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DEAR NEMESIS

November 17 (All day) - December 28 (All day)

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents “Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993–2013”—the most expansive mid-career survey of this major American artist to date. Featuring more than 120 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, “Dear Nemesis” aims to represent Eisenman’s sprawling 20-year output. 

A painter consistently drawn to figures and faces, Eisenman’s canvases overflow with pathos, humor, tenderness, and violence. An early focus on drawing, evident in murals and installations, evolved into large, narrative paintings clustered with bodies and heads. Often abstracted into planes of color, Eisenman’s heads laugh, cry, kiss, and bend into the glow of cell phones.

Eisenman’s queer and feminist work often repositions historical works of art. Her work frequently reflects Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, and Édouard Manet’s greatest hits recast as bitingly political and deeply intimate subjects, reanimating the radicalism of these classic works.

Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, the exhibition was organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by curator Kelly Shindler, and by Assistant Curator Kate Kraczon for the ICA. 

The exhibition runs at the ICA, 118 S. 36th St. Admission is free, and hours run Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information, visit www.icaphila.org or call 215-898-7108.

Burn the Diaries

BURN THE DIARIES

September 19 (All day) - December 28 (All day)

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents “Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries,” a new body of work by Davey based on the artist’s recent reading of Jean Genet. Moving between photography, writing, and film, Davey’s highly personal and methodical work draws deeply on the form of the essay. A public reception takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at ICA, 118 S. 36th St. The exhibit runs through Dec. 28. Info: www.icaphila.org. 

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SILENT STORIES

December 13 7:30pm

Theatrical whimsy meets silent storytelling in the creative performances by Swiss troupe Mummenschanz, featuring visual effects and props to tell universal stories. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Performances run through Dec. 14. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $30-$75.

Ice Rink

HOLIDAY SKATE

December 14 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Penn Ice Rink offers free admission with a Toys for Tots donation. Penn Ice Rink, 3130 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-1923 or www.upenn.edu/icerink.

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Event Listings

"Resolved" exhibit

LET THERE BE LIGHT

August 27 9:00am - February 24 5:00pm

Type “God” into Google and you’ll get nearly 2 billion search results. God even has His (or Her) own (unverified) Twitter feed. But despite the sophisticated arguments postulated by believers and non-believers, God’s existence remains in dispute. For Penn’s 2012-13 “Year of Proof,” the Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents “Resolved? God Does Not Exist,” a small exhibition selected from the Library’s primary source collections that shows examples of individual works that attempt to prove or disprove the existence of God. The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24, 2013, is on display on the first floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St, next to the Information Desk. For more information, call 215-898-7088 or email rbml@pobox.upenn.edu.

Lesley Hass "Paper" exhibit

PAPER TRAIL

September 4 9:00am - February 15 5:00pm

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library presents a show from Philadelphia native Lesley Haas, “Paper: A Deckled Edge.” The signature of Haas’ work is the use of natural fibers and pigments from various parts of the world, which blend the characteristics of the fibers with different elements of style. Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 1st floor, 3420 Walnut St. Info: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/. The exhibit is on display through Feb. 15, 2013.

THE EYES HAVE IT

February 5 6:30pm - February 6 7:30pm

Mary Utter, DACVO, presents the talk, "Eye Cancer in horses - What it looks like and what you can do about it." This is part of a series of free monthly talks for horse owners and enthusiasts presented by Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine. New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Rd., Woerner Auditorium, Kennett Square, Pa. There is limited seating; RSVP to Barbara Belt at 610-925-6500 or beltb@vet.upenn.edu. Info: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/FirstTuesdays.

Hahn book jacket

TWO WORLDS

February 6 5:30pm

Penn Professor of History and Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Hahn discusses his book, "The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom." Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7595 or www.upenn.edu/bookstore.

DEATH BECOMES HER

February 6 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Jennifer Wegner, associate curator in the Egyptian Section at the Penn Museum, discusses “From Actium to an Asp: The Beginning of the End for Cleopatra the Great” for the “Great Battles: Moments in Time that Changed History” lecture series. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Admission with advance registration: $5 general public; $2 Museum members; $10 at the door based on availability.

MOVE THE CROWD

February 6 8:00pm

Spoken Soul 215 is a spoken word artist collective dedicated to promoting open mic events throughout the Philadelphia region. The collective hosts The Harvest every month, where poets, vocalists, lyricists, MCs, and musicians share their gifts. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-222-1400 or www.worldcafelive.com. $9, $11.