Re-materialize is open!

September 30, 2020

RE-MATERIALIZE September 19 – December 20, 2020 Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to present Re-materialize featuring artists who have built their practices using materials sourced from discarded packaging, personal items, and architectural elements. Works by the Ghanaian-Nigerian artist El Anatsui reflect his career-long interest in the changeability of material culture and the unfixed nature of art. Brooklyn-based sculptor Shari Mendelson creates vessels that glow with the delicate iridescence of glass artifacts from the ancient world, despite the fact that they are made from discarded plastic bottles. Recent pieces by the California-based artist Alison Saar narrate the neglected history of Southern Black communities through experimental printmaking on vintage textile fragments and handkerchiefs. Jackie Milad, a Baltimore-based artist, incorporates elements from earlier works and found graphics into collaged canvases richly laden with symbols relating to her Egyptian and Honduran heritage.  

El Anatsui, Untitled (Blue Metallic Eclipse), 2016; Intaglio print with collage and chine-collé; Courtesy of October Gallery, London and Factum Arte, Madrid

RELATED EVENTS (Virtual) Use this link for all events: Conversation with Shari Mendelson Friday, October 9 at 12pm Conversation with Jackie Milad Friday, October 16 at 12pm Re-assemble: Sound performance by June Lopez Friday, October 23 at 12pm Rematerializing Care: A Conversation with Dr. Roksana Filipowska Friday, October 30 at 12pm     Arthur Ross Gallery University of Pennsylvania Housed in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building 220 South 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Web: Email: FREE TO STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC   GALLERY HOURS Tuesdays — Fridays 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Weekends: 12:00—5:00 PM Closed Mondays   VISIT US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND INSTAGRAM JOIN US BECOME A FRIEND TODAY To donate go to and select Arthur Ross Gallery