Philly Instagramers Get Exhibition at Metropolitan Gallery 250

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Metropolitan Gallery 250‘s next exhibit, “250 x 250,” poses that there might be some true art hiding among the selfies and food porn (or some mother-of-god variation thereof) hogging your Instagram feed. The exhibit, opening March 7th, features  popular Instagram photographer and University of the Arts graduate Austin Hodges (aka @austinxc04)’s street photography, which focuses notably on Philadelphia architecture and urban decay. Hodges’ 28,000-plus followers could scroll through most of the works on-display, but the physical exhibition might make clear the shortcomings of the purely digital.

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COMING SOON: “Costumes of
Downton Abbey” at Winterthur

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Lady Edith’s wedding gown will be among the 40 costume pieces on display starting next month in Winterthur’s “Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibit.

Wilmington’s sprawling Winterthur museum is known for its collection of Americana decorative arts, but starting next month the 175-room former estate of Henry Frances du Pont will tip a hat to British high-living when it opens a display of original threads from Downton Abbey.

See photos of some of the costumes on display after the jump

Weekend Roundup

Friday, Sept. 21

Courtesy of Lynn Wilson

The AIDS Walk kicks off with a special presentation in Rittenhouse Square (11 a.m.) documenting the last 30 years of the disease. Read all about it here.

Lynn Wilson exhibits her collages at Gleaner’s Cafe Gallery (5:30 p.m.).

Yikes celebrates its LEED Platinum status during an unveiling ceremony (5:30 p.m.) at their headquarters on East Girard Ave. The owners of the web design firm are featured in the current fall issue of G Philly.

Pancakes 4 Supper benefits the Philly Trans March (6 p.m.) at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Gender EDGE presents “an evening of bleeding ears” (7 p.m.) at the Turnerdome with bands Sex Gender, Hivebent, Heather Holepuncher and Ex by V.

The Voice contestants Tony Vincent and Juliet Simms perform at Parx Casino (8 p.m.).

The Shortbus Sisters go back to school (10 p.m.) at Tabu with drag performances by Satine Harlow, Navaya Shay, Cherry Pop, Misty Maven and Omyra Lynn.

September Stimulus celebrates with the Second Annual Back 2 School party (10 p.m.) at Shampoo. There’s even an under 21 lounge.

DJ Deejay spins BBG vs. KKR at Sisters (10 p.m.).

Saturday, Sept. 22

It’s Family Play Day at the William Way (10 a.m.) with wildlife experts from the Philadelphia Zoo. Join Philadelphia Family Pride for the fun, free and educational event for kids of all ages.

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, May 11

See the new exhibit Collage at the Latvian Society (starting at 9 a.m.) with works by artists from around the country. The event continues through the weekend.

Watch the documentary Brother Outsider about out civil rights hero Bayard Rustin with a performance by A Voice 4 All People (6 p.m.) at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia.

Courtesy of Tony Enos

Come to the cabaret (7:30 p.m.) at the Mt. Airy Garage with performances by Michael Richard Kelly and the Tamer Tewfik Trio.

Tony Enos performs live (9 p.m.) at South Philly Bar & Grill to benefit the Beacon Light Fund.

Camp Tabu is back (9 p.m.) with a night of humor starring Chip Chantry, Latice, Aaron Hertzog, Mike Logan, T.J. Hurley and Natalie with tag-team hosts Alejandro Morales and R. Eric Thomas.

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Call for Artists

Got art? The William Way LGBT Community Center would like to hear from you. The center is hosting its 7th Annual Juried Arts Show this month (May 18- June 29). Up to three artists will be selected as winners – and they will be featured in exhibitions in the 2013 calendar year.

Kaytie Johnson, the Rochelle F. Levy Director and Curator of The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, is this year’s juror. Prior to her position at Moore, she’s worked at art institutions around the country like DePauw University in Indiana, as well as the Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum. Johnson’s curatorial projects have included “Andy Warhol: I Am a Camera” and a performance art experience with Guillermo Gómez-Peña. She is a regular contributor to the contemporary art journal Artpulse.

Works that are selected will be on sale – the center asks for a 35 percent commission on all works sold.

Here’s how you can enter:

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On Our Gaydar: Keith Haring Exhibit

Keith Haring (American, 1958–1990). Still from Painting Myself into a Corner, 1979. Video, 33 min. Collection Keith Haring Foundation. © Keith Haring Foundation

Keith Haring grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and even attended Kutztown University before dropping out and moving to New York City where – within a few years – he would become one of the kings of art world. His “Radiant Baby” and other famous line drawings would eventually catapult him into fine art stardom after getting a humble start as a graffiti artist along with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf (whose recent mural hovers above Sampan in Philly).

As the 1980s dawned, Haring was moving into the mainstream. His work appeared on T-shirts and fashions, in his Pop Shop, in videos for nightclubs and on walls of famous buildings around the world. He even painted his line drawings on a very famously naked Grace Jones.

The Brooklyn Museum is taking a look at the influential years between 1978 and 1982 in a new exhibition about the gay artist. It’s the first large-scale exhibit of its kind to explore Haring’s early career – and includes 155 works on paper, experimental videos and more than 150 archival pieces – including the artist’s personal notebooks, journals, exhibition flyers and photographs.

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