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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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Gallery: The Magnificent Gymnasium Ruins Beneath the Metropolitan

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When Stephen Solms purchased an old YMCA just north of 15th and Arch in the 1980s, there was enough money for Historic Landmarks for Living to convert the old single-occupancy rooms into 120 apartments. That meant shuttering the gymnasium that occupied the second and third floors of the 26-story building and using it for storage. Solms’ successor, Jeff Reinhold, and his residential company own the Metropolitan today. And they’ve decided it’s time to restore the historic gym to its former glory — but this time with modern cardio equipment.

The Metropolitan currently hosts a standard high-rise apartment fitness room. After the restoration, the equipment will be moving to a much bigger room just off the main gymnasium. The gym will be open to residents from all of Reinhold’s apartment buildings, two of which — the Lofts at Logan View and the Packard — are mere blocks away.

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Is Bloomingdale’s Coming to the Gallery?

_DSC8189 (Custom)HughE Dillon over at PhillyChitChat says that the Bloomie’s folks have been here four times to look at the Burlington Coat Factory space, and the last time they brought lawyers and a design team.

Gallery owner PREIT did not return an official call for comment, though one person there said he didn’t know anything about it but that he wasn’t approved to comment. Dillon has a really reliable source, though, and the last tip he got from said source panned out exactly as predicted.

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What We Love: Free Admission to the Barnes

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The Barnes Foundation is celebrating its grand opening this weekend on the Ben Franklin Parkway, where the new museum was built to house the impressive collection of art amassed by Dr. Albert C. Barnes. The original Main Line location of the collection in Merion will now be used as the home base for the center’s horticultural programs, as well as classes and the archives. And the new museum, well, it’s debuting many exciting new additions in a sprawling 93,000-square-foot space.

Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the museum was conceived as a gallery within a garden near both the Rodin Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. And while its path to Philly was paved with no shortage of controversy – in his will, Barnes stipulated that the collection be maintained in his home (he had conflicts with political leaders in Philly before his untimely death in a car accident in 1951) – the museum changes the art landscape in the city.

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