Today at the South Street HeadHouse Shambles, Visit Philly held a press conference to announce the launch of a 6-week art exhibition called Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition.
Revolutionary will be a free, six-week exhibition featuring 13 works of art that interpret the spirit of revolution at 13 different sites throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District.
The street art exhibit inspired by last months’ opening of the American Revolutionary Museum, seeks to tie together Philadelphia’s rich historical stories with its vibrant neighborhoods.
Meryl Levitz – CEO of Visit Philly, lead the brief press event, heralding the exhibitions draw; “It’s a great opportunity for our local artists to push the boundaries and make some statements about change. It gives locals and visitors alike another fun, free and interesting way to explore Philadelphia’s Historic District – the original city.”
Revolutionary is funded, in part, by three grants awarded to Visit Philly’s Historic District campaign. The artworks will appear indoors and outdoors at selected 13 innovatory sights and attractions from May 25th throughout Philadelphia’s annual Welcome America Festival cumulating July 4th.
Conrad Benner, the founder, and editor of street art photo-blog streetsdept.com curated the exhibit. Benner, a foremost authority on documenting Philadelphia’s street art culture selected thought-provoking local artists/activist like Michelle Angela Ortiz, Shawn Theodore, IshKnits, and Calo Rosa to lead the way. Benner will also moderate an artists’ panel at the National Constitution Center on June 7th, 2017 to further explore the exhibit’s theme.
The more you know:
On Thursday, May 25th there will be an insta-meet with Philadelphia’s influential photographers. You can follow along with them as they visit the 13 sites (like Spruce Street Harbor Park, Franklin Square, Elfreth’s Alley and more), documenting the works of art, using the hashtag #RevolutionaryArt.
Philly can also interact with the exhibit with an Instagram Contest running from May 25th – 29th. Take a photo of your favorite piece from the exhibition; include the official hastags #VisitPhilly #HistoricPhilly #RevolutionaryArt for your chance to win 1 of 5 copies of a piece by the artist, Yasmin.