Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

Philip Tinari Speaking at PAA on Thursday, October 3

By Sarah Archer

philiptinari2Philip Tinari originally hails from the Philadelphia region (he’s an alum of St. Joseph’s Prep) but you’ll rarely find him in the Western hemisphere these days. He is currently the director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, where he oversees an exhibition program devoted to presenting the work of both established figures and rising talents in Chinese contemporary art. UCCA welcomes more than half a million visitors each year. Prior to joining UCCA, Tinari was editor-in-chief of LEAP, the international art magazine of contemporary China, which he founded and ran from 2009 to 2011. He has worked as China representative for Art Basel, as a contributing editor to Artforum, and as a lecturer in art criticism at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Tinari, who speaks fluent Mandarin, holds degrees from Duke and Harvard, and was a Fulbright fellow at Peking University.

I first had the chance to meet Phil in 2010 during the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference when he gave a talk at Arcadia University in conjunction with the Ai Weiwei exhibition Dropping the Urn, which was organized by Richard Torchia and Gregg Moore. Phil’s talk was, quite simply, one of the best art lectures I have ever seen. Distilling a complex cultural history that concerned porcelain manufacturing, tourism, revolution, censorship, and the destruction of cultural heritage, into a cogent, concise analysis of Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice and persona, Phil’s overview was at once scholarly and accessible. I walked out of the auditorium feeling as though I had been on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China with a phenomenal tour guide.

We were lucky enough to find Phil on the east coast during the run of The Way of Chopsticks and he will give a talk here on October 3 at 7pm about the contemporary art community in Beijing, of which Song Dong and Yin Xiuzhen are key participants. He was an advisor for this project from its earliest stages, and will contribute an essay to the exhibition catalog which is scheduled for publication in December.

Learn a bit more about his curatorial practice and views of China’s emerging artists by viewing “ON|OFF: The Double Consciousness of China’s Newest Generation of Artists,” a talk he gave on March 11, 2013 at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver. The talk was part of the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series, presented in partnership by the Canadian Art Foundation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Click here to reserve your seat!The Way of Chopsticks has been supported by Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Mindspring Foundation, and the Asian Cultural Council. For a complete list of The Way of Chopsticks events, click here.


To request photos, interviews and more information, please contact: Canary Promotion, 215-690-4065; Carolyn Huckabay, To download a copy of the press release, click here.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. (closed on Mondays). Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors and free for members. For more information, please call 215-545-4302.

Sarah Archer is Senior Curator at PAA.


CaveCast kicks off second season with a 50’s Dance Party with DJ SnKpaK

CaveCast returns from a brief summer hiatus for a fall schedule packed with good times and hometown favorites, beginning with a 50’s Dance Party with DJ SnKpaK on Wednesday, September 18th.

553212_10151456746928826_542954372_nHolly Sue Allen aka DJ SnKpaK will take us to the 1950’s with stories and the records she uses for her Bouffant Bangout and Fascination parties. Holly will cover Surf, Psych, Garage, and good old fashioned Rock n Roll while getting at the gems left of center. Always a forward thinking DJ and record digger, Holly is the perfect guest host to kick off our second season.

DJ SnKpaK started Bouffant Bangout five years ago at the Barbary.  She built the 50s and 60s dance party as a single DJ into a full on spectacle with dance contests, go-go dancers, a co-host, and guest DJs.  Snackpack also started a weekly Wednesday party at the Dolphin Tavern called Fascination where she blends all music that moves her, from post punk and new wave to hip hop and contemporary sounds.  Last but not least, Holly Sue joins the Rock Tits crew as an honorary Rock Tot to DJ Making Time events.

DEL_CROP2On Friday, October 4th, DJ, writer, producer, and music lover DEL returns for the second installment of his three-part series exploring dance music from the Foundations to the Formative Years to Where we are Now. In the first episode, DEL took us through his personal experience growing up with dance music in Philadelphia in the 70s, a journey from the Soul Survivors to Billy Kennedy and Walter Gibbons and to legendary clubs Second Story and Catacombs. We can’t wait for the next chapter!

CaveCast continues through the fall and into the winter with DJ Apt One discussing cultural re-appropriation within music on Wednesday November 20th, and Ed Blammo‘s discussion of cover versions on Wednesday, December 18th.

avatars-000023239237-vszxk0-t200x200DJ Apt One is and has been on the forefront of many important movements in dance music over the last ten years. He was a part of the multi-genre style of DJing that catapulted his adopted Philadelphia to the pinnacle of the DJ world in the early 2000s. His years of seasoning as a DJ have seen him play all styles imaginable all across the US and Europe.

446198_lEd Blammo, a Philly bred DJ, likes to keep things simple. Two turntables, a mixer, and quality music are all he needs to rock the party or set the vibe. He’s played in clubs across the country, shared stages with the likes of Kid Cudi and Foster The People, and holds down several hometown residencies including the annual Dre Day party on he and Dre’s shared birthday, February 18th.

Stoli Vodka has signed on to join Spodee as an official sponsor of CaveCast and they have provided  us with a list of cocktail recipes, so this means you can expect interesting and delicious beverages at every CaveCast event.

We hope to see you all season long. All podcasts are available to stream from our website, or you can download or subscribe using iTunes.

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Wednesday, September 18th, 8pm
CAVECAST 009: 50’s Dance Party
Special Guest – Holly Sue Allen aka DJ SnKpaK

Friday, October 4th, 8pm
CAVECAST 010: Foundations for the philaDELphia Groove – The Formative Years
Special Guest – DEL

Wednesday, November 20th, 8pm
CAVECAST 011: Sampling and Cultural Re-appropriation
Special Guest – DJ APT ONE

Wednesday, December18th, 8pm
CAVECAST 012: Cover Versions
Special Guest – Ed Blammo