Jennifer Baker’s Northern Liberties is the second exhibition in our Changing Philadelphia series, comprised of three solo exhibitions featuring artwork about Philadelphia neighborhoods.
As Baker shares, “Many of my paintings and monoprints are about the life, death and rebirth of a city neighborhood as I experienced it during three decades as an artist living and working in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Throughout the period I painted the fires and the wrecking balls, the dumpers and the downtrodden residents, and then the building and new streetscape that eventually emerged – a whole cycle of urban life in motion around me. The images constitute a visual diary of drawn out, convulsive change.”
The exhibit includes a small survey of Baker’s Northern Liberties paintings and monoprints, from the abandoned buildings and fires of the 80s and 90s to the current period of unrestrained development. The artist notes, “The changing landscape of the neighborhood is of great importance at this time, and Northern Liberties has always been a microcosm of the larger city, often in extreme.” A short text narrative will accompany each image to help tell the story.