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Art Adventures: Philly Gets a Pop-Up Art Gallery

By Alexander Mason Hankin | June 12, 2018 | Lifestyle

Across the globe, pop-up art exhibitions are sweeping the art world. Emerging in a temporary space and incorporating local artists, pop-culture themes, and commercial brands, these mini exhibits tend to create massive buzz and unforgettable experiences. From the Museum of Ice Cream to Refinery 29’s 29Rooms, pop-ups have fully invaded our hearts and our Instagram feeds and, finally, Philadelphia has finally joined the game. Photo Pop Philly has arrived in our great city and certainly does not disappoint.


With an overall theme of “patriotic not political,” this pop-up encourages viewers to immerse themselves in a joyful and freeing American experience. What more could you want from the birthplace of this country? The exhibition consists of five rooms where twelve different local artists have contributed their work.

Diverging from your typical museum experience, visitors are encouraged to look, touch, and fully interact with the various pieces, as well as have a playful and social-media-documented adventure. In the "freedom of speech" room, the curators seek to know what freedom sounds and feels like to each visitor. The Martha Rich wall incorporates voice bubbles taken from listening to individuals at The Constitution Center.


The theme of the second room, “stars and stripes," allows visitors to be dazzled by Christine Moore’s giant glittering star and the third room is solely centered around Philadelphia as a whole. Sean Aye, a local muralist, displays his popular "ode to Philly sports teams" mural proudly. Get ready to liberate your inner sports fanatic and proudly root for our Super Bowl Winning team while walking through this room.

The fourth room permeates empowerment and individualism in many forms including gay pride, personal photography, women's rights, money, and the all-American dream, gently reminding the viewer of the importance of power and unique identity.


Don’t miss the installation by Amber Lynn Thompson (also known as Amberella), who chose to address social justice with an artistic statement about female empowerment. The final room of the exhibit is a red ballooned vault by Michael Lambui. As you walk through this space, music blasts from the speakers around you, allowing you to release your inner party girl.

Now Until July 8th . Photo Pop Philly: 1313 Walnut Street

Tuesday 3PM-8PM, Wednesday-Friday 3PM-i1PM, Saturday and Sunday 12PM to 10PM. @photopopphilly


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