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nemesis

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. 

silent

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

Quilt

HOW TO MAKE A NATIVE AMERICAN QUILT

February 21 10:00am - April 7 12:00am

“Creating: Quilts of the Lakota” presents more than 20 eye-dazzling quilts from the Pine Ridge Heritage Center and Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In addition, 19th-century Lakota artifacts from the Penn Museum will provide a context for Native sewing traditions prior to the introduction of quilting at Pine Ridge. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG.

Life of Brian

LIFE OF BRIAN

February 21 11:00am - March 31 6:00pm

“Brian Weil” is the first career retrospective of a photographer who has documented often invisible communities. The exhibit presents 60 photographs, prints, and videos from five distinct bodies of work: “Hasidim,” “Miami Crime,” “Sex,” “AIDS,” as well as a long-term project with members of nascent transgender support groups. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th St. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org.

ALL THAT GLITTERS AND FOLDS

February 21 11:00am - March 31 6:00pm

“Glitter and Folds” presents photography, video, and site-specific installations by four contemporary artists—Crystal Z. Campbell, Field Kallop, Jayson Keeling, and Carter Mull—in whose works glitter appears to reveal a folding of invisible phenomena into material reality. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org.

White

CONTEMPORARY HEART

February 21 11:00am - July 28 6:00pm

“White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart” features the work of artists engaged with clothing, adornment, and self-presentation to highlight the inventive design, tactical implementation, or sartorial sense by which we multiply and complete our personalities. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org.

JUST THE THIRTEEN OF US

March 21 (All day) - April 19 (All day)

“Thirteen” is the fine arts senior thesis show featuring work by PennDesign students Blanca Abramek, Christine Alix, Gerald Cheng, Kate Clayton, Margaret Diacont, Anna Dorr, Maggie Edkins, Natalie Gravier, Karissa Justice, Jean Kim, Tara McConachie, Tom McQuaid, and Cindy Rodriguez. Charles Addams Hall, 200 South 36th St. Info: Contact Erin Williams at 215-573-5134 or visit www.thesis2013.upennfinearts.com.

Men's Lacrosse

MEN’S LACROSSE

March 30 1:00pm

Penn vs. Yale. Franklin Field. Info: www.pennathletics.com.