PHOTOS: Street Artist Turns Part of the PAFA Paint Torch Sculpture Into a Poop Emoji

Best local April Fool’s joke yet? Street artist Kid Hazo has attached two big eyes and a mouth to the drop of paint that’s part of the gigantic Paint Torch sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and it kind of looks just like the poop emoji.

It’s not, though, at least I don’t think it is. He calls it I, and the materials are made and put together with of 1/2″ foamboard and M3 double-sided tape.



It’s showing with a limited run at PAFA—until, as Streets Dept. points out, a security guard or passerby decides to take it down.

See more photos at Streets Dept.

Tableau: The New Cafe Open Inside PAFA

PAFACafeA new cafe is now open in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Tableau is run by Starr Restaurants Catering and is located inside the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building at 128 North Broad Street.

The menu is simple cafe fare–a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads and baked goods–and there’s also a full coffee bar serving La Colombe coffee. The place also has a liquor license, so it’s serving a selection of wine and beer, with special discounts for PAFA members.

Tableau opens at 8am, Monday through Friday, and at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays. Large paintings by PAFA student artists decorate the walls, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors allow for the cafe to be opened to the outside in warm weather–which, with any luck, we’ll be seeing soon.

Tableau [Official]

There’s a Cool Time-Juggling Sculpture Outside of PAFA Right Now

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts building (yes, that iconic Frank Furness designed structure on North Broad) now has a head-turning addition: a 16-foot sculpture called “Young Punch Juggling” by artist Robert Taplin.

According to NewsWorks‘ Peter Crimmins, the installation is “the second in an ongoing series of temporary sculptures” that will be situated on the iconic building’s façade. PAFA’s museum director says the sculpture, which shows Punch juggling objects from different time periods, was designed with the building in mind. From NewsWorks:

[Harry] Philbrick asked Talpin to create a sculpture that responds to the building. Famed architect Frank Furness designed it in 1875 as his own contemporary response to traditional: he made a steel-trussed building with a classic Gothic Revival façade, including a sculpture platform over the front door – a plinth.

Here’s a look at the sculpture going up…

PAFA’s 16th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosted its 16th annual Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction on Saturday, November 8, 2014, to honor the passion and joie de vivre of Jean-Charles Boisset (JCB). Boisset was born in the village of Vougeot, France. His lifelong passion for wine began as a child growing up within view of the centuries-old vineyards of Château du clos de Vougeot. His family founded their winery in 1961.

Leading up to the gala, Boisset was wined and dined at private dinners throughout the week, and participated in two public events. Friday it was Baubles, Bubbly & Boisset at Joan Shepp, where guests were able to sip JCB’s favorite vintages while shopping and viewing Cameron Silver’s favorite vintage designer clothing. Saturday it was Boisset Bubbly Brunch Crawl with Rouge, a.kitchen and Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel; guests enjoyed brunch and pairings at each stop.

Saturday night was the gala at PAFA. Kicking off the evening was a well-attended cocktail party where guests could enjoy tasty delights by Stephen Starr Events, and could bid on vintage bottles of spirits ranging from a signed Hennessey Cognac signed by Shepard Fairey ($40) to a One double Magnum Staglin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 at $1,600. Dinner was prepared by Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Table who served Roasted Pheasant for the main course. After dinner, Jean-Charles Boisset was presented the Thomas Jefferson Award and a delicious array of desserts were served.

Photos from PAFA’s 16th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala after the jump »

PHOTOS: Indigo Ball 2014

On Saturday night, the William Way Community Center hosted its annual, oh-so-stylish fundraiser Indigo Ball at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). As always, it brought out Philly’s best-dressed LGBTers for a night of dancing, cocktailing and mingling. Philly photographer Sammy Munsch was in the house, and she was kind enough to share some of her best shots from the evening.



David Lynch’s Twin Peaks To Make Triumphant Return in 2016

Yes, you read that correctly: David Lynch and Mark Frost’s hit television series, Twin Peaks, will return for a 9-episode run in 2016. The miniseries will air on Showtime, 25 years after it’s original run on ABC.

Deadline reports that the series will be set in present day and speculates that some of Lynch and Frost’s favorite actors will return. Lynch, a former Philadelphian and PAFA graduate, will direct the miniseries, while he and Frost will write all the episodes.

In the 24 years that have elapsed since the show’s premiere in 1990, the mystery of Laura Palmer’s murder has gained a next-generation cult following. Rumors of the show’s return began in August when Lynch posted a cryptic tweet announcing his search for the actor who played Big Ed Hurley on Twin Peaks.

Frost and Lynch fueled the rumors Friday when they sent out messages quoting one of the show’s catchphrases:

This morning the creators sent out identical messages confirming the new project:

Lynch’s alma mater, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is currently housing “David Lynch: A Unified Field,” an exhibit containing about 90 of the artist’s paintings and drawings from 1965 to the present. The exhibit also features a few of Lynch’s early short films, shot in Philadelphia. The exhibit runs through January 11th, 2015. 

11 Things To Do In Philly This Weekend

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

The Philadelphia FringeFest continues this weekend.

Here’s our Friday-Saturday-Sunday fun-time list of events in the Philly region: we’re loving how art-centric this September weekend is shaping up.

 

Additional reporting by Bryan Buttler.

David Lynch Visits PAFA, Taste-Tests Federal Donuts’ Lynch-Inspired Treats

David Lynch with Bob Cozzolino, PAFA senior curator and curator of modern art

David Lynch with Bob Cozzolino, PAFA senior curator and curator of modern art

Film director David Lynch showed up at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) to discuss the much-anticipated exhibition of his work opening at PAFA on Saturday, September 13th. “David Lynch: The Unified Field” will be Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States, featuring works from all periods of The Mulholland Drive director’s career.

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WATCH: Bizarre Trailer for David Lynch’s Upcoming PAFA Exhibit

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is readying for a much-hyped new David Lynch exhibit, called “The Unified Field.” The exhibition will feature, among other things, 90 of Lynch’s drawings and paintings from 1965 to present, and some early short films, including 1967’s Six Men Getting Sick. To promote it, Lynch made this bizarre trailer which finds him lying awkwardly in a black space flicking light balls and talking gibberish. It’s very David Lynch:

“David Lynch” The Unified Earth” is Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. It opens September 13th and will run through December 28th. For more information, go here.

 

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