 – December 9, 2017
This exhibition presents the work of three women — Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin Riley — whose contemporary studio practices are heavily influenced by traditions steeped in functional craft and the handmade.


September 16, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Philadelphia artist Nick Lenker addresses the complexities of dealing with identity and intimacy within virtual/digital spaces. Through exploring voyeurism and performance of self, Lenker transforms the gallery space into a narrative environment that tells the story of a character whose world is rendered through three-dimensional, digital modeling software and whose existence is the sum of the objects he collects through his journeys.

September 9 – November 11, 2017
We are pleased to honor both Visionary Woman Awardees Andrea Baldeck and Ursula Von Rydingsvard with presence in The Galleries’ fall exhibition season. Presented in conjunction with CraftNow, the exhibition features a selection of photographs by Baldeck and a series of recent works on paper by Von Rydingsvard.


Below is a list of FREE events being presented in conjunction with The Galleries at Moore’s fall exhibitions.  Those that are part of Bodyworks are notated with (BW). For more information visit

The Loomstrument (BW)

Thursday, September 28, 6:30 – 8 pm

Artists and collaborators Mary Smull and Chris Powell team up to present The Loomstrument – a

hybrid loom and music synthesizer that fuses textile and sonic design through performance. For the

first time ever during this Bodyworks performance, Smull and Powell will present the sounds of their

invention during a Loomstrument concert with special guest artists and musicians.


Artist Talk: Nick Lenker
Thursday, October 12, 6 pm


Artist Talk: Kay Healy, Sophia Narrett and Erin Riley

Thursday, October 19, 6 pm


Vaudevillains New Years Brigade (BW)

Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 8 pm

Glitter cats, neon forest witches, oversized toilets and walking Peanut Chew Bars are all common

characters for the Vaudevillains NYB –– a loose collective of artists and activists.For Bodyworks, the Vaudevillains will present a performance of past routines followed by a talk-back addressing their organization’s mission and history.



Thursday, November 2, 6:30 – 8 pm (BW)

Wavelengths is an ongoing drag and burlesque show curated and hosted by Katie Rauth (aka Lezzie

McGuire) that uses gendered performance to explore marginalized identities and the politics by which

they are surrounded. This event will feature explicit content and may not be suitable for younger audiences.


Embodiment Dance Party with Meg Foley (BW)

Friday, November 3, 8:30 – 10 pm

The Embodiment Dance Party hosted by performer and choreographer Meg Foley is a late night event

that invites you to occasionally, lightly and enjoyably bring your attention to your dancing body.


Dance Church with Meg Foley (BW)

Sunday, November 5, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Come get your groove on and iron yourself out with a sweaty, serious, playful, ecstatic dance-inspired

Sunday morning creative dance party.


Performance and the Body (BW)

Thursday, November 9, 6:30 – 8 pm

Undergraduate students in Moore’s Performance and the Body course will present a curated night of

performances and reflections that address the history, themes and dynamics of contemporary

corporeal performance art.


CraftNOW day-long symposium, keynote and reception

Friday, November 10, all day


Examining Cultures (BW)

Thursday, November 16, 6:30 – 8 pm

Graduate Students in Moore’s “Examining Cultures” class present a night of performance and actions.


Amber Art & Design (BW)

Thursday, November 30, 6:30 – 8 pm

Amber Art & Design team has been working in the public art sphere for the past 10 years primarily within marginalized communities with little or no access to art. For Bodyworks, Amber Art & Design team

members Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez will present a curated performance featuring local

collaborators in the gallery space.


Fashion and Dance Collaborative with the U School High School (BW)

Thursday, December 7, 6:30 – 8 pm

Students from Philadelphia’s U School High School present a night of dance, performance and

fashion in a culmination of a semester long explorative and collaborative curriculum.



Admission to events is free. For more information visit or call 215.965.4027.


The Galleries at Moore support Moore College of Art & Design's educational mission and role as a cultural leader by providing a forum for exploring contemporary art and ideas, and enriching the artistic climate and intellectual climate of the college, the Greater Philadelphia community and beyond.  As a gateway between the College and the city of Philadelphia, The Galleries are a catalyst for creative exploration, experimentation and scholarship and function as a gathering place to meet, reflect, learn, challenge and create.  The Galleries' exhibitions and programs – which are all free and open to the public – create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts as a vital force in shaping contemporary culture.



The Galleries at Moore receives generous support from Moore College of Art & Design and the Friends of The Galleries at Moore. The Galleries also receive state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Support also provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.



Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm
Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm

Closed Sundays and all academic and legal holidays.



The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design are located between 19th and 20th Streets on Race Street, directly across from Aviator Park on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Access The Galleries from the College’s main entrance lobby.


All of The Galleries’ exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.


For more information please visit or call 215.965.4027.

Published on August 11th, 2017