Philagrafika 2010 comes to Penn

After more than five years of planning, Philagrafika 2010 — an international festival celebrating the role print in contemporary art — is now in full swing throughout the city. According to organizers, it’s one of the largest art events in the United States, with work by more than 300 artists on view at more than 80 venues across the city.

The celebration runs through April 11, 2010. Here’s a breakdown of where you can find Philagrafika-related exhibitions around campus over the next few months:

Penn Museum, What in the World (through April 11): As a participant in Philagrafika’s multi-institutional Out of Print, the Penn Museum is hosting an installation by Pablo Helguera. The multi-disciplinary artist has recreated the television set from What in the World— a 1950s program produced by former Museum Director Froelich Rainey in which a panel of Museum scholars and celebrities examined artifacts from the institution’s collections. Helguera has also developed a season’s worth of episodes, based loosely on the show’s original structure and using objects from the Museum’s collection. He’s even incorporated social media tools such as YouTube and iPhone applications.

Arthur Ross Gallery, Silence Dogood: Miler Lagos (through March 21): Colombian artist Miler Lagos has created an on-site installation, sculpting “a forest of trees” from nearly nearly four tons of recycled newspapers.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Maria Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) (through June 6): The first major museum survey of works by the illustrator, author and designer. The exhibition features a selection of the artist’s photography, embroidery, textiles and works on paper.

PennDesign Alumni Exhibition (through Feb. 26; Opening reception this Thursday from 6-9 p.m.): Over at the Bahdeebahdu Gallery (1522 North American Street), PennDesign’s Alumni Association are presenting the work of 30 alums in printed media. In conjunction with the exhibition, a printed media facade will be on view throughout the year at Meyerson Hall.

International House, Graphically Illuminated (April 2, 7 p.m.): International House will present an evening of film and videos that explore the ways printmaking and the printed image can intersect with film and the moving image. The night of screenings will include Heaven and Earth Magic (1962), Science Friction (1959) and Tanka (1976).

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