yummy in Northern Liberties

I had some drinks in Northern Liberties the other day. It was my very first time at Bar Ferdinand. Loved it! The lighting and decor in there are really cozy, especially after a brisk walk, and the food was outstanding, especially the croquettes. We had sangria, of course, to complement the menu items we sampled. This is tapas, folks! We also agreed the price for three was very reasonable. But, I’m not here to tell you about the dinner, but our after-dinner outing to the Crane Arts Building, only a few blocks away, at 1400 N. American St.

We sauntered in to the opening reception of “yummy: a celebration of craving, compulsion and culture,” curated by Jennie Thwing. Housed in Nexus gallery, the exhibit features 38 national artists, displaying sculpture, video, prints, paintings, and much more I can’t remember. All feature food or food topics in some way, food labels, issues surrounding food, games surrounding food, pictures of food, etc. My favorites were prints of gum and freeze pops. Jennie encouraged me to sit down to an exhibit featuring a food fight (not physical, but argumentative), but I was too shy. Besides, the food was a sculpture, and I had just eaten. This exhibit will be around until February 1, with 7 special events remaining. Bring a can of food to place in the bin outside the door. And eat before you go, or this will make you hungry!

When we were finished, Jennie directed us to The Icebox, in the same building, where Brian Kennedy featured “Passages”, 3 handmade boats suspended from the ceiling. They were beautiful, and projected even more interesting shadows on the high ceilings, walls, and sand-covered (I think) floor! I wished I had my camera with me, because that exhibit is now over, today.

I know Northern Liberties is spotty, with warehouses next to boarded-up houses, next to new condo projects, but this converted warehouse gives a glimpse of the restoration going on in the neighborhood. I feel like there’s all this new stuff to discover. Check it out!

1 Comment so far

  1. jen (unregistered) on December 20th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    o bar ferdinand, SO tasty! the converted art spaces are indeed impressive and the neighborhood has potential. be careful, though – stay in groups, lock your car and make sure nothing is left visible inside it. some even go so far as to leave the glove box open and empty to show lack of contents.

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