Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

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Special Event

Wednesday Feb 18 Join us for a writers open studio and a Slam Poetry Gallery Tour conceived and performed by Pearlstein Poets in Residence: The Philly Pigeon. Verbal Sculpture will include new works from Kai Davis, Kirwyn Sutherland, Jacob Winterstein and Lauren Yates inspired by our current exhibition, Chakaia Booker’s Are we there yet?.

This event is free and open to the public.

6:30 PM Writers Open Studio

7:00 PM Performance by PPIR: The Philly Pigeon

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About the Gallery

The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery is committed to exhibiting novel and experimental art in all contemporary mediums including digital, video, sculpture, photography, graphics, and fashion design. Recently relocated to a larger space in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's renovated URBN Annex the Pearlstein Gallery has over 3,500 square feet and invites the public to enjoy our exhibits free of charge.

Location & Hours

URBN Center Annex, 3401 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-6pm


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Gallery News

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10/17/14 ‐ Gallery honors late artist Bill Walton

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Splice dance program

09/23/14 ‐ Fringe Festival: Leah Stein's "Splice" Site-specific dance: transformative for all ages

09/22/14 ‐ Leah Stein Dance Company's "Splice"

09/18/14 ‐ Roller Coaster-Like Sculpture at Drexel Inspires Leah Stein Dance Company's Fringe Festival Performance

09/05/14 ‐ FringeArts: World Premiere of Splice Site-Specific Performance at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University

Jeremy Holmes

09/03/14 ‐ Convergence: Jeremy Holmes challenges elemental forces at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

08/12/14 ‐ Philadelphia Inquirer covers convergence installation at Drexel University

08/06/14 ‐ Jeremy Holmes: The lure of lumber

08/05/14 ‐ Art aplenty in August

07/21/14 ‐ Installation Artist Jeremy Holmes Makes Philadelphia Debut with his Largest Abstract Wood Sculpture Yet


Chakaia Booker: Are We There Yet?

Chakaia Booker: Are We There Yet?
January 13th 9 – March 8th
Opening Reception: January 15th from 5-7 PM with artist gallery talk at 5:30PM

The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will open its winter exhibition of interdisciplinary artist Chakaia Bookers work on January 13, 2015. Are We There Yet?, featuring Bookers complex assemblage sculptures of discarded tires, will run through March 8, with an opening reception and artists gallery talk on January 15 at 5:30pm in the Gallery (3401 Filbert Street).

Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and feminism. She addresses these issues through visual metaphor, utilizing both abstract and recognizable elements that draw from the contemporary landscape, including graffiti and those ubiquitous discarded tires by the side of the road. But her works are deeper and more mysterious than these obvious references. They are powerful images that command attention, at once fanciful and solemn. Her works stand as testimony to arts transformative impact, pushing us to ask significant questions about the world around us, said J. Susan Isaacs, curator of the show and Professor of Art History and Curator of the Department of Art Galleries at Towson University, where the exhibition originated.

An artist who fuses formal training with life experience, Booker received a BA in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976 and an MFA from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with Its So Hard to Be Green, her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her works are in numerous public collections including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, MO; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY; Newark Museum, NJ; Bronx Museum of Art, NYC; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL.


Upcoming Exhibit

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PAST Exhibit

West Main 111, Bill Walton from the collection of Larry Spaid
West Main 111, Bill Walton from the collection of Larry Spaid

BILL WALTON; artist to artist
October 9 – December 5

Philadelphia artist Bill Walton died in early 2010. As an artist, teacher and friend he left behind a dedicated group of fellow artists. This exhibit consists solely of his work that was given, traded, or, in some cases bequeathed, to those artists.