Our first stop was the Philadelphia Art Alliance to see the Sunshine and Shadows exhibit I had read about. The pieces were created from film strips deaccessioned by the Fashion Institute of Technology. The artist cut the film strips apart, bleached or painted them and then stitched them back together into quilt patterns. There are only five pieces in the exhibit, but it was interesting, as was the exhibit of Lithuanian textiles on the upper floor. I was particularly intrigued by the computerized weaving. An unexpected bonus, though, was the small exhibit of vintage clothing that had been collected from internet sales based upon the stories the seller told in the description of the item. There was a baseball cap with a Nirvana logo purchased in Seattle the day after Kurt Cobain died and a huge t-shirt with Snoopy on it that was bought to give to Snoop Dog (now Snoop Lion as I have been informed by my daughter). If you go to see the exhibit, don't miss the dress with the bloodstain at the knee level. It was worn by the seller's aunt who "always had a notorious boyfriend."
Our lunch stop was here:
Luke's Lobster at 130 S. 17th St. in Philadelphia where we each enjoyed a lobster roll that was everybit as good as it looks. Just a grilled hot dog roll, a swipe of mayonnaise, lots of lobster claw meat and a little lemon butter. As Rachel Ray used to say "Yummo!"
After lunch, we made a quick trip to Rittenhouse Needlepoint just to have a look around. It's a great shop and I would definitely go back again if I'm in Center City. Then it was back on the train where we planned our next adventure.