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Marion Horowitz: Eat Dirt / Be Free
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Original Opening: March 6, 2020 | Closed: September 26, 2020

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Marion Horowitz: Eat Dirt / Be Free

Original Opening: March 6, 2020
Closed For COVID-19: March 11, 2020
Re-Opened: September 12, 2020
Closed: September 26, 2020


Eat Dirt / Be Free is an interactive exhibition of puppetry and other sculpture. Through poetry, puppetry, play and eating dirt, Marion Horowitz and her collaborators explore the dialectical metaphors of memory / decomposition & ecology / fantasy.

The exhibition features a host of hand puppets, drawn from our shared imagination by a group of Philadelphia artists, and presented as objects for interaction and play. At their center hangs a puppet/sculpture of a giant ground sloth, reaching towards an osage-orange. The creature last lived in North America approximately 10,000 years ago, though the tree-fruit which co-evolved as its nourishment still grows across the continent today. At once strange and familiar, the puppets provide a meditation on worlds that no longer exist, never existed, or have yet to exist.

Finally, the exhibition also features an interactive, sensual dish of Southeastern Pennsylvania dirt.

Eat Dirt / Be Free features puppets by: Ambrose Sappho, Becky Hanno, Billy Ray Boyer, Daniel Wentworth, Eliza Leighton, Evan Greensweig, Jax Arnold, Jensen Huff, Julia Taylor, Kelly Gillin-Schwartz, Lane Speidel, Leigh Marques, Levi Bentley, Mag Parson, Mal Cherifi, Micah Lee, Natalie Hartog, Natalie Hutchings, Quinn Pellerito, Sarah Kim and Tyler Kline.


Marion Horowitz is an interdisciplinary performer, deviser and artist living in Philadelphia. Her work uses drag, clown, puppetry and sculpture to play with the intersections of queerness, ecology and fantasy. She is also proud to serve the West & Southwest Philly community as a teacher and gardener. All of her work hopes to direct JOY and FUN as forces for transformation. Marion recently appeared in This Could Be the Place (dir. Mal Cherifi), and co-hosts the experimental podcast The Joys of Nature with Lane & Marion with Lane Speidel. She has performed at Yiddish New York, Washington Project for the Arts, the Galleries at Moore, as well as untold punk houses, drag shows, churches and cemeteries.
More Info: marionhrwtz.wixsite.com/mysite