Escenas Fantasticas: José Garcia Montebavo

  • October 9th 2014 –January 31st 2015
  • Second Thursday Reception: October 2014, 6-9pm
  • Indigo Arts
  • Wednesday - Saturday: 12 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Free & Open To The Public

Presented By Indigo Arts:

José Garcia Montebravo was one of Cuba’s leading naif artists, with a worldwide following.. While he was self-taught as an artist, he was hardly naive in the English sense of the word. He was a witty and sophisticated man, with a sure, fluid line in pen or brush. In his relatively short career the Cienfuegos geography teacher turned artist created a rich self-contained world of myth and fantasy.

Montebravo was a university graduate, who was for many years a professor of geography at the Villa Clara Superior Pedagogical Institute. Though he had painted since he was a child, Montebravo began to paint seriously in 1980 and had his first solo exhibition in 1984. He lived throughout his career in the Cuban city of Cienfuegos, where he became a leading member of the art community. He was an enthusiastic mentor to many younger artists. He exhibited individually and collectively, in Europe and the United States as well as in Cuba. Monte has been featured in many exhibits at Indigo Arts Gallery since 1999. In 2002 we were able to host his visit to our Philadelphia gallery. Art historian Gerald Mouial devoted a chapter to Montebravo in his 2004 book, Magic Art in Cuba.

Montebravo’s work on paper and canvas was informed by his vast curiosity. He had a keen knowledge of natural history and art history as well as the Afro-Cuban religions such as Santeria. As Mouial tells us, Montebravo especially identified with “El Monte” (“the Mount”), described as, “a sacred place where dead people, spirits, animals and plants live.” “I carry that world inside me, the world of animals, plants and messengers of each person.”

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PPAC presents Philly Photo Day 2014

  • NOVEMBER 13 - DECEMBER 28, 2014
  • PPAC
  • Tues–Thurs 9:30am - 8pm / Fri–Sat 9:30am - 6pm / Sun 10am - 2pm
  • Free And Open To The Public

On October 10, 2014, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) held our annual Philly Photo Day, a day of educational outreach and engagement when PPAC invites everyone in the city to take a photograph using a phone or camera.  The only restriction is that it is taken in Philadelphia on that day. PPAC then prints and hangs every single image – thousands – for a vast exhibition presenting an uncensored reflection of Philadelphia from countless of diverse lenses.

We received over 1900 submissions this year and are excited to share everyone’s photographs! The gallery exhibition will take place at the Crane Arts building, in and around PPAC on November 13th, 6-8PM. We look forward to the 40 billboards placed around the city in the Spring, and the Dilworth Park exhibition, which will take place April-May of 2015.

Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing everyone at the exhibitions! If you have any questions, please contact us at

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Philly Photo Day 2014 photograph by Mike Dillon
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Spore Spirits: a silkscreen installation

  • November 14th 2014 –January 3rd, 2015
  • Reception: Second Thursday, November 13th 6-9pm
  • The Archive Space
  • Wednesday - Saturday 12-6pm
  • Free & Open To The Public

Gregory Labold‘s upcoming installation will amaze and encompass the viewer with a colorful and sensory experience. Silkscreens of various size spores will swallow the viewer and make you think of your own mark.

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Chad States: I Feel Love

  • December 13th-14th + 20th-21st (12 pm to 4 pm)
  • Reception: Thursday, December 11th, 6pm-9pm
  • Gallery 106
  • Free & Open To The Public

I Feel Love pays homage to the planetarium at The Saint, a popular gay club in the East village that opened in 1980. The club was closed in 1988 after the club’s demographic was devastated by the AIDS epidemic and the NYC Department of Health targeted the club as one of the epicenters of the disease. Says States, “I Feel Love serves as a memorial to a generation of innocent men who died so that others, like myself, would have a chance to live”.

Chad States has an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BA from Evergreen State College in Washington. He has released several photobooks, including Cruising and The Sunbathers.
This show is not appropriate for children.

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