Friday, March 6, 2015

James G. Mundie's Collection of Oddities

During the month of March, I will exhibit nearly thirty freaky original drawings, woodcuts, and photographs from my Prodigies and Cabinet of Curiosities series. This body of work is concurrently featured at Yale School of Art's exhibition Side Show, but you can experience it right here in Philadelphia (and more of it, too)!

This exhibition marks the inauguration of the PAFA Gallery within Artists' House. The newly designated space will feature exhibitions by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts alumni.

There will be the usual madhouse opening on First Friday, March 6th, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM, and a more civilized reception on Sunday, March 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Artists' House Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Follow-up about "Side Show" at Yale School of Art

In January, I traveled up to New Haven to attend the opening festivities for Side Show, in which I am pleased to have my work included alongside the likes of Diane Arbus, Weegee, John Waters, and Otto Dix - to name a few.  

Having driven up from Philadelphia earlier in the day and finding I had some time to kill after checking into my hotel, I decided to stroll around Yale's campus. The temperature was only in the teens, but the sky was clear and the late afternoon sunlight cast itself rather fetchingly on Yale's neo-Gothic buildings. Armed with my Hasselblad, I took some photographs around the Yale University Art Gallery and Branford College.

All photographs by James G. Mundie.  See more on Flickr.

After walking around for about an hour, I returned to the hotel to restore circulation to my fingers and change clothes for the reception.

The exhibition itself is located on Edgewood Avenue, which was about a ten minute walk from where I was staying. I arrived just in time to attend the kick-off event of the evening: a standing-room-only lecture by magician/actor/author/collector Ricky Jay.  Ricky chose to speak about his interest in Matthias Buchinger, the 17th-century sensation known as "The Greatest Living German" and a highly successful magician and artist, despite having been born without arms or legs.

After Ricky's lecture we made our way downstairs to the find the tent erected outside the gallery completely backed. There was an actual line of people waiting to get in, and it moved very slowly. The gallery was mobbed all night long, despite it being a bitterly cold Tuesday night in January. Gallery staff said it was best attended opening they've ever had.

Al Stencell's girl show model

"Dance of Death" banner

More images from the exhibition may be seen on Flickr.

In addition to the art on the walls, visitors were treated to stellar performances by The Great Fredini, Johnny Fox, and duo Mat Fraser (presently starring as Paul the Illustrated Seal Boy on American Horror Story) and Julie Atlas Muz. Mat presented a sample of his one-man show Seal Boy: Freak, in which he portrays Stanley Berent, who worked shows as Sealo the Seal Boy; and together Mat and Julie performed a charming musical duet performance on ukulele.

Mat Fraser as Sealo the Seal Boy

A fine time had by all. Afterwards, many of us retired to a local Thai restaurant for an excellent meal and good conversation.

The show continues through March 20th.