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Constance McBride rounds up the latest arts and culture events for Chadds Ford Live, highlighting Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale:

At Pennsylvania Academy of Art (PAFA) in Philadelphia, an important new show opens on January 21st. Titled Taking Space: Contemporary Women Artists and the Politics of Scale it was organized by PAFA curators Jodi Throckmorton and Brittany Webb. PAFA’s website states, “[the show] examines the approaches of women artists for whom space is a critical feature of their work, whether they take the space on a wall, the real estate of a room through sculpture and installation, engage seriality as a spatial visual practice, cast a wide legacy in art history or claim the space of their body.” The curators have assembled a show which includes luminaries of feminist art and other genres alongside some of the most accomplished contemporary artists working today. The list includes Viola Frey, the Guerrilla Girls, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Ebony G. Patterson, Miriam Schapiro, Mira Schor, Becky Suss, Mickalene Thomas and many more. It’s a must see show that opens on Thursday, January 21st. Also at PAFA is the exhibition Only Tony: Portraits by Gilbert Lewis, a show of approximately 25 paintings by the beloved Philadelphia artist Gilbert Lewis.

About PAFA

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. PAFA’s esteemed alumni include Mary Cassatt, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Thomas Eakins, William Glackens, Barkley L. Hendricks, Violet Oakley, Louis Kahn, David Lynch, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.