Highlight of the year: The Sept. 10 opening event for West Philadelphia: Building a Community — an exhibit that used watercolors, maps, photographs, oral histories, and postcards to explore the past, present, and future of West Philadelphia. Though hosted by the Arthur Ross Gallery, the exhibition was a collaborative effort, co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the University’s Archives and Records Center. Approximately 180 ARG members, Historical Society members, Penn students and faculty, community leaders and West Philadelphians turned out to celebrate the opening, Arthur Ross Director Lynn Marsden-Atlass said. “We were building a community in every sense of the word,” she added. “It was a very significant moment for us as a gallery.”
What’s coming in 2010: In conjunction with Philagrafika 2010 — a new citywide print-making exposition — artist Miler Lagos will create an installation on-site at the Gallery. According to Marsden-Atlass, the artist will sculpt “a forest of trees” from nearly four tons of recycled newspapers. The installation will be on view from Jan. 27 – March 21.