By Krystal Richmond
As a design student living in Philly, I have learned to appreciate the art the city has to offer by experiencing as much of it as possible. As part of this promise to myself, I began working at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery located in Westphal’s backyard in the URBN Annex.
As part of my tasks as a gallery monitor, I receive hands-on experience in bringing exhibitions to life. I help with the installation of each exhibition, which entails anything from hanging photos, fixing lighting, working with technology, installing signage, creating flyers for events, and more. Since there is a different exhibition each term, I learn new things and get better each time around. I also get the chance to talk to the artists to hear, first hand, their thought process behind their art.
Recently, the gallery gained a lot of press and attention for the fall term exhibition, Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection. The nature of the show attracted a diverse crowd of people from outside Philly. Fashionistas of all ages jumped at the chance to get a sneak peak into Drexel’s closet.
The current exhibition attracts a very different crowd, and is one I’ve been excited for since the beginning of fall term. Philly Radness: An Interactive Skate Park features work by multimedia artist Eric Cade Schoeborn and pro skateboarder Ed Selego. Together, the Miami-based pair has transformed the gallery into an interactive pop-up skate park, fully equipped with sound and motion responsive graphics projected onto the gallery walls. In addition to the skate park, there are also photos and videos, curated by Chris Mulhern, on display. From April 5 to May 22, Philly Radness welcomes all the skateboarders who have been turned away from Love Park.
The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.