A group of like-minded, independent art groups currently active in Philadelphia, have come together for the CITYWIDE project. Through CITYWIDE, these groups will unify Philadelphia’s artist-run collectives in a multi-gallery month-long exhibit. Throughout November 2013, more than twenty collectives will participate in an exchange of exhibitions, ideas and practices. The multi-venue exhibit will be located in different neighborhoods throughout the city.
From November 1 – 25, 2013, Vox Populi hosted Space 1026, Marginal Utility, Magic Pictures Gallery, Termite TV collective and Basekamp within it’s exhibition spaces. As part of the exchange, the Vox Populi collective re-visited the inaugural show “Fort-Thunder” (an homage to the space of the same name from Providence, RI) at Space 1026 located at 1026 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA. Vox Populi assisted integrally within this project by helping oversee grant funds and finances for the multi-venue project; Citywide was generously funded by a grant from the Knight Arts Foundation, with additional funds from individual supporters through a series of community fundraisers and an exhibition catalogue Kickstarter campaign.
In an effort to unify the community of the artist-run scene, CITYWIDE: A Collective Exhibition, will bring together the twenty artist-run entities of Vox Populi, Grizzly Grizzly, Marginal Utility, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Practice, NAPOLEON, Little Berlin, Space 1026, Fjord, McCartney/Belknap Projects, Rebekah Templeton, Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Basekamp, Highwire, The Traction Company, In Liquid, Paradigm Gallery, Magic Pictures Gallery, Termite TV Collective, BYOPrint Studios, Pterodactyl, The Soapbox, Title Magazine, and The Nicola Midnight St. Claire.
Participating artist-run galleries will host and exchange with other spaces resulting in a collaborative exchange across the board geographically and ideologically. CITYWIDE will simultaneously showcase work from over 19 Philadelphia based collective galleries and four curatorial and project based groups, representing in total – over 100 local artists. The essence of CITYWIDE lies in collaborative action. CITYWIDE will continue to promote the city of Philadelphia as a successful model for artistic empowerment.
During the month long November 2013 exhibition, a panel discussion was hosted with visiting and local critics as well as a keynote speaker. At the conclusion of the project, a printed color exhibition catalogue was created to serve as a tangible record of the collaborative roving exhibition CITYWIDE’s promotional materials also included a hand-illustrated map to encourage participants to venture into a variety of neighborhoods and explore alternate spaces throughout the city. See the venues online on this Google Map.
citywide vox-related events
Opening reception at all venues
Friday, November 1st, 6-11PM
CITYWIDE Meet and Greet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Wednesday, November 6th, 6-9pm
Fort Thunder Attaks… Again! A night of noise, drums, masks and wrestling at Space 1026 presented by Vox Populi
Friday, November 8th, 6-11pm
OOF Animation Collective, Thanksgiving Dinner, Screening at AUX, Vox Populi
Saturday, November 9th, 7pm
NAVIGATING CITYWIDE: A Panel Discussion moderated by Richard Torchia.Panelists: Matthew Higgs, Nicola Trezzi, Salem Collo-Julin, Kaytie Johnson at The Stewart Auditorium at Moore College of Art and Design
Wednesday, November 13th, 6:30-8:30pm
CITYWIDE Shuttle Bus Day: Free shuttle buses will circulate visitors to all participating galleries.Click here to reserve your space on the shuttle, gallery hours
at Vox Populi: Termite TV Collective, Fungus Garden, at Vox Populi. 3pm
at AUX: Space 1026, Power Point Society Hosted by Mike Gerkovich, 7-9pm
Saturday, November 16th
Comix Jam, Fort Thunder Attaks… Again! at Space 1026, presented by Vox Populi
Tuesday, November 19th, 7-11pm
Andrea Hornick will present the epic narrative of her piece, Resilience, at AUX
Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm
Participate in a Shamanic Drum Journey, with live drumming by the artist to encounter your power animal.
Magic Pictures presents HIDEOUS FOREST, at AUX
Thursday, November 21st, 9pm
Termite TV Collective, Surveillance/Censorship premiere at Aux
Saturday, November 23rd, 8pm