Featured Events



December 1 (All day)

Philadelphia artist Tiona McClodden presents a new online project commemorating celebrated African American poet Essex Hemphill on the 20th anniversary of his death from AIDS complications in Philadelphia, where he was a crucial member of the city’s creative community. "Af·fixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex" will take over ICA’s website on World AIDS Day, as an online ritual to invoke Hemphill’s spirit. Check it out at icaphila.org.

garden railway


November 27 (All day) - January 3 (All day)

Back again this year, the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., is featuring its bustling model trains running on a quarter-mile track through its ornamented winter garden. The beloved Holiday Garden Railway display is decorated with small buildings—even a replica of Independence Hall—made with natural materials. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season as part of the Arboretum's "Friday Night Lights," which takes place Dec. 4, 11, and 18 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 215-247-5777 or morrisarboretum.org.

stefan al


December 9 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Stefan Al, a Penn associate professor of urban design, will discuss his latest book, “Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements,” at the Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Info: penniur.upenn.edu. Registration is required.

Sweet Honey in the Rock


December 12 8:00pm

Internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform its mix of blues, African, jazz, gospel, and R&B music at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org. $20-$50.

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Event Listings



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.

The Bullfighter


April 19 10:00am - July 28 12:00am

“La Tauromaquia: Carnicero, Goya, Picasso and the Bullfight” features 70 exceptional prints by Antonio Carnicero (1748-1814), Francisco Goya (1746-1828), and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). This exhibition reveals founder Arthur Ross’ passion for master prints and honors his vision for a university gallery that presents exhibitions of art and artifacts from around the world. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 South 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG. Exhibit on display through July 28.

Karen Black


April 30 11:00am - July 28 6:00pm

“Karla Black” showcases the work by an artist who constructs large-scale, site-specific sculptures using amorphous yet everyday materials—from dirt, chalk, and dough, to the powders, sprays, and gooey substances we use to coat our bodies. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org. Exhibit on display through July 28.

She May


April 30 11:00am - July 28 6:00pm

“Each One As She May: Ligon, Reich, and De Keersmaeker” features the work of conceptual artist Glenn Ligon, musician Steve Reich, and dancer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The exhibition was organized by Penn students in the Spiegel Contemporary Art Freshman Seminar, and is a collaboration between the ICA and Penn’s Department of the History of Art. ICA. Info: 215-898-7108 or www.icaphila.org. Exhibit on display through July 28.

Black Bodies


June 6 10:00am - March 2 5:00pm

“Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster” presents 33 posters aimed at mobilizing people of color in war efforts, even as they faced oppression at home. Tukufu Zuberi, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations at Penn, curates the exhibition, which features posters from his private collection. Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Merle-Smith Galleries, 1st Floor. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Free with Museum admission.


July 20 11:00am - 1:00pm

In “Let’s Move! Be A Bug,” giggle your way through bug boot camp as you learn how to hop like a grasshopper, float like a dragonfly, and spin like a spider. Morris Arboretum. Info: 215-247-5777 or www.morrisarboretum.org. Free with admission.