The City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love

The wonderful women at Wexler Gallery (Melissa on the left and Joy on the right).
The wonderful women at Wexler Gallery (Melissa Montiel on the left and Joy Deibert on the right).

With the current government shutdown and sequester, visiting parks or historical sites is a challenge in America.  Last week Friday, I was in Philadelphia for an art opening at Wexler Gallery.  Part of the visit was to include visiting national landmarks but unfortunately “closed” was the common theme.

According to the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, William Penn envisioned Philadelphia to be the “City of Brotherly Love.”  Mr. Penn’s democratic principles inspired the Untied States Constitution.  What would he think of today’s government shutdown and political tactics?  William Penn: “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”  If the shutdown results in securing healthcare for future generations, the inconvenience is worth it.

A visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art filled the void beautifully.  Doubled checked their website and in bold letters it read: The Museum is open during the federal government shutdown.  On view included Cy Twombly sculptures and his mesmerizing elegant line.  If the world could be summarized into one of his artworks, it would be a better place.

Highlights from the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Cy Twombly sculpture.
Cy Twombly sculpture.
Cy Twombly sculpture close-up.
Close-up of Cy Twombly’s sculpture.
Cy Twombly painting close-up.
Lost inside a Cy Twombly’s painting.
Sol LeWitt's On a Blue Ceiling, 1981, Chalk and latex paint on plaster.
Sol LeWitt’s On a Blue Ceiling, 1981, chalk and latex paint on plaster.

Highlights of the trip also included exhibiting with German artist Timothy Schreiber whose resume includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics’ Water Cube, London International Creative Competition Award, Red-Dot Design Award, and many other notable accomplishments.  His art practice demonstrates clean and elegant lines that create voluminous shapes that hug the boundaries between the real and imagined.  Wexler Gallery never disappoints with its thoughtful placement of pieces and vision.

Exhibition images:

A conversation between line and form...
A conversation between line and form…
Reflections between glass and line.
Reflections form within glass and line.
On display at Wexler Gallery.
On display at Wexler Gallery.

Overall, the trip was the frosting on the cake after exhibiting at the de Young museum in September.  William Penn: “We meet on the broad pathway of good faith and good will; no advantage shall be taken on either side, but all shall be openness and love.”  While there might not be much love currently between politicians of all backgrounds, Philadelphia’s personality was welcoming despite the closures.  The admiration is mutual and maybe art can be that bridge to compromise.

The links:

www.jennyebalisle.com

http://www.wexlergallery.com/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/timothy-schreiber-jenny-e-balisle/

http://www.timothy-schreiber.com

http://www.philamuseum.org

http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/797.html

http://www.phila.gov/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.ushistory.org/us/4c.asp

http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/events/city-of-brotherly-love/

http://www.ushistory.org/penn/bio.htm

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