InLiquid and Park Towne Place invite you to join a celebratory evening featuring two new exhibitions and the acquisition of major artwork. A reception will be held in the South Tower, with artist talks beginning at 6:30.
Margery Amdur, Linda Brenner, Colleen Keefe and Kristin Schattenfield-Rein tell the story of changing landscapes and cityscapes through art objects, actions, drawings, and installation. As part of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s Centennial Celebration of Collections and Connections, the artists’ work incorporates objects and imagery that are tied to a previous history. Wood from the site of the Barnes Foundation, Christmas trees discarded on Philadelphia Streets, maps and found objects are altered from their original purpose by the artists’ varying processes, telling a new story.
Mixed Media Commissioned Work and Glass Mosaic – East Tower
A new mixed media commission by Maria Schneider entitled Invisible Cities: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Series, has been installed in the East Tower lobby. Three imposing glass mosaic windows by award-winning artist Mariette De Coriolis Bevington-Glover, discovered in the basement during Park Towne’s redevelopment, have been restored and are now on display in the East Tower.
An exhibition of ceramic sculptures by the late Nicholas Kripal will be on display in the North Tower. Kripal was the Chair of the Crafts Department at the Tyler School of Art and Vice President of Crane Arts LLC, Philadephia. He was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a Pollock – Krasner Foundation Grant and his work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally.
Honey Locust, by the artist duo Joel Erland and Kate Kaman (EKE), is a 46-foot steel sculpture inspired by the tree in its title and has been permanently installed in the outdoor Rain Garden adjacent to the South Tower. It further connects the themes of art, habitat, and the ecology of the Parkway and will provide vibrant color all year.
We are thrilled to honor the artists of these new works as we welcome residents and the public to this visual evening! Complimentary refreshments and light bites will be served in the South Tower. Artist talks at 6:30pm.
*title image by Margery Amdur