Fabulous First Friday Finds: Pizza Art, Iranian Women and More

These four engaging openings should make for a busy night out—and a great two months of art.

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Pizza and beer: Hey, you’re gonna need sustenance after the apocalypse, according to artist Jim Anderson, aka GRIMGRIMGRIM.

All Hail the Pizza Lord

You’ve got pizza. You’ve got art. You’ve got a fusion of pizza and art. Just in case Pizza Brain’s quirky, Guinness-World-Record-setting collection of pizza memorabilia isn’t already enough to keep you visually stimulated, the restaurant/museum has invited Philly-based artist and pizza enthusiast Jim Anderson (aka GRIMGRIMGRIM) to showcase a collection of post-apocalyptic, pizza-themed artwork. A fusion of graphic design and scanned drawings, Anderson’s work takes inspiration from pop art while employing his keen eye for absurdity and dark sense of humor. Though the young artist has exhibited at several galleries and nontraditional venues across the city, this will be his first themed show—and the first time he’ll be sharing his grotesque, pepperoni-covered monsters with the world. 7pm. Through March 31. Pizza Brain, 2313 Frankford Ave. 215.291.2965. pizzabrain.org

That Person Who is Your

Taking its title from Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad’s 1950s piece Call to Arms, this multimedia exhibition unites the work of two innovative Iranian artists—Mona Shomali (New York) and Haleh Jamali (U.K.)— whose work aims to challenge Eastern and Western notions of female identity. Highlighting the radical extremes of tradition and modernity that Iranian Americans like herself face, Shomali will be displaying several paintings from her Naked Folklore collection, which captures Iranian women in colorful, nude portraits. These will be juxtaposed by two, single-stream video installations by Jamali, who uses a combination of painting and video in her work. In one of her videos, a woman locks eyes with viewers, maintaining a stagnant facial expression as her clothing, accessories and hairstyle change by the second. In the other, a woman fights to break free from the veil that covers her entire body. Ultimately, the audience is asked to not only consider the preconceived liberated/oppressed dichotomy, but how women of all ethnicities are often defined by their external appearance. 6pm. Through April 26. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. asianartsinitiative.org

X House

For the first time since taking over his own Old City gallery a few months ago, accomplished LGBT artist, photographer and TV personality Butch Cordora will be lending his wall space to other talented local photographers. This month, that photographer is Greg Yenoli, a writer by trade with no formal art training, who, for his second solo exhibition, will be presenting a photo series of tortured faces, oddities and horrors. The featured photographs, much like the show’s title, prove even more haunting in their ambiguity. “It’s a freak show, to put it succinctly,” Yenoli says. “My intent was to capture the feeling of a carnival gone wrong—a sideshow meets American Horror Story.” 5pm. Through March 31. Gallery, 18 S. Third St. gregyenoli.com


Have you always wondered what sort of unique treasures the interior of an artist’s house might contain? Well, you’re about to find out. This fascinating group exhibition brings together more than 60 pieces of art all owned, loved and hung in the homes of Vox Populi members. Whether it’s an eccentric installation made by a close friend or a richly colored painting bartered in exchange for dog sitting duties, as you’d expect, all of the works hold a great deal of emotional value to the owners—perhaps even more so than their own. Alongside each of the featured pieces, the artists will be sharing the personal stories associated with them and the choices involved in collecting. And, to create a more inviting ambiance inside the barren gallery space, several artists will be lending their own couches, chairs, coffee tables, plants and rugs. 6pm. Through March 31. VOX Populi, 319 N. 11th St. 215.238.1236. voxpopuligallery.org

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