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Guide to Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition in Philadelphia’s...

Seek out this curated exhibit of 13 works in Old City, Society Hill and along the Delaware River

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This summer, a revolutionary art exhibit pops up in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

From Thursday, May 25 through Tuesday, July 4, Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition showcases free public artwork that interprets the spirit of revolution at 13 locations in the Historic District.

To present the exhibit, we teamed up with Conrad Benner, founder and editor of street art photo-blog streetsdept.com, who curated a selection of artists and artwork that gives locals and visitors 13 more reasons to explore the city’s most iconic neighborhoods this summer.

The selected street artists — one chosen for each of the stars featured on the original American flag — show new and existing works that showcase different interpretations of “revolution” and how that concept might challenge the social and political status quo.

The featured works, created by forward-thinking artists like Kid Hazo, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Shawn Theodore and more, will be found both indoors and outdoors throughout the district in places like Franklin Square, Spruce Street Harbor Park, FringeArts and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Read on to learn more about where you can view revolutionary art in Philadelphia this summer, and view a full map of all of the displays throughout the city by clicking the button below.

Map of Revolutionary sites in the Historic District

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Kid Hazo's Dear Street Art Lovers at Art in the Age

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Kid Hazo’s Dear Street Art Lover serves as the opening message for the pop-up exhibition, playing on VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO campaign and celebrating the city’s street art riches. See the poster at Art in the Age, an Old City boutique that also houses a tasting room for its own line of spirits.

Where: 116 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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Yasmine Mustafa & Monica O's Birth Lottery at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Find Birth Lottery on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. In the painting by Yasmine Mustafa & Monica O, a stork flies over houses that depict the random starting point of a person’s life.

Where: 701 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Nero's You Belong Here at Franklin Square

Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

Find more than a dozen public works of art in Philadelphia's Historic District as part of Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition. — A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Nero‘s You Belong Here depicts a stenciled banner with a welcoming message (You Belong Here) that promotes inclusivity and tolerance. The work can be found at historic Franklin Square, one of William Penn’s original five squares that’s now a fun family park featuring Philly-themed miniature golf, a restored marble fountain, an old-fashioned carousel and, through June 11, 2017, the amazing after-dark Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival.

Where: 200 N. 6th St Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Emily Smith Satis' Out to Sea at FringeArts

Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Out to Sea by Emily Smith Satis depicts the artist caught in the undertow of the ocean after the 2016 presidential election at FringeArts, a contemporary performing arts venue housed in a historic 1903 former pumping station beneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Where: 140 N Columbus Blvd (at Race St) Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Shawn Theodore's A Reminder at Elfreth’s Alley

The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street

— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

A portrait of a modern-day African-American woman in a period headwrap hangs in Bladen’s Court on Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street. This large-scale banner from Shawn Theodore illustrates the nation’s history of oppression.

Where: 126 Elfreth’s Alley Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Nick Cassway's Tripartite at the Arden Theatre Company

Great stories from great storytellers

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

A design work
 by Nick Cassway is now on view at the Arden Theatre Company, a longstanding theater company devoted to telling “the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all times.” Cassway’s wallpapered window installation features sequential drawings that examine the balance of power in the three branches of government.

Where: 40 N. 2nd St.Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Carlos Lopez Rosa's Abriendo Camino at the Betsy Ross House

The birthplace of the American flag

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Carlos Lopez Rosa‘s Abriendo Camino is a portrait of Nina Gualinga, a young indigenous leader from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon, painted on a machete. The painting, which explores the struggle for liberation and change, is located inside the Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag and home to the famous seamstress who created it.

Where: 239 Arch Street The American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Lisa Kelley's Epidemic at the Arch Street Meeting House

— Photo by J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Lisa Kelley‘s Epidemic is composed of fabric weavings knotted and woven together, then threaded onto and suspended from sticks to show the struggles and hopes of addiction. Find the display at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House, the largest Quaker meeting house in the world that was founded more than two centuries ago.

Where: 320 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Karina Puente's Papel Picado: Oil Spill Consciousness at La Colombe (Independence Mall)

Sip on European-style roasted coffee, house distilled rum and more from Philadelphia’s renowned coffee roasting company

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

A large-scale installation rooted in the traditional Mexican folk art called Papel Picado (cut paper), Karina Puente‘s Papel Picado: Oil Spill Consciousness is designed to uplift the stories of marginalized communities and shine light on obstacles that impact the environment. The installation can be found on the windows at renowned coffee roaster La Colombe‘s Independence Mall location.

Where: 100 S. Independence Mall W Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Zoe Cohen's Shkoyach at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

National Museum of American Jewish History exterior National Museum of American Jewish History exterior
— Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Zoe Cohen‘s Shkoyach, featuring a projection of watercolor portraits that show off diverse women engaged in acts of bravery, is on display at the National Museum of American Jewish History, a museum that focuses on bringing the 360-year history of Jews in America to life.

Where: 101 S. Independence Mall East Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Michelle Angela Ortiz's Se Siento El Miedo at Old City District Headquarters

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

In the window of the Old City District offices on busy Market Street, find Se Siento El Miedo. Michelle Angela Ortiz‘s painted portrait depicts a Philadelphia man who had a trying experience with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and now lives in fear in what was once a city of hope for him.

Where: 231 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Ishknits' I Will Answer Injustice with Justice at the Shambles at Headhouse Square

Philadelphia’s famous street bustles with restaurants, galleries and a whole lot more

Check out 13 revolutionary-themed works of art throughout Philadelphia's Historic District this summer. — A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

I Will Answer Injustice with Justice, Ishknits‘ knit and crochet installation, features quotes from Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen and seeks to address injustice. Check it out at the Shambles at Headhouse Square, a historic outdoor covered marketplace restored in the 1960s that continues to hold farmers’ markets every Sunday throughout the year.

Where: 200 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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A Brilliant Dummy's Fearless at Moshulu

Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

A Brilliant Dummy‘s Fearless, featuring a series of five photographs that express what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made, is on display at the Moshulu, a bar and restaurant that’s also the world’s oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel.

Where: 401 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Joe Boruchow's Transition 3 at Spruce Street Harbor Park

A hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River waterfront

Spruce Street Harbor Park Spruce Street Harbor Park
— Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC

Joe Buochow‘s Transition 3 features a papercut wheat paste installation that depicts people ignoring the alarm bells ringing all around them and being lulled back into the hypnotizing torrent of a daily routine
. Find it at Spruce Street Harbor Park, where visitors can also lounge in hammocks, grab food and drinks and enjoy summertime leisure.

Where: Spruce Street and S. Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Kid Hazo's Dear Street Art Lovers at Art in the Age
Yasmine Mustafa & Monica O's Birth Lottery at the African American Museum in Philadelphia
Nero's You Belong Here at Franklin Square
Emily Smith Satis' Out to Sea at FringeArts
Shawn Theodore's A Reminder at Elfreth’s Alley
Nick Cassway's Tripartite at the Arden Theatre Company
Carlos Lopez Rosa's Abriendo Camino at the Betsy Ross House
Lisa Kelley's Epidemic at the Arch Street Meeting House
Karina Puente's Papel Picado: Oil Spill Consciousness at La Colombe (Independence Mall)
Zoe Cohen's Shkoyach at the National Museum of American Jewish History
Michelle Angela Ortiz's Se Siento El Miedo at Old City District Headquarters
Ishknits' I Will Answer Injustice with Justice at the Shambles at Headhouse Square
A Brilliant Dummy's Fearless at Moshulu
Joe Boruchow's Transition 3 at Spruce Street Harbor Park
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