The World of Material Culture is a constantly expanding universe of art, culture, exhibitions and commerce. We invite you to view a new video documentary of a recent weekend at Material Culture (March 28-30, 2014), which included an exhibition and auction of the Jonathan Demme Collection of Self-Taught Art, as well as a grand party attended by more than 1000 friends and art lovers.
Material Culture is a Philadelphia-based retail store, auction house, café and full-service event space. For over two decades, Material Culture’s 60,000 square feet of retail space has offered an endlessly changing array of art, furnishing and home décor from around the world. These unique, hand-crafted antiques and artifacts are priced very affordably, with a belief that genuine art should be available to all. As the owner and founder, George Jevremovic, says in the video, Material Culture specializes “in art in the most universal sense and the fact that there’s a lot of affordable art out there,” not limiting art “to what you put on the walls, but what you use in your life in all aspects.”
As an auction house, Material Culture also maintains a borderless approach to art and connoisseurs of art, holding auctions that include folk art, fine art, antiques, collectibles, decorative art and self-taught or “outsider” art from across the globe, sometimes within the same auction. The many different kinds of auctions allow Material Culture to accept a full range of items from estates, private and public collections, museums, universities and more. In this video, film director Jonathan Demme talks about his experience exhibiting and auctioning his artcollection at Material Culture.
Baba Olga’s Cafe and Supper Club is the culinary side of Material Culture, and offers global home cooking made with the most locally-sourced, sustainably-harvested ingredients. Helmed by Chef Aliza Green, the James Beard award-winning author of thirteen cookbooks and celebrated culinary tour leader, Baba Olga’s is open every day for lunch. Catering by renowned Chef Green also enables Material Culture to be the most exotic and spectacular full-service venue for events, including weddings, fundraisers, private and corporate parties, accommodating up to 300+ guests.