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Coming Up This Weekend at the Globe Dye Works

Catagenesis: Closing Reception

15 site specific installations

at Globe Dye Works

4500 Worth Street, Philadelphia

Sunday, October 21, 2012: 2:00 – 6:00 pm 

Exhibition opens at noon
Nivi Alroy, Christine Altman, Pam Bowman, Gandalf Gavan, Carolyn Healy and John Phillips, Joseph Leroux, Elizabeth Mackie, Ryan Mandell, David Meyer, Michael Morgan, David Page, Scott Pellnat, Reece Terris, Jacqueline Weaver  and Timothy McMurray, Damian Yanessa   
 Healy Phillips  Mackie Yanessa


  Special Events: 
  3:00 pm: Regina Lee Blaszczyk

  Lecture: “Rainbow Makers: The Quest for the Perfect Color”

Book signing and reception to follow

      Regina Lee Blaszczyk is Visiting Scholar in the Department of the History and Sociology of    Science at the University of Pennsylvania and an associate editor at the Journal of Design History. Her seven books include Imagining Consumers, Producing Fashion, American Consumer Society, 1865-2005, and her new book by MIT Press, The Color Revolution.


  4:00 pm:  Special performance of Camp X by David Page
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[nugget] Inqurer reviewer raves about Globe Dye Work’s Catagenesis

Edith Newhall stopped by the Globe Dye Works and gave a glowing review of the current sculpture exhibition being held there entitled “Catagenesis”.  But she notes “the building is so atmospheric it can sometimes trump the art.”  Totally agree.  If you haven’t checked it out, the exhibition runs Sundays through October 21st.  Read her review here.

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Phila. Sculptors “Catagenesis” Brings Renewal to the Globe Dye Works and Frankford!

Step inside and you feel it! The present takes you back to the past yet reminds us we must go forward. Frankford was home to many mills and manufactoring companies and one of the most noteworthy is the Globe Dye Works. Founded in 1865 as a dye factory for the area textile mills who produced cloth and yarn, the Greenwood family operated the Globe Dye Works until 2005. The Globe Development Group acquired this building in 2007 and has been hard at work reinventing this facility as a workplace and showplace for creative professionals in the city. Be sure to explore their website to learn much more –

The latest happening has been the opening of “Catagenesis”, sponsored by the Philadelphia Sculptors“Catagenesis” means that a concept is broken down so that it has a new beginning and progresses until it’s renewed. This idea was at the core of this project as the artists “repurposed, and ultimately transformed a former industrial structure into a place of growth and creativity” (from the Philadelphia Sculptors web site). Artists from Canada, Israel, the United States including the Globe’s resident artists will “repurpose” discarded Globe equipment and other left materials into an exhibition that will run from each weekend, Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 5 P.M., September 9 through October 21.

We attended the opening (which featured a Wine and Cheese party) and walked throughout the ground floor and first floor through exhibitions and demonstrations marveling at the attendance and the sculptures. These sculptures are something you must experience – lights, movement, motion and “live” sculpture. Be sure to schedule time to visit “Catagenesis at the Globe Dye Works” located at 4500 Worth St. (Kinsey and Worth Sts.)  To give you a taste of what you can experience, watch the short video below.

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Former Globe Dye Workers Sought for New Video

If hearing the name “Globe Dye Works” sends a shiver of recognition up your spine, Philadelphia Sculptors would love to hear from you. Philadelphia Sculptors will be producing a video portraying the history of Globe Dye Works and the role it played in the Frankford community. This will be shown in conjunction with ”Catagenesis”, a large exhibition of sculptural installations to be exhibited on Globe’s premises on Worth Street during September and October 2012. The focus of the video will be on the people whose lives were affected by the factory.

This will be an opportunity for former Globe workers, people who live(d) in the neighborhood and had a connection to Globe, or friends and relatives of Globe workers, to tell their stories and have their voices heard. Interviewers will visit the community and speak with all those interested in sharing their experiences, stories, mementos, and viewpoints on camera. No prior experience is necessary and all who are interested will be interviewed. Interviewing is set to begin immediately in order to complete the production before the show opens in September.

The video will be shown at Globe during the seven week run of the show and other venues will be sought after the show closes to make it available to a larger audience.

Anyone who is interested in being interviewed or otherwise involved in the project, or who has additional questions, should contact Leslie Kaufman at 215-413-9126 or by e-mail at For additional information about Philadelphia Sculptors and the upcoming exhibition, go to