Tag Archives: Philadelphia

American Voyageur

Few American writers have achieved the cultural impact of Herman Melville, author of the eternal classic Moby-Dick, yet he died unrecognized by his contemporaries for his genius. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Melville’s birth, Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library has … Continue reading

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Ghost Ship

For the month of October, a Ghost Ship can be found on the Delaware River at Race Street Pier  on the Philadelphia waterfront. The Ghost Ship is a project created by artists Biangle Studio, curator Ryan Strand Greenberg, and the Delaware River … Continue reading

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Philadelphia: Word on the Street

 Philly-based street artist Marisa Velázquez-Rivas  has launched a series of wheatpaste street art work around town titled Smash the Fash , which depicts Nazi and white supremacist symbols being crushed by a hand with some impressive nails. In a Facebook … Continue reading

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We Sing The Body Electric

Today is Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday . This offers an important opportunity to reassess his tremendous contributions to American life and literature at a time when our country is so polarized. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the Pew Center … Continue reading

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Stand in Philadelphia

Just before Philadelphia got walloped by the infamous polar vortex, British artist Antony Gormley installed an impressive large-scale series of sculptures called STAND on the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The huge figures invite engagement from the … Continue reading

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It’s Always Sunny In South Philadelphia

Tomorrow a new indie bookstore is having its official grand opening in south Philly. A Novel Idea, which has had a gradual soft roll-out over the past few weeks, is owned and managed by writer Christina Rosso-Schneider and her artist husband Alexander … Continue reading

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Seeing Philadelphia in 1845

 Philadelphia: City Sights for Little Folks features illustrations of things you could expect to see on a journey through town in 1845. The title, which offers brief descriptions and occasional rhymes, was surprisingly written for children. The book was printed via stereotype, … Continue reading

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Word on the street : VOTE

This past week street artist Joe Boruchow has been encouraging Philadelphia residents to get out the vote with wheatpastes around town.

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Bram Stoker: Library Miscreant

I have been a fan of Bram Stoker’s creepy classic Dracula ever since my first reading as a child. Here in Philadelphia, we are fortunate to have a fascinating collection of Stoker’s notes for the book at the wonderful Rosenbach Museum and … Continue reading

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Release the kraken

British street artists Luke Egan and Pete Hamilton—aka Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellos—visited the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard this week and installed a gigantic inflatable sculpture in an abandoned warehouse on the Delaware River waterfront. The twenty purple, blue , … Continue reading

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