Friday, September 7th, our friends at the Brandywine Workshop celebrate 40 years of printmaking with an 11-week exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
“Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop”
September 7, 2012 – November 25, 2012
Honickman and Berman Galleries, ground floor
Opening Reception is Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 7pm-9pm – Tickets are $35 – Click here for Opening Reception details

Cultural identity, political and social issues, portraiture, and landscape, as well as patterning and pure abstraction, are some of the many concerns explored by the artists in this exhibition. Among the more than fifty prints on view are works by John Biggers, Moe Brooker, Joyce de Guatemala, Sam Gilliam, Mei-ling Hom, Ibrahim Miranda, Kenneth Noland, Howardena Pindell, Betye and Alison Saar, Vuyile Voyiya, Kay WalkingStick, and Isaiah Zagar, reflecting the range of Brandywine Workshop participants and underscoring the extent of the workshop’s stylistic and conceptual reach. The spectrum of artistic voices and approaches to image-making represented in the exhibition reflects the increasingly pluralistic character of contemporary art.

In 2009, the workshop donated one hundred prints by eighty-nine artists to the Museum in memory of the Museum’s late director Anne d’Harnoncourt. Full Spectrum celebrates this generous gift as well as the workshop’s accomplishments over its distinguished forty-year history. The workshop’s donation is illustrated in its entirety in an accompanying catalogue, which features an essay by Philadelphia native and noted contemporary print scholar Ruth Fine, former Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

About the Brandywine Workshop

Since its founding in 1972, the Brandywine Workshop has become an internationally recognized center for printmaking and a vital part of the Philadelphia community. Dedicated to the creation of prints and to broadening their appreciation, the workshop actively engages diverse artists and communities. In addition to working closely with local artists and offering a wide array of educational programs, the workshop has sponsored more than three hundred residencies for artists from thirty-five states and fifteen foreign countries and has toured exhibitions to over thirty cities in Europe, the Middle and Near East, Africa, and Latin America.

(description from PMA website)

If the Boyd Theater wasn’t enough for you, our next staff-pick yields yet ANOTHER abandoned theater in Philadelphia:  the Royal Theater on South Street West.

Architect:  Frank E. Hahn, Neo-Georgian style
Interior designer:  William H. Lee, 1925 Art Deco

The Royal Theater, called “American’s Finest Colored Photoplay House”, upon its 1920 opening, was the first black-run theater in the city. The theater became a beacon for the African-American entertainment sector on South Street. Patrons regularly filled the theater’s 1,200 seats to see acts like Fats Waller and Bessie Smith. Patrons also loved the films at the Royal, which included films shot at local Colored Pictures Film Corporation. The first staff of the theater went on to become the nucleus of the Negro Motion Pictures Operators Union. The community was closely tied to the theater. Neighborhood residents were the Royal’s most loyal patrons and participated in talent shows and radio broadcasts. Business owners received increased foot traffic after Royal shows. But by the 1960s, the threat of the construction of an expressway in the neighborhood (that never materialized) and Civil rights legislation, which allowed blacks to move freely and patronized other entertainment venues, decimated the Royal’s neighborhood and attendance. The Royal closed its doors in 1970.

Here it is in 2008:

(description from Hidden City Philadelphia.)

see a neat set of interior photos from lblanchard’s flicker photostream!  also included are photos of a June 11, 2009 performance inside the dilapidated theater!

Studio Agoos Lovera proudly congratulates Alex Chan, RA, LEED AP on receiving the ACE Mentor Program of America’s 2012 Exemplary Mentor Award!

As one of eight recipients of the 2010 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the nation’s highest award for mentoring, the ACE Mentor Program of America received $25,000 for scholarships to its students.  The ACE Mentor Program, in turn, awarded five Exemplary Mentor awards nationally to its active mentors along with a $5000 scholarship in the mentor’s name.

Alex has participated as an active mentor and team leader in our local affiliate, ACE Mentoring of Eastern PA, for the past five years.  Most recently, he’s joined its Board of Directors and serves as the Mentor/ Alumni Networking Committee Chairman and Executive Committee member.  The Alex Chan Scholarship was awarded this month to Jason Jiang, a student at Northeast High School, who will be studying Architecture at Philadelphia University next semester.

If you are interested in participating as an ACE mentor or sponsor, please visit the website at

[photo from the Construction Industry Round Table Spring Conference in Washington D.C.  Pictured left to right:  Alex Chan of Studio Agoos Lovera, Jacob Thurlow of The Haskell Co, Bryan Burke of Millenium Resource Engineering, Kelly Cantley of Bozzuto Construction, and Jim Barnes of RISD, the Rhode Island School of Design]

And what discussion about abandoned buildings in Philadelphia doesn’t include the…


The Divine Lorraine Hotel, located on a prominent intersection of Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, was designed by architect Willis G. Hale and built between 1892 and 1894. The building was originally built as apartments and housed some of Philadelphia’s wealthier residents. In 1900 the building became the Lorraine Hotel, and would later become the first hotel inPhiladelphia to be racially integrated. The building was an architectural feat in that buildings in Philadelphia were generally low rise, no more than 3-4 stories. The improvement of building materials around the time of the industrial revolution made taller buildings possible. At 10 stories tall, the Lorraine was one of the first high-rise apartment buildings in the city. “The Divine Lorraine received a historical marker from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 1994 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 as a site significant in terms of both architectural and civil rights history.”  ~Wikipedia

The building was closed in 1999 and sold. In May 2006 it was sold again, to be converted to apartments. However, development of the building has stalled since that time, and it remains in a state of dilapidation.


Photos from

It’s not a building, strictly speaking, but the SS United States is an incredible relic.  It is amazing that it has ended up in Philadelphia and unexpectedly looms above Delaware Avenue, out of scale with it surroundings. It has extra meaning for me because I built a model of it when I was a kid (in Florida) and now I can see it from my desk.

There are some very good photos by Matthew Christopher Murray at

Known for his eclectic use of classical forms and eccentrically scaled buildings, Frank Furness’ unique architectural vocabulary is one of the greatest ever seen in Philadelphia.  As such, it is sad to see his 19th Street Baptist Church in Point Breeze vacant and in disrepair.  The Church is made of green serpentine stone with brownstone base course and trim.  One can imagine the original beauty of the masonry by looking at the well-maintained masonry at UPenn’s College Hall, in which a similar combination of stone is used.  We hope the 19th Street Church will receive the funds required to make repairs before the city loses this jewel.

[associated photos by Adam Jeckel]

built 1928 | seats 2,450 | architects Hoffman and Henon

[1928 exterior photo from the Irvin R. Glazer Theater Collection, Athenaeum of Philadelphia]

An art deco gem and last of the great movie palaces still standing in Philadelphia, the Boyd Theater was last known as the Sam Eric when it closed for business in 2002 as a first-run movie theater.  In the years since it has been threatened with demolition, given endangered status by local, state, and national historic preservation organizations, teased with redevelopment, and partially restored.  It’s most promising chance for redevelopment as part of a new boutique hotel may very well have died along with the developer that was spearheading the project.  As a closet art deco romanticist this is certainly my favorite abandoned building in the city (Divine Lorraine who?).  I only hope that someday it can be my favorite restored art deco active movie/live theater palace in the city.  For more information on the history of the Boyd Theater and how you may help ensure its protection and restoration, please take some time to peruse the following links…

[fantastic interior photo belongs to Matt Lambros - After the Final Curtain]


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