Philadelphia Inquirer: Arcadia Gallery Part of Cosmopolitan Philadelphia Art Scene
September 13, 2011
The Philadelphia Inquirer featured Arcadia's new exhibition, "Tables of Contents: Ray Johnson Objects" among the Galleries Fall Preview on Sept. 11. The show is one of several Philadelphia exhibits that depict an "increasingly cosmopolitan" art scene, as noted by gallery writer Edith Newhall. At the same time, Philadelphia's galleries are ambitiously building on the city's reputation as the place to catch the unexpected, off-the-beaten-path exhibition." she says.
Adapted for a project originally shown a New York's Esopus Space, Arcadia University Art Gallery's exhibition encourages visitors to visually explore the contents of 13 boxes given to collage artist Robert Warner by the late Ray Johnson (1927-1995), known as the founder of "mail art." Said contents include envelopes Johnson addressed but never mailed, an entire 1970 "mail art" exhibition, and found objects, all of which will be displayed, appropriately, on a variety of tables found on campus. The gallery also is showing a selection of Johnson's collages.