If roaming about air conditioned art galleries (with wine and cheese, we hope!) sounds like a lot more fun than dealing with the Garden State Parkway, here are three local about-to-open art exhibits worth a peek.
The Return of Vader. Or at least his head. The Vader Project touches down in Philly on July 5th (hopefully you have off on Monday) with 100 versions of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet, all re-imagined by a different artist. Check out these cool Pop renditions by the likes of Ron English and Marc Ecko at Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers. If you want a little of the Sith Lord on your mantle go back on July 10th (with about $4,000 in your pocket) when the helmets get auctioned off. July 5th-9th. Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, 1808 Chestnut Street. freemansauction.com. 215-563-9275.
Butch it up. Butch Cordora, host of the recently canceled local gay-centric talk show In Bed with Butch is back with an exhibition (opening today) made up of large scale prints and canvases in which Butch pushes masculinity’s boundaries with depictions of straight and gay men in the nude together. Is there a naked Abbey Road send up? Of course there is. July 2nd- August 1st. Ven and Vaida, 18 S. 3rd Street. venandvaida.com. 215-592-4099
Grad Students are artists too. But if those are a little too offbeat for your taste, try the Clay Studio’s Seventh Annual Graduate Student Exhibition which opens today, featuring 28 ceramics grad students from all across the country. These aren’t your younger siblings’ Play-Doh creations. July 2nd- August 1st. The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd Street. theclaystudio.org. 215-925-3453.