MAKING SPACE: LEEWAY @ 25September 20 – December 8, 2018 This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Leeway Foundation, an organization dedicated to grant-making and building community among artists, cultural producers and organizers in Greater Philadelphia. In celebration of this milestone year, Making Space: Leeway @ 25 features a curated selection of artworks by former Leeway grant recipients, as well as historical materials that recognize Leeway’s impact. On view are works that demonstrate the powerful intersection of art, culture, community and change—representing the artists and visionaries who continue to “make space” for fresh stories and new realities to emerge.
Exhibiting artists include: Anula Shetty, Betty Leacraft, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Ana Guissel Palma, Lori Waselchuk, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Syd Carpenter, Nanette Clark, Barbara Bullock, Ife Nii-Owoo, Yinka Orafidiya, Nancy Lewis Shell, Sandra Andino, Christina Johnson, Toni Kersey, Betsy Casañas, Marta Sanchez, Celestine Wilson Hughes, Denise Allen, Li Sumpter, Erika Guadalupe Núñez, Marie-Monique Marthol, Annie Mok, Beeta Baghoolizadeh, Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, Eva Wō, Kerri Radley, Maria Dumlao, Mary DeWitt and Muthi Reed.
ROZ CHAST & DEBORAH WILLIS: VISIONARY WOMEN
August 18 – November 3, 2018
Lecture and Gala: Wednesday, October 17
The Galleries at Moore are pleased to honor both Visionary Women Awardees Roz Chast, cartoonist and author, and Deborah Willis, Ph.D, photographer, professor, art historian and curator with presence in The Galleries’ fall exhibition season. Since 2003, the Visionary Woman Awards (VWA) has recognized outstanding women leaders who have made a powerful impact on the worlds of art and design—through our VWA scholarship program, we recognize the extraordinary achievements of women who provide powerful role models for our students. A selection of Chast's original illustrations featured in The New Yorker, including cover artwork and a handful of her pysanky (eggs decorated using a traditional Ukrainian wax-resist method) will be on view in Graham Gallery. Wilson Gallery will feature prints from two recent photographic projects that Dr. Willis is presenting in Philadelphia for the first time.
SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE FUTURE
August 4 – September 15, 2018
“The Survival Guide for the Future” was an emergency preparedness, afro-futurist and post-apocalyptic inspired curriculum designed by teaching artist Li Sumpter (PhD) and conducted at the U School High School in collaboration with The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design. During the spring of 2018, students learned about real-world emergency preparedness while examining themes in post-apocalyptic and afro-futurist media such as Octavia E. Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and the 2018 “Black Panther” movie. The goal of this project was to give students a multi-media platform to think, reflect, and express on their current lives by imagining a vibrant and teen-centric Philadelphia of the future. This project culminated in the creation of a zine publication that collected works created by students in response to this curriculum. Included in this zine are survivalist “go-bag” info-graphics, short fiction journal entries from characters living in visions of Philadelphia in 2049, “Character Cards” that illustrate and describe post-apocalyptic short stories, and fashion designs created and modeled by U School students.
This exhibition features copies of the final zine alongside images taken by photographer and Moore Alumna Naomieh Jovin during an in-school photo shoot featuring fashion designs created and modeled by U School students.
This project was made possible with the support of the PCCY’s Picasso Project Grant and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
ANNUAL ALUMNI EXHIBITION
June 9 – August 4, 2018
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 over fifty artworks in all mediums. This year's exhibition is juried by Molly Dougherty, a champion of contemporary artists and organizations whose experience includes the Foundation for Self-Taught American Artists, Philadelphia Art Alliance, James A. Michener Art Museum and currently the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Dougherty served as Executive Director of the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design from 1990-2006.
June 23 – August 4, 2018
Featuring recent work by our gallery preparators, this presentation gives a glimpse into the varied studio practices our part-time staff maintain outside of their professional commitment to Moore. Their combined expertise as artist and art handler is an integral part of our ability to bring creative exhibitions to life here in The Galleries at Moore—their superb attention to detail, combined with their eagerness to learn and adapt with each new installation, is evident both in their personal artistic work and in the craftsmanship & precision with which they realize our projects time and time again. Artists: Monika Kuder, Preston Link and Jonathan Santoro.
MFA IN PROGRESS
June 9 – July 21, 2018
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 Kathy Bachofer, Sara Berg, Timothy Goldsmith, Steven Mogck and Rachel Yinger.
