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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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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. 

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.

WINTER WONDERLAND

November 28 (All day) - January 5 (All day)

Visitors of the popular Holiday Garden Railway will be impressed by a quarter-mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with 15 different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges, and bustling model trains. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Info: 215-247-5777 or www.morrisarboretum.org.

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HENRIQUE OLIVEIRA

December 18 (All day) - January 15 (All day)

For nearly a decade, artist Henrique Oliveira has been known for his cavernous, monumental constructions, which have taken over galleries and other public spaces in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Brisbane, Houston, and other cities around the world.

In a site-specific installation curated by Arthur Ross Gallery Associate Director Dejáy B. Duckett, Oliveira brings his work to Philadelphia in an exhibition titled “Adenocalcinoma Poliresidual.” The exhibition runs through Jan. 15.

This collaboration with the Arthur Ross Gallery marks the first time Oliveira’s work has been shown in Philadelphia. The sculpture is a three-dimensional interpretation of a photograph, transforming the image into a large-scale mixed-media object. The exhibition title is a play on the word “adenocarcinoma,” a type of cancerous tumor, and “calcination,” referring to the burning of the materials used in the sculpture. “Poli” refers to the variety of materials used—many of which were found in the trash. 

“Various types of materials were used as coating, creating a kind of ‘skin’—metal sheets, plastic, asphalt, fiberglass, foam, et cetera,” Oliveira says. “Mostly from synthetic origin, these components aim to establish a correspondence between one of the most common disorders in the human body [cancer], and the environmental aggression made by humankind.”

The exhibition is on display at the Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 215-898-2083 or visit www.arthurrossgallery.org.

FULL HEARTS

December 18 (All day)

The Savoy Company of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur theater company in the world devoted to the production of operas by Gilbert and Sullivan. Penn Libraries’ exhibition, “Let Every Heart Be Filled with Joy,” traces the history of the company, beginning with its founding in 1901 by Penn alumnus Alfred Reginald Allen. Eugene Ormandy Gallery, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, 3420 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-7555 or www.library.upenn.edu. The exhibit runs through late 2016.

GENTLE YOGA

December 18 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Penn HR for a gentle yoga session and explore the natural movements of the spine with slow and fluid moving bends and soft twists. During this session, flow into modified sun salutations that loosen those tightened muscles and joints of the lower back, neck, shoulders, and wrists. Studio 414, Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, 3701 Walnut St. Info: Registration is required. www.hr.upenn.edu. 

FROM HUMAN TO ZEBRAFISH

December 18 3:00pm - 4:00pm

John Stegeman, senior scientist and director at the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health, joins Penn’s Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology’s Seminar Series to discuss “Genes Involved in Xenobiotic Metabolism: Unity and Diversity from Human to Zebrafish.” Smilow Center for Translational Research, 3400 Civic Center Blvd. Info: www.ceet.upenn.edu.

UGLY SWEATERS

December 18 5:00pm

Join the Black Law Students Association and toast to the end of the semester at the group’s ugly sweater restaurant/pub crawl. Proceeds will help two Project PEACE students attend Drexel’s summer program. Various locations. Info: Wristbands are required for entry and can be purchased in advance. joselam@law.upenn.edu or www.law.upenn.edu. $5.

NICOLE ATKINS

December 18 7:00pm

Nicole Atkins, a tour-de-force of late-night pop, performs favorites such as “Red Ropes.” World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Info: 215-898-8721 or www.philly.worldcafelive.com. $14-$22.

TASTY TOUR

December 19 (All day)

Take a food tour influenced by the new book “Culinary Expeditions: A Celebration of Food and Culture Inspired by Penn Museum Treasures,” and visit 10 food-related artifacts in the Museum galleries via a self-guided tour. Penn Museum, 3260 South St. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. Free with Museum admission.

OWN THE INTERVIEW

December 19 1:30pm

In a Penn HR session titled “Own the Interview,” review LinkedIn and other resources to gain valuable knowledge and skills before and throughout the interview process. Learn tips, tricks, and preparation tools to feel confident in every interview situation and ultimately, land the job. 3624 Market St. Info: Registration is required. www.hr.upenn.edu.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

December 19 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Start a new holiday tradition and enjoy the Holiday Garden Railway when it is lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Info: Advance registration is highly recommended. 215-247-5777 or www.morrisarboretum.org. $9 member adults, $3 member children, $16 non-member adults, $8 non-member children.

