Penn Arts Crawl: A day of creativity, exhibitions and new experiences

Galleries and performance spaces will open their doors to the Penn community on Friday, Nov. 20, for the first-ever campus Arts Crawl.

Part of the Arts and the City Year celebration, the Arts Crawl will allow students, faculty and staff to sample from the wide array of arts-related activities and spaces on and near campus. Ty Furman, director of arts initiatives for the Vice Provost for University Life and director of Platt Student Performing Arts House, says the day’s events are an ideal way for people to get to know the creative side of Penn. “There’s something for everyone, from student-initiated projects, to academic programs, to the professional institutions and everything in between,” he says. Designed to raise the profile of the arts and culture on campus and build bridges with the local community, the events will take place at more than 22 locations, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running past 9 p.m. It is impossible to see everything, but by all means, give it the old college try:

8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Kamin Gallery, first floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Experience Penn Libraries’ provocative exhibition, “Werner Pfeiffer (censor, villain, provocateur, experimenter): Book-objects & Artist Books.”

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. McClelland Hall. Past Winners from the College House Student Film Festival.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Addams Gallery, Charles Addams Hall, 200 S. 36th St. First Year MFA Exhibition.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, 220 S. 34th St. “Ben’s House: Designing History at Franklin Court.” Explore the making of Franklin Court through a selection of original sketches, models, and period photographs.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Morris Arboretum, 100 East Northwestern Ave. Spend the afternoon at the Morris Arboretum. Vans will pick up students at the Chestnut Hill West train station on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Noon -7 p.m. University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St. Attend a special reception for a show of small-scale gouache paintings by noted artist David Guinn.

Noon - 8 p.m. Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St. Check out “Dance with Camera,” a group show of more than 30 artists. At 6:30 p.m., author Steven Conn will discuss his new book, “Do Museums Still Need Objects?” Music generously provided by WQHS, Penn’s student radio station.

1 - 3 p.m. Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. Join Writers House and the New Philadelphia Poets for collaborative writing activities. No poetry experience is necessary.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Arthur Ross Gallery, 220 S 34th St. See the exhibition, “Jacob Lawrence and the Urban Experience: Selected Prints 1963-2000.” Take a cell phone scavenger hunt tour and listen to a 10-minute curator’s talk at 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m.

2 - 5 p.m. Rodin College House, 3901 Locust Walk. Rodin College House residents will be showcasing their paintings, sculpture, poetry and music in the lobby gallery.

2 - 4 p.m. Penn Museum, 3620 South St. Enjoy belly dancing, music and Middle Eastern appetizers, and tour “Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery.”

2 - 8 p.m. Artist in Residence Gallery, 4007 Chestnut St., first floor. Exhibit featuring work by 40th Street artists in residence: Vinson Houston, Cecilia Paredes, Joanna Quigley, Glen Sacks and Beth Uzwiak.

4 - 6 p.m. Graduate Student Center, 3615 Locust Walk. An opening reception for a student exhibition and a free concert.

4 - 6 p.m. Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. Penn’s United Minorities Council, Civic House, Penn Bookstore and the Arts and Spirituality Center’s HeartSpeak program host a creative writing workshop and open-mic poetry slam featuring African percussionists.

4 - 6 p.m. Christian Association House, 118 S. 37th St. See murals by Sam Maitin (C’51). Music provided by Penn African Performing Arts.

6 - 7 p.m. Penn Bookstore. Café Poetry readings from Kelly Writers House Suppose An Eyes poetry group.

7 p.m. Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall, 3401 Spruce St. Brad Smith, music director, conducts a program of Stravinsky, Torke, Grantham, and Daugherty by AudioNexus, Penn’s contemporary music ensemble.

8 p.m. Fisher-Bennett Hall, Rose Recital Hall, fourth floor, 3340 Walnut St. Penn music instructors Beverly Shin (violin) and Yuko Gordon (piano) present a recital featuring a repertoire from the Romantic era and the 20th century.

8 p.m. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. An installment of the GATE series, featuring local and international musicians.

8 p.m. Dunlop Auditorium, Stemmler Hall, 34th and Hamilton Walk. The Pennchants and Quaker Notes a cappella groups perform.

8 p.m. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bruce E. Montgomery Theater, 3680 Walnut St. The Theatre Arts Program presents Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Tickets are $4.

8 p.m. Penn Museum, Harrison Auditorium. Penn’s a cappella group Off The Beat performs.

8:30 p.m. Platt Student Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St. Students, faculty and staff perform at Up On Stage, Penn’s open mic.

9 p.m. World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St. The Swimmers and Penn alum Siddhartha Khosla’s band, Goldspot, perform. Tickets $9; $4 w/Penn student ID.

9:30 p.m. Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. Finish up at Annenberg After Hours, featuring food from local restaurants, prizes and music and art projections from Pieris Music.

For more information, stop by the Terrace Room in Claudia Cohen Hall from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 20, or go to www.vpul.upenn.edu/platthouse.

Originally published Nov. 12, 2009

Originally published on November 12, 2009