Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Pearlstein Gallery
Convergence, Jeremy Holmes
Pearlstein Gallery
Pearlstein Gallery
Pearlstein Gallery


URBN Center Annex, 3401 Filbert Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19104 
Tuesday - Sunday, 11am-6pm
CLOSED: Wednesday Nov. 25th – Mon Nov. 30th


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NOWTOPIA: Organized by Chrome City denizens, conceived at the orbital worshipping point Laser Life, and realized through collective means via Metropolarity, Nowtopia is the blueprint vision visor, the conduit, the space place where time exists interdimensionally, never moving — artists exists like super-heroes as vibratory manifestations, as stories.

Each artist will set up in a different space, performing in a flowing “mix”, trans-imposing visual and kinetic imagery in accompaniment to their sounds. Dancers and movement mages will be present throughout the space. The idea is to provide a temporary autonomous zone, through art and music, with a nod towards super-hero bases, sci-fi academies and temporally autonomous non-localities. Nowtopia is a place, an existence, a consciousness. Nowtopia is a constantly moving, intricate journey, a swim through nebula, the wet starstuff of human birth.

While Nowtopia doesn't have a corporeal place to call home, it exists nonetheless as tachyon, flitting through our collective conscious as a memory, a movement or as hope. On August 28, we are presenting Nowtopia as an orbital space-station, a vector and nexus point where star-mapping, healing, and flux converge to create warps to other realms.

Ras Mashramani 
Rasheedah Phillips 
Alex Smith 
Magus 18 

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.

Gallery News

Lauren Fensterstock

08/06/15 - The Art Blog: Forays and Follies - Lauren Fensterstock

07/24/15 - inLiquid: Taking Stock of Lauren Fensterstock

Bill Walton: Artist to Artist

11/16/14 - Galleries: Two sculptors are given their due

11/08/14 - a little to see, a lot to like

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

09/15/14 - Drexel Exhibits Works by Beloved Late Philadelphia Artist Bill Walton, Shared by Fellow Artists

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


Immortal Beauty: highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection will feature select artifacts from the museum-quality collection of more than 14,000 notable garments, accessories and textiles, one of the finest and oldest research collections in the nation.

The exhibition of more than 75 items will largely focus on international high style of the 20th century. Examples include garments by Charles James, Gabrielle Chanel, Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Mary Quant and Elsa Schiaparelli. Other notable pieces include couture by Philadelphia natives James Galanos and Ralph Rucci, and garments worn by women of style such as American socialite Babe Paley and Princess Grace of Monaco. For more information click here.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Jesse Krimes : Deus ex Machina  
Opening Reception Thursday, January 14, 2016

Deus ex Machina explores systems of connection and time using common architectural materials. The result is what artist Jesse Krimes refers to as “an interconnected nervous system.” Walking through the mazelike three-dimensional structure, the viewer is surrounded by subtle white paintings on the wall that represent the passage of time. Krimes explains how he documented time for this installation: 

 “I created the paintings over a period of months by repeatedly rolling industrial primer on 30-foot sections of layered plastic, canvas, and parachute cloth. Marking time through this repetitive transfer process builds up a topographical surface that simultaneously appears organic and digital, making visible the residual effects of my daily labor through abstraction.”

Using the exposed architectural elements of the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery Krimes further plays off the modernist white-cube sensibility that dominates contemporary gallery culture. Deus ex Machina will open January 12. There will be a gallery talk with Jesse Krimes at the opening reception Thursday January 14th from 5-7 pm.

Past Exhibitions

Lauren Fensterstock 
Forays and Follies 
July 17-August 28 
Opening Reception Friday July 17 5-7PM

Lauren Fensterstock’'s three-dimensional artworks are imbued with mystery and wonder. Black and austere, each piece is opulent, ornamental and meticulously crafted. Using the history and visual language of gardens, Forays and Follies illustrates the artist’'s continued commingling of disparate but happily paired influences ranging from Robert Smithson, to French and English garden design, to Donald Judd and ladies leisure crafts of the 18th century. Fensterstock creates and shapes artificial earth, the objects that result are subtly sublime.

Lauren Fensterstock'’s work is housed in collections across the world. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, The Contemporary Austin (formerly Arthouse- The Austin Museum of Art) and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, among others.

Learn more about Lauren here.

Department of Architecture 
25 year Celebration of the Michael Pearson Architecture Prize Gallery Show June 22 to July 9 
Opening Reception June 22, 2015 6:00 PM
Open Wednesday - Sunday, 12PM-5PM or by appointment

To make an appointment please call the Architecture Department representative Simon Tickell at 215-970-6753 with at least 24 hours advance notice of when you would like to attend the exhibition.

The Architecture department is organizing a show of award winning former student work as a celebration of the 25-year anniversary of the Michael Pearson Architecture Prize. This prize honors Michael Pearson, a 1988 architecture graduate, who passed away in 1989. The Pearson Prize is presented annually to the architecture student "who produces the best thesis project, and who, in the course of the thesis year, shows exceptional spirit in pursuing the work." The show will highlight samples of the student work that earned recognition as well as travel sketches, photographs and examples of professional achievements since graduation. The Pearson family will attend the celebration as well as students, friends and former colleagues of Michael Pearson.