Tag Archive | Pennsylvania

Mural at Dirty Franks Bar, Philadelphia

Frank Burns FLW Pope Francis
Frank Burns, Frank Lloyd Wright, and  Pope Francis Are Just a Few of the Franks You’ll See Outside Dirty Franks Bar! (All Photos By Gail)

Dirty Franks a local dive bar in Philadelphia that dates back to prohibition. Geoffrey and I countered it as a stop on our hours-long walk of the city’s Mural Mile tour, which takes you through many different neighborhoods in search of unique street art, public artworks and memorable landmarks. Dirty Franks stands out for the murals painted on its multiple façades, which depict the likenesses of famous Franks. The mural was designed by David McShane, painted originally in 2001, and restored with additions in 2015.

Sinatra St Francis Morgan
Frank Sinatra, St Francis and Actor Frank Morgan from The Wizard Of Oz

Most of the Franks are quite iconic, so they are easy to identify, but some (such as the Philadelphia Phillies player seen in the top photo) I did not know.

Frank in a Bun and Aretha
Frank in a Bun and Aretha Franklin (RIP)

Aretha Franklin had recently passed when we visited Philly so it was nice to see her represented. RIP, First Lady of Soul!

Franklin and Avalon
Ben Franklin and Frankie Avalon

Perdue and Oz
French Franc Coin, Frank Oz, Frank Perdue and an Unidentified Frank

You could make it into a fun game: Spot The Frank!

The Mural at Dirty Franks is Sponsored by the City of Philadelphia, Mural Arts Program. Dirty Frank’s is Located at 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Frankenstein Roosevelt Zappa
Frankenstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Frank Zappa

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Charles Demuth, My Egypt

My Egypt
Photo By Gail

In the 1920s, Charles Demuth (1883 – 1935) painted a remarkable series of “Poster Portraits” depicting friends and fellow artists. Rather than capturing a physical likeness, these works conveyed the subject’s character through arrangements of commonplace objects rendered in the crisp style of advertisements. While Demuth did not include a self-portrait in the series, My Egypt (1927), produced during the same period, suggests a parallel effort to distill his personal and artistic concerns in symbolic terms. This depiction of a newly built grain elevator in the artist’s native Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was the apex of his quest to develop a dynamic geometric style that would herald America’s industrial prowess. By titling the painting My Egypt, Demuth equates the grain elevator with the ancient pyramids, but he also invites a more poignant, intimate reading. When he made this work, Demuth was confined by debilitating illness to his home in Lancaster. Calling the image his Egypt links his hometown to the Biblical narrative of Egypt as a site of involuntary bondage.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Peter Blume, South of Scranton

South of Scranton
Photo By Gail

South of Scranton (1931) gathers various scenes that artist Peter Blume (1906 – 1992) encountered during an extended road trip in the spring of 1930. Setting out from his residence in Pawling, New York, Blume drove through the coalfields of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and then headed south toward the steel mills of Bethlehem. Blume then traveled further south to Charleston, South Carolina, where he witnessed several sailors performing acrobatic exercises aboard the deck of a German cruiser ship in the harbor. In an account of the painting’s origins, the artist stated, “As I tried to weld my impressions into the picture, they lost all their logical connections. I moved Scranton into Charleston, and Bethlehem into Scranton, as people do in a dream.” Blume’s crisp technique heightens the painting’s surreal appearance.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

 

CD Waterlilies By Bruce Munro

Discolily original

Artist Bruce Munro created the remarkable and eye-catching installation, Waterlilies — located on the Large Lake in Pennsylvania’s Longwood Gardens — from 65,000 recycled CDs secured atop floating foam discs. While this installation is best viewed by day, you can see from the photo below that it looks pretty cool at night as well.

See more pictures at This Link!

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Thanks to Geoffrey Dicker for the Tip!

Gail's FaceBook Status Update Makes Regional News Weather Report

It is no secret that citizens of NYC were running around in their underwear today because it was suddenly so “hot” outside. When I got back in the house at around 3:00 PM this afternoon, I posted the following status update on my FaceBook page:

“40 Degrees in NYC: it’s like fucking Florida out there, complete with the swamps!”

Hilariously, Weatherman Matt Ritter of Pennsylvania station WGAL (notice how close that is to “W-G-A-(I)-L”) whom I’ve been friends with for about ten years, managed to work my status update into this evening’s forecast when he makes reference to NYC’s “Heat Wave”! Please check out the “Watch The Latest Storm Team Forecast” video at This Link and start paying attention around the 55 second mark. Awesome! Thanks, Matt, for making my day!