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Attracting national and international artists to our campus, this is the University’s primary exhibition space.
The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is the main gallery of the University of the Arts, located six blocks south of City Hall, across from the Kimmel Center. The gallery is free and open to the public. Noted projects of the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery include "Yvonne Rainer: Radical Juxtapositions 1961 – 2002" and "Seductive Subversion: Women and Pop Art 1958 – 1968,"—both supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage—which have won AICA Awards and been reviewed in major publications such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, Art History and Burlington Magazine, among others.
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Photo: Matt Mullican (exhibited January 19–February 26, 2016); Courtesy of the artist, Mai 36 Galerie
Photo credit: Studio LHOOQ
In the Gallery
The Dangerous One
Mark Thomas Gibson
January 15 - March 8, 2019
Opening reception on Saturday January 26, from 6-8pm
The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is proud to present The Dangerous One, an exhibition of new drawings, paper collage and sculpture by Mark Thomas Gibson. This is Mark Thomas Gibson’s first solo exhibition in Philadelphia, where he has recently relocated his studio practice from New Haven, CT.
Dark humor is necessary at a time like this: it helps us to remember that all is not lost! In his drawings, Gibson shines a high-key light on the grim and gritty social realities of contemporary America with a biting humor. His work depicts sweeping narratives of a dystopic America, and implicates every viewer as a potential character in this narrative. He therefore reminds us that everything is at stake and that we are all in this together. Gibson’s work is bristling with the energy of immediacy, using a largely-unedited drawing method that allows for improvisation, humor, the comic and grotesque. In his hands, the comic is used for its powers of transformation.
Gibson feels that this moment in American history can be a cleansing, a re-orientation back to empathy and love, but that this process requires a kind of reckoning, a purge of negative spirits flowing around us in the everyday. The Dangerous One lays bare a cycle of American history that feeds directly into the contemporary: dark times in the creation of America, a nation’s failure to acknowledge its own fear-based hatred, and a contemporary moment where the nations of the world retreat into themselves and attempt to force out invaders in a continued refusal of acknowledgement. Gibson’s drawings remind us that we must collectively acknowledge the fears used to stoke the flames of our country’s history, and the pressing need to continue to grow energetically in order to move beyond our collective history. As he says: “We see around us the Rooster coming home to Roost; the dawn is near. So, smile.” In Gibson's work, the smile can be dark because it reflects an inevitable future: we have to get down to get up.
This exhibition is free and open to the public.