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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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ICA AT 50

February 12 (All day) - August 17 (All day)

To mark half a century as one of the leading contemporary art museums in the world, the exhibition “ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963” animates the Institute of Contemporary Art’s past and propels it into the future. The ICA is celebrating the anniversary by examining lesser-known moments in contemporary art, engage today’s artists, commission new projects, and move toward the unknown. The show runs through Aug. 17. For a full list of artists included in the show, and details on free public events during the exhibition’s run, go to www.icaphila.org

INDIGENOUS ARTIFACTS

April 10 10:00am - July 6 5:00pm

A curatorial seminar organized by Larry Silver, a professor of history of art, culminates with “On the Wings of Eagle and Raven: Tlingit and Haida Traditions,” celebrating artifacts of Northwest Coast American Indians/First Nations. The exhibition runs through July 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St. Info: 215-898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG.

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CAPTURING SKYLINES

April 16 (All day) - June 30 (All day)

In “From Rio to Brotherly Love,” International House Philadelphia exhibits the work of Daniel Gafanhoto, a fine-art photographer who photographs and processes cityscapes, including Philadelphia’s, in a distinct and personal way. The exhibition will be on display through June 30. An opening reception for the exhibit runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at IHP, 3701 Chestnut St. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org.

PLAGUE RUMORS

April 16 11:55am

Listen to David Wallace’s 60-Second Lecture, “Rumors of Approaching Bubonic Plague Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” Stiteler Plaza, 37th Street and Locust Walk. Info: www.sas.upenn.edu/60-second-lecture.

RESOLVING CONFLICT

April 16 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Learn how to navigate the political waters at work and elsewhere with an HR program on conflict resolution. This seminar shows how both reason and emotion can spark and fuel disagreements. Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St. Info: Registration is required. www.hr.upenn.edu.

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ADDICTION INCORPORATED

April 16 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join the Penn Institute for Urban Research for the final event in a four-part film series on urban planning and public health featuring a screening of “Addiction Incorporated,” a documentary about whistleblower Victor DeNoble, the research scientist at a major tobacco company who proved that cigarettes are addictive. Room B3, Meyerson Hall, 210 S. 34th St. Info: Registration is required. www.penniur.upenn.edu. 

BRAVE TESTIMONY

April 16 6:00pm

Kelly Writers House, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Annenberg School for Communication host Brenda Marie Osbey, a poet, prose nonfiction writer, and former Poet Laureate of Louisiana, for “Brave Testimony: A Celebration of Poetry of the African Diaspora.” Arts Cafe, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. Info: www.africana.sas.upenn.edu.

SOFTBALL

April 16 6:00pm

Penn vs. Drexel. Penn Park. Info: www.pennathletics.com.