Join us for the opening reception of Jane Irish: Antipodes—a floor-to-ceiling installation of paintings and ceramics at Lemon Hill Mansion that provide an all-encompassing journey through the interconnectedness of history, from colonialism on the Indian subcontinent to anti-Vietnam War activism in Philadelphia.
Playing off of the mansion’s layout, which features two oval rooms, one on each floor, Irish embraces the concept of hemispheric opposites, or antipodes, as a framework for dialectical imagery. In vibrant layers, Irish weaves together elements of war and peace, exploitation and colonialism, activism and repression, past and future into a critical examination of an American port city and everything that entails.
Jane Irish: Antipodes will be open April 13–June 3, Thursday – Sunday 10am-4pm.
Free and open to the public.
— Jane Irish received her MFA from Queens College, CUNY, and has exhibited in New York and Philadelphia since 1983. Irish has had a solo exhibition in the Morris Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has been included in exhibits at the Walker Art Center, MN; Institute of Contemporary Art, PA; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinatti; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She has been the recipient of several prestigious grants, including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a Painting Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and a Painting Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
— Philadelphia Contemporary is dedicated to bringing visual art, performance art, and spoken word to the city of Philadelphia. A nomadic contemporary art organization with ambitions to establish a free standing globally oriented and locally aware museum, Philadelphia Contemporary has pioneered a vibrant and sustainable model based on partnerships and collaborations.
The historic houses of Fairmount Park were built in the 18th and 19th century and, unfortunately, are not fully accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchair access is not available. Access to the property and museum space requires navigating stairs.
— Jane Irish: Antipodes is in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and is kindly supported by the Friends of Lemon Hill