Philadelphia, PA – A chrome-plated breast pump explores the topic of motherhood, art made from old barn joists and repurposed construction debris brings new life to forgotten fragments, and works by candidates in Moore’s Master of Fine Arts program will inspire and entertain this summer at The Galleries at Moore. Join us for the Opening Reception for our Annual Alumni Exhibition and MFA in Progress exhibition Saturday, June 8, 2019, 5:30 – 8 pm. The Opening Reception for Gary Smith: Pick Up Sticks will be held Friday, June 14, 5 – 8 pm.
All events are FREE and open to the public.
ANNUAL ALUMNI EXHIBITION
June 8 – August 24, reception Saturday, June 8, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Featuring recent works by Moore alumni, the selections on view in this year’s exhibition represent a variety of degree programs including Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography & Digital Arts and Textile Design, among others. Showcasing a wide variety of materials and skill sets, this presentation includes artworks in all mediums. This year's exhibition is juried by Emily Zilber, an independent curator and consultant focused on contemporary art, craft, and design. From 2010-2018, Zilber was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and she currently sits on the boards of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston and Craft Now Philadelphia, and on the Board of Advisors of the North Bennet Street School.
GARY SMITH: PICK UP STICKS
June 8 – August 10, reception Friday, June 14, 5 – 8 pm
Artist Gary Smith creates abstract objects out of found and recycled materials—such as old barn joists and repurposed construction debris—and combines them with natural wood harvested from his five acre property in rural Chester County. Smith shapes the wood, burns the wood, seals it, cuts into it with common tools and seals it again and again to preserve it. This juxtaposition of otherwise ordinary mediums are displayed in unexpected compositions that bring new life to formerly discarded and forgotten fragments. This exhibition presents new and recent works created over the course of nearly twenty years, while also paying homage to Smith’s career as chief preparator in The Galleries at Moore from 1987 – 2012.
MFA IN PROGRESS
June 8 – July 20, reception Saturday, June 8, 5:30 – 8 pm
This exhibition is the first opportunity for the public to see works by candidates in Moore's MFA program. After completing their first year of rigorous coursework in material research, the candidates have been exposed to a wide range of making while immersing themselves in the city’s cultural offerings and simultaneously, seminars in art history and ethics have posed questions and provided context for their explorations moving forward. Featuring work by Sara Kleinert & Chelsey Webber-Brandis.