AmeriCan Leisure


by Matt HursT

Lauren Klein

Katie Reynolds

Katie Tackman

and Jesse Todd

November 2nd, 2018 - January 26, 2019

Opening Reception: First Friday November 2nd, 6 – 10pm


This collection follows five Philadelphia-based photographers who've traveled near and far, from places such as the shore towns of Wildwood, NJ and Atlantic City, NJ to Williams, Arizona and Miami Beach, FL, searching for inspiration in the leisurely and recreational activities that define the American consciousness. Images of mid-century motels and diners, rodeos, carnivals, and classic cars, seen through the eyes of photographers Matt Hurst, Katie Reynolds, Katie Tackman, Jesse Todd, and Lauren Todd, populate American Leisure. Inspired by the work of John Baeder, Robert Frank, William Eggleston, and Robert Adams this series of 35mm and 120 film photographs offer a glimpse at how average Americans spend their time and providing a link between the past and present.

Additional events:
South Broad St. Photo Walk: November 17th
Artist Talk/ Movie Event: December 1st at 1pm

Artist Statements

Broad Street Boogie

Saturday November 17th!

Do you have a fascination with fonts? Are you into taking pictures of vintage signage and architectural features?

Join us on a stroll down Broad Street as we connect the dots between the American Leisure exhibit at Gravy Studio and the history business corridor in South Philly. Photographers Katie Reynolds, Katie Tackman, and Michael Bixler will lead a guided tour of vintage signage and historic buildings on Broad Street. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera, take tons of photos, share stories, and meet other local photographers and retro enthusiasts! The photo walk will begin in the Pep Bowl court yard and end at Boot and Saddle. A donation of $5 to $15 to Gravy Studio is suggested for this event.