January 2010

John Wayne by Marisol
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Major University Exhibition Rediscovers Lost Legacy of Women Pop Artists"With Love to Jean Paul Belmondo" by Pauline Boty
"Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958 - 1968," the first major exhibition of work by female Pop artists, opens January 22 in three different galleries at the University of the Arts. The show features Marisol's "John Wayne" sculpture (top left), commissioned by Life magazine for an issue on movies; "Black Rosy," an eight-foot-tall "Nana" sculpture exploring the role of women, by French sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle; Rosalyn Drexler's oil and acrylic work "Chubby Checker," the basis of which was the poster for the movie "Twist Around the Clock"; the Times Square-inspired "Ampersand," a multi-layered stylized and illuminated neon ampersand in a Plexiglas cube by Chryssa, one of the first artists to utilize neon in her work; and a 17-foot-long triptych by Idelle Weber. Paintings and sculptures by Pauline Boty, Vija Celmins, Dorothy Grebenak, Kay Kurt, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Lozano, Mara McAfee, Barbro Ostlihn, Martha Rosler, Marjorie Strider and Alina Szapocznikow are also featured in the show. The University has secured loans of artwork from the National Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Neuberger Museum (Purchase, N.Y.) and major private collectors. The show runs through March 15.

Top left: "John Wayne" (detail) by Marisol, 1963, mixed media, 104 x 96 x 15 inches, Art Marisol Escobar/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

Above: "With Love to Jean Paul Belmondo" (detail) by Pauline Boty, 1962, oil on canvas, 48 x 59 7/8 inches.

"Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958 - 1968" was organized by the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts. This project, along with a documentary film by Glenn Holsten, has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. Additional funding for the film is generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and the Quaker Chemical Foundation.

PHILAGRAfiKA 2010 to Feature University Fibers and Liberal Arts Faculty Members, Former Trustee
Mi-Kyoung Lee, head of the Fibers program, and photographer Tim Fitts, a senior lecturer in the Liberal Arts division, will exhibit rece"Sintanjin 57" by Tim Fittsnt work during PHILAGRAfiKA 2010, Philadelphia's international festival celebrating print in contemporary art, at the Dalet Gallery show "In Between." Photographer Ernestine Ruben, a former member of the University's board of trustees, will also exhibit work in the show. Lee has been creating material drawings and sculpture with found objects such as hair, paper towels and pipe cleaners. Fitts constructs layered images using abandoned construction materials, junkyards and fish markets, investigating sites of urban decay. Ruben investigates the principals of photographic applications to other media such as dance, glass, sculpture and architecture. The show runs January 23 - February 26; gallery talk (5 p.m.) and opening reception (4 - 6 p.m.) will be held January 23. The Dalet Gallery will host a mid-show reception February 5, 5 - 9 p.m.

Above: "Sintanjin 57" by Tim Fitts
2006 Dance Alumna Rocks Radio City as a RocketteThe Rockettes
This past holiday season has been like none other for Dance alumna Jessica Osborne '06 (pictured far right), a new member of the world famous Rockettes who performed in the ensemble's ever-popular "Christmas Spectacular" at New York City's Radio City Music Hall more than 200 times in the past two months. The 25-year-old Osborne recently joined the New York production after spending the past year with the show's touring company, "Christmas Across America." With its trademark high kicks, precision movements to numbers like "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," beautiful costumes and medley of memorable holiday tunes, the "Christmas Spectacular" has entertained families for nearly 80 years. But Osborne says it's not as easy as the Rockettes make it look. "It's a lot of work," she told the Times-Tribune of her hometown Scranton, Pa. "You not only have to be an extraordinary dancer, but you have to be tough." She added that the show "is magic to the audience...people leave with this memory of the show, and they have it forever. We've done our job if we see everyone smile and walk away and know it was part of their Christmas."

Top right: The world famous Rockettes
University Web-Based Serial Drama 'Goodnight Wonderland' DebutsGoodnight Wonderland
"Goodnight Wonderland," a collaborative Web-based serial drama by students in the College of Media and Communication has had the Internet buzzing since its debut in December. Developed by students in the Communication Production Workshop course, the drama follows the tormented Gabe Alden as he attempts to uncover the mysteries surrounding the cultish killings that follow him wherever he goes. Writing for Film and Television junior Chris Tharp developed the original premise for the series this past year and is the head writer. In that role, Tharp is responsible for storylines and supervises a writing staff of student writers.

The Rockettes
 
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