Two group shows and the end of Vox’s video.
After three years of solid programming, Screening Video—the room behind the black curtain in Vox Populi’s entryway—is going away. For its last show ever, the little project space offers “Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy,” feminist artist Joan Jonas’ 17-minute, black-and-white performance video from 1972. Jonas is a seminal figure in ’60s and ’70s performance video, and “Organic Honey” features her mugging for the camera in front of a mirror, trying on different personas and performing ritual behaviors. A baby-doll mask transforms her into her seductive alter ego, Organic Honey. Influenced by Japanese Noh theater, Jonas’ experimentation with the camera and focus on archetypical women prefigure works by today’s video artists Kate Gilmore and Pippilotti Rist. Gilmore and Rist, like Jonas, use ritualized performance and sexually charged characters in scenes that are ultimately threatening. Screening, the brainchild of artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, will be missed. The quiet little niche with comfy foam seating was a must-visit space for experimental and interesting videos. (Roberta Fallon)
Fri., June 4
319 N. 11th St.
Before the summer heat turns every Philadelphian into a raving purplish monster, let’s all think happy thoughts. Bridgette Mayer Gallery does just that this month with its feel-good anniversary show to celebrate its ninth year doing business in Philadelphia. Proceeds of the show benefit Ready, Willing & Able, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing and paid work training for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals; the “men in blue” of RWA maintain Philadelphia’s public spaces and keep the city’s parks and squares clean and functional. The show includes more than 100 10-by-10-inch panels, which have been created by artists, local and national, and one local artist who is also an RWA trainee. Prices are between $500 and $1000, and photographer Kyle Ferino’s portraits of men in blue will also be on display in the Vault Room. (Manya Scheps)
Fri., June 4
Through July 2
Bridgette Mayer Gallery
709 Walnut St.
Dig the DIY art scene? Thank Rich Jacobs. For the last 15 years, he’s been plucking little-known artists out of their indie bubbles and helping them launch international careers through his Move series. (For examples, see Brian Chippendale, Taylor McKimens and Phil Frost.) Now, for the first time in more than a decade, he’s bringing Move back to Philly with Some People I Met Rolling Around on the Ground at Space 1026, our own DIY mecca. This is a chance to peep work from more than 50 artists, all of whom created work based on the concept of human interaction. While there will definitely be some unfamiliar names on the walls, notable Philly artists include Adam Wallacavage, Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Stephen Powers. In addition to doing the usual curator shtick at the opening, Jacobs will perform live music along with Tim Kerr, Zomes and Koen Holtcamp. Add it to your First Friday agenda so that you can say you knew them way back when. (Erica Palan)
Fri., June 4
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2