Urban Light


Urban Light: Photographs by Stanley Muravchick
Presented in cooperation with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
In the Open Lens Gallery: May 25 – August 27, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7 • 5:30-7:30 PM
Free • Registration required • RSVP HERE

The Gershman Y is delighted to welcome the newest installment in a partnership with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC). Stanley Muravchick’s collection of Philadelphia-centric photographs, entitled Urban Light, explores compelling visual dynamics found in our daily urban experiences. These colorful photos “capture the visual complexity of human activity naturally illuminated in the dense environment of a major urban setting,” writes Muravchick. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania specializing in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. Four years ago, the retired physician took his meticulous interest in detail to PPAC, where his fascination with color technique, digital printing, and file formats bloomed. 

“Light is reflected by stone, steel, and mirrored surfaces, refracted by glass, plastic, and sharp edges, and diffused and scattered by airborne moisture and particulates,” Muravchick explains in his artist statement. “Visual dissonance is everywhere. People go about their daily routine on city streets where deep shadow abuts harsh brilliance.” Muravchick’s Urban Light collection includes images of: new construction in portions of Old Philadelphia; startlingly simple portraits of strangers in recognizable locations; a Market-Frankford train station; and a composition that features Meg Saligman’s “Common Threads” mural at Broad and Spring Garden streets. “Colors may be bright or muted, contrast subtle or startling, patterns and textures may be regular or random. Translating the richness of these aspects of urban life into the two-dimensional plane of the printed photograph is my challenge and my passion.”  

In retirement, Muravchick has taken to strolling Philadelphia neighborhoods with a keen interest in making his photography have “more narrative, to be more interesting and more local.” He has embraced a Flâneur approach to his photography, encouraged by his muse and wife, Arlene Olson, who holds a PhD in American Art and Architecture. Olson has brought out his high school passion for photography, born in a dark room in Miami Beach, FL, which was put to the side to pursue a career in medicine.    

Urban Light is on display May 25 to August 27, 2017, and the exhibition will be honored with a free reception on Wednesday, June 7th. Please RSVP and join us at the Y!

Free and open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM. This exhibition is the latest in a series of exhibitions at the Gershman Y featuring members of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.


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