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Exhibition Archive

  • 2018

    • Woman wielding hatchet in blue dress

      Where the Artists Are (in their studios)

      January 16, 2018

      This winter the Pearlstein will show the work of 3 artists. Sculpture by Lewis Colburn, drawings and paintings by Anda Dubinskis, & drawings by Mark Stockton.

      By examining several years of each artists’ work the show will explore the intellectual and technical characteristics that distinguish their daily working routines; what draws them into in their studios, excites them, and keeps them there. Studio work is how artists spend their days. This show looks at three artists and how their experiments, frustrations, discoveries and digressions eventually grow into cohesive bodies of work.

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  • 2017

    • The Expanded Caribbean:

      September 10, 2017

      The Expanded Caribbean: Contemporary Photography at the Crossroads features work by 16 artists with projects based in several different nations and communities neighboring the Caribbean Sea.  The exhibition brings together images that document, interrogate, challenge, and otherwise engage the meaning of place in an area with a rich history as a target of exploration and conquest, voluntary and forced migration, trade, travel, and tourism. Responding variously to cultural, historical, mythological, and personal aspects the region, artists initiate dialogues about how events of the past inform contemporary experience in a continually shifting and evolving environment.

       The exhibition is accompanied by a quality print and electronic catalog that includes images of all works as well as contextual scholarly essays by Dr. Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology at Drexel University, and Dr. Susanna W. Gold, Curator. This publication was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



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    • LOSSLESS

      August 03, 2017

      Curated by Maori Karmael Holmes 

      LOSSLESS is an exploration of the Black body as a site of compression, considering the ways that labor, illusion, loss, lineage, and personhood are imagined and reconstructed. This exhibition of new and existing video and performance features the work of BlackStar alumni Kevin Jerome Everson, ja'tovia gary, Roni Nicole Henderson, Kahlil Joseph, Terence Nance, and Sosena Solomon.

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    • ROCKERS

      April 11, 2017

      For the past 40 years Bob Gruen has captured the essence of Rock and Roll in his photos. From the Ramones to Led Zeppelin, Blondie to Bowie, Bob Dylan, Joan Jett and the Rolling Stones, Bob Gruen’s Rockers is an insider’s look behind the scenes at the lives of culture icons. But Gruen is no paparazzo; his candid photographs are wild and intimate family portraits of electric subculture. Rockers brings you on tour with stadium headliners, bears witness to the rise of Punk, and shines a light on the private lives of Gruen’s friends John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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    • 1985 Aerial view of Drexel Campus

      125 Years: Drexel & the City

      January 12, 2017

      “125 Years: Drexel & the City” will showcase themes of exploration, invention and conversation using artifacts, images and stories that celebrate the history of Drexel’s urban setting.  Anthony J. Drexel built his institute of art, science and industry at the heart of a vibrant district where rail yards, factories and warehouses operated in close proximity to the Powelton and Mantua neighborhoods. Then, Philadelphia was the “workshop of the world” and the Drexel Institute would be “central to the best of the working population of a great industrial city.” How have we changed? The exhibition will transform the Pearlstein Gallery into the “neighborhood,” a place where visitors will be able to engage and discuss Drexel’s changing relationship with its neighbors.  Faculty, staff, and students (undergraduate and graduate) from Westphal as well as the college of Arts and Science, and the Dornsife Center, are curating the exhibition, and will be involved in key programming with residents of Powelton and Mantua.

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  • 2016

    • Warp + Weft: Work by Caroline Lathan-Stiefel

      September 20, 2016

      We are pleased to present a solo exhibition of installation, sculpture and drawings by 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts Caroline Lathan-Stiefel. Her expansive and delicate pieces turn everyday materials into seemingly weightless, wonderful objects. Playful and meticulous, Lathan-Stiefel's installations are reminiscent of textile, incorporating sewn elements of plastic, wire, string, fabric, pipe cleaners and fishing weights. For this exhibition the artist expand her processes to include welding, aluminum casting and bent neon.

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    • Shaping Minds: Philadelphia's Clay Mentors

      June 28, 2016

      The Clay Studio and Drexel University’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery have joined forces to curate an exhibition celebrating the work of ceramic educators in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Teaching artists have been invited to display various works that exemplify the wide range of ceramic artwork within the region. Join us for an exceptional commemoration of our city’s inspiring artistic instructors.

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    • Philly Radness

      April 05, 2016

      Eric Schoenborn and Ed Selego join up with Nocturnal skate shop to transform the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery into a skateboarding oasis in Philly Radness.

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    • Jesse Krimes - Deus ex Machina

      January 12, 2016

      Join us for an exhibition of all new works by Philadelphia based artist Jesse Krimes. Deus ex Machina explores the hidden mechanics of power using ordinary objects and found materials transformed into precariously balanced systems.

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  • 2015

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      Immortal Beauty

      October 02, 2015

      Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection featured select artifacts from the museum-quality collection of more than 14,000 notable garments, accessories and textiles, one of the finest and oldest research collections in the nation.

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    • Lauren Fensterstock, Forays and Follies

      July 17, 2015

      Lauren Fensterstock'’s work is housed in collections across the world. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, The Contemporary Austin (formerly Arthouse- The Austin Museum of Art) and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, among others.

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    • 25 Year Celebration of the Michael Pearson Architecture Prize

      June 22, 2015

      The Architecture department organized a show of award winning former student work as a celebration of the 25-year anniversary of the Michael Pearson Architecture Prize. This prize honors Michael Pearson, a 1988 architecture graduate, who passed away in 1989.

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  • 2014

    • Bill Walton, artist to artist

      October 09, 2014

      Philadelphia artist Bill Walton died in early 2010. As an artist, teacher and friend he left behind a dedicated group of fellow artists. This exhibit consists solely of his work that was given, traded, or, in some cases bequeathed, to those artists.

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    • Convergence

      August 06, 2014

      Featuring the work of installation artist Jeremy Holmes from Ithaca, NY, this solo exhibition consist of a continuous, site-specific wood installation designed for the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.

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    • Raw to Refined: string, tape, sponges and vinyl

      January 14, 2014

      The exhibition, which is hosted by Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Pentimenti Gallery, features abstract wall pieces constructed of wood and vinyl, a mural of translucent packing tape, textured wall hangings created from sponges, an installation of laced red twine and other works from artists Margery Amdur, Mark Khaisman, Derrick Velasquez and Nami Yamamoto.

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  • 2013