WHEN IN ROME

December 20 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Get an inside look into the Roman world with glimpses of politics, religion, and art through an engaging docent-led tour of the Penn Museum’s Rome Gallery. Ancient materials of marble, metal, and glass tell the stories of this influential civilization. Penn Museum. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.

YORK STREET HUSTLE

December 20 7:00pm

Each week, a group of 10 musicians arrive in the parking lot of an old funeral home in South Philadelphia where, one by one, they unload their old tube amps and vintage instruments. The result, York Street Hustle, performs a series of reinvigorated yet classic sounds of the 1960s. World Cafe Live. Info: 215-898-8721 or www.philly.worldcafelive.com. $15.

EXPLORE CHINA

December 21 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Join the Penn Museum in an engaging docent-led gallery tour of the China Gallery. See everything in this eclectic gallery from oracle bones and the origin of Chinese writing to the crystal ball of the Dowager Empress of China. The tour includes a beautiful collection of Buddhist artwork, which reveals the importance and historical relevance of Buddhism in China. Penn Museum. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum.

Ice Rink

HOLIDAY SKATE

December 21 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.

BE IN THE KNOW

December 23 (All day)

Faculty and staff who obtained “Be in the Know” health screening results through their health care provider must submit their biometric information directly to AreUFit via the HR website by the end of the day to receive screening credit for the 2014-2015 campaign. Info: www.hr.upenn.edu.

WINTER BREAK

December 25 (All day) - January 4 (All day)

The University will be closed in observance of the winter break.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

December 26 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Start a new holiday tradition and enjoy the Holiday Garden Railway when it is lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings. Morris Arboretum. Info: Advance registration is highly recommended. 215-247-5777 or www.morrisarboretum.org. $9 member adults, $3 member children, $16 non-member adults, $8 non-member children.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

December 29 7:00pm

Penn vs. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The Palestra, 235 S. 33rd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com. 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

December 31 1:00pm

Penn vs. King’s College. The Palestra. Info: www.pennathletics.com.

JAMAICA INN

January 3 7:00pm

International House Philadelphia screens “Jamaica Inn,” Alfred Hitchcock’s last film before leaving England, which tells a tale of thieves and smugglers set on the rocky coast of Cornwall toward the end of the 18th century. IHP, 3701 Chestnut St. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org. $9 general public, $7 students and seniors, free for IHP members.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

January 5 7:00pm

Penn vs. Temple. The Palestra. Info: www.pennathletics.com.

GENETICS SEMINAR

January 6 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Emily Hatch, a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, discusses “Instability in the Nuclear Envelope and its Consequences for Disease” as part of Penn Medicine’s Genetics Faculty Candidate Seminar. Austrian Auditorium, Clinical Research Building, 415 Curie Blvd. Info: www.med.upenn.edu.

12@12

January 7 12:00pm

Enjoy hot topics and insider information on shows with curators, artists, and Arthur Ross Gallery staff at ARG’s new 12-minute lecture series, “12@12.” Light refreshments will be served. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S. 34th St. Info: 215-898-1479 or www.arthurrossgallery.org.

GREAT WONDERS

January 7 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Grant Frame, associate curator for the Penn Museum’s Babylonian Section, discusses “Searching for the Hanging Gardens of Babylon” as part of the Museum’s Great Wonders Lecture Series. Penn Museum. Info: 215-898-4000 or www.penn.museum. $10.

CANCER ADVANCES

January 8 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Sunil Singhal, a thoracic surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “Lung Cancer: State of the Art in 2015” as part of the Advances in Biomedical Optics Seminar. Pizza and light refreshments will be served. Donner Auditorium, Donner Building, 3400 Spruce St. Info: www.physics.upenn.edu.

WOMEN’S AND MEN’S SQUASH

January 10 12:00pm

Penn vs. Dartmouth. Noon at Ringe Courts, 219 S. 32nd St. Info: www.pennathletics.com.

FROM OUTERSPACE

January 10 2:00pm

IHP’s Family Matinee screens “Flight of the Navigator,” the story of a 12-year-old boy who, after being knocked unconscious in 1978, wakes to find that the year is 1986. IHP. Info: 215-387-5125 or www.ihousephilly.org. $5 non-members, free for IHP members.

WOMEN’S AND MEN’S SQUASH

January 11 12:00pm

Penn vs. Harvard. Ringe Courts. Info: www.pennathletics.com.