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  • Ree Morton, Regional Piece, 1976, oil on wood, enamel on celastic, two parts, each 20 × 40". From “Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde.”

    Ree Morton, Regional Piece, 1976, oil on wood, enamel on celastic, two parts, each 20 × 40". From “Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde.”

    “Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde”

    The University of the Arts | Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
    Anderson Hall 320 South Broad Street
    January 22–April 4, 2020

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum
    118-128 North Broad Street
    January 21–April 4, 2020

    Curated by Sid Sachs and Jennie Hirsh

    Philadelphia’s relationship to New York is not incidental but arterial. It shouldn’t have to be said, as the contributions made by the City of Brotherly Love are monumental. This ambitious survey will highlight Philadelphia’s artistic accomplishments during the ’60s and ’70s, a pair of decades it unjustly spent in New York’s shadow. In what will amount to a citywide celebration, the exhibition will be mounted in four venues and will include the work of such local lights as Ree Morton, Rafael Ferrer, and Robert Venturi, among many others, along with performances, films, and ephemera from the era. One highlight will surely be University of the Arts graduate Alex Da Corte’s reenactment of the Allan Kaprow Happening Chicken, 1962, set to take place in the same space it originally scandalized fifty-seven years ago. Amtrak notwithstanding, it should be worth the trip.