SENIOR SHOW 2018
April 26 – May 12, 2018 VIP Reception: Wednesday, April 25
An annual exhibition featuring work by graduating seniors in culmination of their four years in Moore’s Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, including Animation & Game Arts, Art Education, Art History, Fine Arts, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography & Digital Arts.
MFA THESIS EXHIBITION
March 31 – April 14, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, March 30 6-8 PM
Featuring work by Kevin Coyle, G Phoebe Durst, Ariana Hajdu, Tara Kijek and Huewayne Watson
“Collectively, we define process as a series, or set of actions, brought together as a way of making, doing, and confronting conceptual ideas including ancestry, trauma, flow, engagement, abstraction. For us, process-focused works collected in this exhibition have yielded new connections, relationships, questions, and approaches to materials and ideas.”
ANNUAL STUDENT SHOW
March 31 – April 14, 2018
This annual spring exhibition features works by first-year Foundation students, as well as second and third year students majoring in Animation & Game Arts, Art Education, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography + Digital Arts.
KARA SPRINGER: TEN DAYS BEFORE FREEDOM, A HYMNAL
On view January 20 – March 24, 2018
Ten Days Before Freedom, A Hymnal is a new and monumental photographic installation by artist Kara Springer that features a series of photographs taken in Fox Hill, Nassau, a historic site founded in the early 1800s by liberated Africans in The Bahamas. Fox Hill is said to be the last village to receive news of emancipation from bondage for Africans in the British Caribbean, ten days after the initial decree of freedom in 1834. This latest exhibition of Springer’s work presents large photographic prints in sculptural mass that occupy the gallery floor. Taken in a churchyard in the town of Fox Hill, the series of images shown in repetition offer space for a closer contemplation of the precarious nature of transition, of faith, and of building towards freedom.
Kara Springer is a visual artist and industrial designer of Bajan and Jamaican heritage whose interdisciplinary practice explores precarity and brokenness in systems of structural support through engagement with architecture, urban infrastructure, and systems of institutional and political power. She received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, her MA in New Media and Contemporary Technology from the École nationale supérieure de creation industrielle in Paris and a B.Sc Honours in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto concurrent to a B.Des. in Industrial Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She currently lives and works in New York City.
NOT READY TO MAKE NICE: GUERRILLA GIRLS IN THE ARTWORLD AND BEYOND
On view January 20 – March 17, 2018
A major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls collective, this exhibition illuminates and contextualizes the important past and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. A selection of the group’s most iconic campaigns and actions from the 80’s and 90’s foregrounds their most daring and rarely seen international projects, which trace the Guerrilla Girls' artistic and activist influence around the globe. Installations are punctuated by documentary material including ephemera from famous actions, behind-the-scenes photos and secret anecdotes that reveal the Guerrilla Girls’ process and the events that drive their incisive institutional interventions. Visitors can peruse the artists’ favorite “love letters and hate mail,” drawn from almost three decades of humorous, heart-warming and shocking communications, and are invited to contribute their own views to an interactive wall installation. This multimedia, expansive exhibition illustrates that the work of the anonymous, feminist-activist Guerrilla Girls is as vital and revolutionary as ever. Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and organized by Columbia College, Chicago.
MOORE MONUMENTS: RECENT MFA PROJECTS
January 20 – March 17, 2018
Throughout the fall of 2017, Moore’s MFA students were exposed to a range of conversations, readings and projects that examine the role of monuments today. Our partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia led to an ongoing engagement with their Monument Lab initiative and the discussions extended into the classroom with the help of faculty members Jennie Shanker and Shira Walinsky. Students from Moore and MICA participated in 24 Hour Monument, a guided tour and design charette around the city-wide exhibition. These conversations have included reflections on monuments that were controversial from inception as well as others that only became so with the critical distance of time. A monument's site also becomes a crucial factor in considering its relevance—these two themes of time and place are integral to socially-engaged art practices. Three graduate students at Moore (Sara Berg, Steven Mogck and Huewayne Watson) have been investigating these questions in their own work and applied their experiences to reflect on their location here and the school’s position across time.
REFLECTIONS: MOORE AT THE WOMEN'S MARCH
January 20 – March 24, 2018
An exhibition of photographs and protest signs that show Moore's involvemenrt in the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC. The College filled a bus with students, faculty, staff and board members for a trip down to join the millions of participants marching for women's advocacy. Photographic documentation by Mellany Armstrong.