The Place Between Two Rivers: The Philadelphia Idea

a Juried exhibition @ dvaa

Exhibition Runs: September 17th - December 17th, 2017


Public Opening reception:

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 6-8pm

About the exhibition:

The Place Between Two Rivers, The Philadelphia Idea is an exhibition asking artists to respond to the idea of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the home of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were written and signed, forming the basis for our nation and government. Philadelphia was recently named a World Heritage City due to its importance as the birthplace of many important ideas and institutions that have served as inspiration for other countries who aspire to similar ideas of freedom, tolerance, and governance. Artists will pay tribute to Philadelphia and to its historic designation as the first World Heritage City in the United States as well as juxtapose the idea of Philadelphia against a more global landscape.


David Acosta is a poet, writer, and curator. His writings have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. Among the most notable are Mayrea, The Evergreen Chronicles, The Americas Review, American Poetry Confronts the 1990s (Black Tie Press 1990), The Limits of Silence (Asterion Press 1991), Poesida (Ollantay Press, 1995), and Floating Borderlands: Twenty-Five Years of Latin American Poetry in The United States (University of Washington Press, 1998). He is also included as a contributor to Queer Brown Voices, the first anthology of Latino LGBT history in the United States and Puerto Rico published by University of Texas Press, in 2015. He has served on the literary panel of the PA Council on the Arts, the board of the Asian Arts Initiative, Taller Puertorriqueño, Spiral Q, Cosa Cosa Art at Large, and was co-founder of the Working Fund. He is currently on the advisory committee for the Will Cox Jr. Archives at the William Way Community Center one of the largest LGBT Archives in the United States. David has curated several shows including Rooted in Ancestors at Semilla Arts; Witness, 30 Artists Respond to 30 years of the AIDS Pandemic at the Asian Arts Initiative; M.A.D. Mutual Assured Destruction, at the Crane Arts Gallery; and Critical Paths Towards Liberation, a historical exhibition on the life of the Philadelphia activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya at the William Way Community Center.

Participating Artists:

Arthur B Ostroff, Bill Brookover, Donna Dvorak, Eric Schaeffer, Floyd Kelley, Janis Pinkston, Linda Dubin Garfield, Mark Krull, Ona Kalsten, Pedro Zagitt, Phoebe Murer, Uta Fellechner, and Willard Johnson.