February 5, 2020

Explore Philly’s Art History at New Exhibit

We all know Philadelphia is a city of firsts: the first zoo, the first botanical garden, the first hospital, the first bank—the list can go on! What is less known is the city’s role in the development of several major art movements, which is the topic of a new, multi-site art exhibition, which is partially on display right near your The Hamilton apartment.

Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-Garde opened to the public in January and will run through the end of April. The show explores the city’s contributions to art, literature and music in the mid-20th century. Much of the exhibit is headquartered at the University of the Arts, spread across three separate locations, but part of it is also on display much closer to home, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, just a half-mile from your The Hamilton apartment.

The exhibit plays on Philly’s reputation for its firsts, but puts them into an arts and culture context, particularly in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s: Our city hosted the first-ever pop art exhibitions, was home to some of the nation’s most groundbreaking architectural designs, saw some of the first rock concerts and was the model for the growth of art education after World War II. The show puts the work of these innovations on display, with major pieces by photographers, painters, architects, sculptors and more included in the show. It also allows visitors to walk back in time with rare objects from the time period, including posters, pamphlets and films. At PAFA, find artworks by six female artists classified as post-minimal whose works showcase the flourishing feminist notions of the time.

Throughout the duration of the show, catch special events including film screenings, lectures by art historians, walking tours of local architecture, poetry readings and much more. While the PAFA exhibit is a great way to get a dose of culture without traveling too far from your The Hamilton apartment, stop by UArts and check out the event lineup as well for a full and fascinating look at Philly’s art history.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

118 N. Broad St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102