Exhibitions

The Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery at Allens Lane Art Center shows work by local artists and community partners.

Kahuña Fragments
February 16 – March 15 

Opening Reception: Friday, February 16, 5pm – 7pm

With great craftsmanship and astute design, Carlos Gil explores the intersection of painting, photography, and sculpture. All his work is rooted in photographic representations of nature, a tradition that harkens back to the very beginnings of photography with Talbot’s and Atkins’ photograms of botanical specimens.  But the world that Gil constructs is far more layered, both technically and conceptually. Gil utilizes several techniques to modify his original photographs, including collage, assemblage, and digital media to synthesize an idea that explores the process as much as the subject matter. “Photography is not simply a representation of reality; photography is a technique that offers many possibilities for experimentation.”

As much as process explorations and experimentations are the concerns in this body of work, the subject matter remains of high importance to the artist. “We have forgotten the essential, nature, the forest, its breath, its noises, its spaces, their details.” – writes Carlos in his artist statement. His deep compassion and empathy for the natural environment emanate from his work and allow us to relate to the subject in a new and nuanced way. “I simultaneously capture the beauty of the natural environment, the contours threatened by climate change, and the rampant man-made destruction. Working this way, I can transform my images into new spaces in order to submerge the viewer into a world of visual sensations, different and unknown to them.”

EBAN YOUTH

January 12 – February 12
Opening Reception and Poetry Reading: January 12, 7 – 9 pm

In partnership with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, we are honored to present, Eban Youth, the Rebeccah Milena Maia Blum Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition, curated by the 2023 RMMB Fellow, Sabriaya Shipley. Please join us for the opening reception and poetry reading on January 12th, 2024, 7-9 pm.

The exhibition will display a collection of photographs, poetry, poetry in performance, poetic ethnography, and digital media captured with and through a continuing intergenerational conversation between curator Sabriaya Shipley, a Black queer nonbinary poet, educator, and community ethnographer, a host of their students, their communities, and fellow teaching artists who dare to join in highlighting the perspective of today’s BIPOC youth through ethnography that invites communities to be apart of the questioning, the analysis, and the results—the entire curating process.

In their curatorial statement, Sabriaya writes – “The West African Adinkra symbol, Eban, symbolizes love, safety, and security. The intention of community art-based work with our young Black, brown, and indigenous students within the community is not simply to generate radical art or cultivate brave art spaces but to look into how we can document and, more so, archive artistic works within BIPOC communities for generations to come. Also, to support a continued connection between diasporic culture and creative expression. Our Black, brown, and indigenous students deserve teaching artists, performers, and storytellers to guide them into becoming artists.

Featuring five years of my community youth work and documentation, Eban Youth calls the viewer to strip the invalidating language, stereotypes, tokenism, and fetishization of the image of marginalized youth through various mediums of capturing the Black, brown, and Indigenous youth experience. Eban Youth calls for re-articulating the Black, brown, and Indigenous childhood, considering the generational traumas and strengths being passed down and the outlining of intersectionality that exists within shared experiences.”

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sabriaya is a Philadelphia-based queer, Black, and nonbinary poet, educator, and community ethnographer. Named a 2019 A+ Educator by Philadelphia Family Magazine and a 2021 Black Lives Matter Philly Educator /Fellow, Sabriaya holds a BA in Theatre from Temple University and a MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing from Prescott College. Sabriaya has collaborated utilizing ethnographic tools as an educator, artist, and artistic advisor with community-based organizations such as Power Street Theatre, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Colored Girls Museum, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, New Voice for Reproductive Justice, Residency 11:11 in London, Girls Rock Philly, and Tree House Books. A recipient of the 2021-2022 Philadelphia Foundation and Forman Art’s Initiative Art Works grant and the Rosine 2.0 Past Visions/ Future Archives Micro-Grant, Sabriaya is determined to cultivate performance art and archival spaces centered around the expressive freedom of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. Both her art and teachings focus on the decolonization of space and the increased inclusion of diasporic artistic practices.

History

In 2007, the gallery at Allens Lane Art Center was named after the late Carolyn Fiedler-Alber by her loving husband, Howard Alber. Mrs. Alber was a graduate of the Tyler School of Art and had taught in both the Philadelphia and New Jersey public school systems. She was chair of Volunteers at the Quadrangle and a member of Friends of Artists Equity. She also devoted much of her time helping people with disabilities and was involved in several AIDS organizations.

In 2012, Howard Alber passed away at the age of 101. Understanding just how important Howard was to the center, the name of the gallery was changed to honor them both. Howard was an accomplished artist and when he passed, the center put on a memorial retrospective of his works.

Both Carolyn and Howard both had an affinity for Allens Lane Art Center and were very supportive of the Center’s mission of making the arts as accessible as possible to the community. Their passion for art and life spoke volumes about the type of people they were.

Call for Artists and Curators

ALAC is looking for exhibition proposals for satellite gallery at Settlement Music School in Germantown.

Would you like to exhibit with us, or do you have an exhibition idea? Please email us at info@allenslane.org with details and some images of key works, or link to your website.

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