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"Configuration: Nicholas Kripal" Festival Closing Reception

  • Park Towne Place, The North Tower Gallery 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA, 19130 United States (map)
Nicholas Kripal

Nicholas Kripal

This event is organized and presented by InLiquid Art + Design and Park Towne Place.

Park Towne Place and InLiquid present "Configuration," an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Nicholas Kripal. Kripal’s collection of tightly conceptual sculptures contain layers of meaning expressed elegantly in seemingly simple and minimalist form. Throughout his career, Kripal was inspired by tools and objects from everyday life, such as hand tools and baking molds. His sculptures combined these forms into symmetrical clusters and stacks, altering color, and shifting scale. The objects are rich in association, and are transformed by the change. In creating artwork from common forms, Kripal celebrated humble handywork, elevating the ordinary into something to be revered. "Configuration" displays a collection of these artworks, which together tell a story of a time and place through objects.

Reception for Configuration                                                                                        @ North Tower Gallery, Park Towne Place                                                                  Saturday, October 14, 5:30 - 8pm

Gallery Talk, 6:30pm: Jeffrey Mongrain, distinguished professor & head of ceramics/MFA sculpture at Hunter College and long-time collaborator and friend of Nicholas Kripal, will speak in depth about Kripal’s artwork and practice.

The reception for Configuration will be preceded by an afternoon of festivities from 1-8pm with activities by The Clay Studio, InLiquid, Schuylkill Banks, and more on the Great Lawn at ParkTowne Place Museum District Residences. There will be claymation and painting workshops, a biergarten and food trucks, and riverboat tours of the Schuylkill. This is a Closing Reception for DesignPhiladelphia. RSVP at

Full List of Activities:

Guest DJ Kevin Kong, 1 - 5pm, Lawn: DJ Kong is a well versed multi-genre DJ with a strong connection to the dance floor. He’ll be cranking out tunes for the festivities on the lawn all afternoon.

Claymation Workshop, 1 - 3pm, Lawn: Guests will work with professionals from The Clay Studio to create and animate clay characters using the art of stop motion. After the event videos will be edited and posted to YouTube.

Pint Painting, 1 - 4pm, Lawn: In a second activity on the lawn, participants will customize pint glasses by painting their own designs. Materials will be provided and InLiquid Member Scott Schultheis will lead the workshop, providing instruction along the way.

Philadelphia Brewing Company and Food Trucks, 1 - 5pm, Lawn: InLiquid will partner with the local brewery and select food trucks for refreshments and food to be available for purchase.

Schuylkill River Boat Tours, 5:30 & 7pm, Walnut Street Dock: Take a one-hour fun and fact-filled guided tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Hidden River. Discover the sights, sounds, and history of the river, from the early 1700s at historic Bartram's Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to award-winning 21st century skyscrapers. The Banks offers a setting and experience unlike any other in Philadelphia.


"Configuration: Nicholas Kripal" Festival Closing Reception
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Afternoon Festivities: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Reception: 5:30pm - 8:00pm


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