The PHONOTEL Grand Opening

Located in beautiful downtown Lancaster, Penn, the Phonotel offers a unique chance to recharge your life. Reservations now being accepted for the weekend of May 5-6. 

Check your smart phone into one of our 60 beautiful rooms especially furnished for your treasured internet device. Use the technology-free time you have to explore the city, reconnect with nature, your friends, your community. 

Available in our Phonotel lobby, housed at Modern Art, we offer the “Friendliest concierge in town” and a variety of survival mechanisms (wooden dummy phones, maps, compasses, sketchbooks, postcards, instant cameras) available for phone owners to help you experience all the real world has to offer.

Reserve your device's room today!  (
Rooms are available to reserve for as short as 1 hour to as long as the whole weekend. 


Atmosphere Creation Station

fbbanner2 Modern Art presents the ATMOSPHERE CREATION STATION: a collection of beautiful objects from the 20th century and beyond including ceramics, hand-crafted furniture, glass, jewelry & fine art popping up in Modern Art one weekend only. Piloted by artist Christopher Ness with navigation by fellow artist, David Jones

Join us for a little party to bask in the created atmosphere on Saturday, December 17 from 4pm - 6pm. or pop in at any or all of the times below: Friday, December 16: 4pm - 8pm Saturday, December 17: 10am-6pm Sunday, December 18: 11am-5pm And be sure to come to the casual reception on Saturday, from 4pm-6pm.

Telltale Dress coming to Modern Art

telltale-dress JOIN US for a Telltale Dress Holiday Pop-Up featuring vintage fashion (for women & men!), vintage & antique home furnishings, body tonics, curious gifts & paper goods.

Friday, Dec. 2nd, 5pm-9pm Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 10am-5pm Sunday, Dec. 4th, 11am-4pm

Find fabulous gifts & perhaps a little something for yourself.

NEW DATE!! LAVACAVE on Friday September 16.

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_lava cave Look at these crazy, multi-talented musicians! Not only can they rock a pedicab (its very challenging), they can also rock our little stage. Come on out this Friday, September 16 to see what other things they might be able to rock. (babies? a man bun? the casbah?)

Doors open at 7pm. If you get here early, you one whole extra hour to enjoy the evening's special quaff, shoot the shit with us, make a haiku, peruse our book collection and browse some of our items having to do with the state of Lancaster's weirdness. 

Music starts at 8. (Get here late and risk watching the show from the back of The Common Wheel's office.)

$5-$10 , pay whachu can at the door Friday, September 16 (NOTE THE NEW DATE!!!) door: 7pm/ show at 8pm All ages Modern Art: 529 W. Chestnut St. 17603

See you Friday!


OPEN STUDIO! It's for you.

babyOPEN CREATIVE STUDIO AT MODERN ART Tuesday, September 13th / 7 – 9pm / $10 suggested donation Painters, sculptors, poets, jugglers, anyone looking for a little time and space to create – this evening is for you. Bring your supplies and bring your booze.  Libby & Jo will be on hand to offer helpful tips and tricks on art-making for those looking for some input on their projects. Space is limited! Please RSVP to to let us know if you are coming.

A Tiny Modern Concert Tomorrow Night!

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_electives3Series 42 Presents a Tiny Modern Concertfeaturing The Electives $5-10 sliding scale, all are welcome All Ages, BYO

Electives is an eclectic instrumental band from Central Pennsylvania who emerged from the backing band of A Private Press. The trio weaves musical influences ranging from Krautrock to Latin jazz, shoegaze to proto-punk, into a rock-and-roll tapestry that is detailed but not fussy.

(big) TINY MODERN CONCERT: Roochie Toochie

MA_EVENT_ANNOUNC_ROOCH "We aim to mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and record them for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history." Friday July 29, $15, All Ages, BYO Doors at 7pm, showtime 8pm

For more info, contact us at 610-761-9799.

Tiny Modern Concert: DIMESTORE DOLLS


FRIDAY, JUNE 24 $5-10, All Ages, BYO Presented by Series 42

Music comes second nature to these ladies. Donna Volles has spent years laying the bass groove for Lavacave. Songwriter Liz Fulmer, a regular on the local music scene, makes her Lancaster debut on drums. Singer/guitarist Kelly Buchanan has toured nationally with her powerhouse vocals and critically acclaimed songs – songs that have been covered by the likes of Sara Bareilles, Fountains of Wayne, Nada Surf and others.

The Dolls are finding new horizons in this lineup! Old songs, penned by Buchanan and Fulmer, are being reinvented and new songs are being added to the group’s riot grrrl grit-pop arsenal as well.

For more info, check out our event page here.



ARTBIKE EXTRAVAGANZA & BLOCK PARTY Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at Modern Art (529 W. Chestnut St. Lancaster 17603)
3-7 pm : Block party on the 200 block of North Pine! Free!

6-9 pm After party, $20, all proceeds benefit The Common Wheel. (buy tix here.)

Check out the Cycle de Mayo event page here.

Our favorite community bike center and frequent collaborator, The Common Wheel has set up office in Modern Art and it's time to celebrate! (Well, it WILL BE time to celebrate in May.)

Come spend the afternoon on the lovely 200 block of N. Pine Street— and bring your bike. Libby and Jo will be on hand to help you turn that little two-wheeler of yours into something real special. Not ready to commit to vandalizing your own bike? That's okay! We will have some of our own clunkers on had that you can your own special artistic touch to.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL....there will be food, games, vendors, bounce house, dunk tank, DJ, face painting, and more. Entrance to the block party is free and open to everyone.

TIny Modern Concert: Cory McAbee's Small Star Seminar

McAbee_Album_Cover_red Cory McAbee's Small Star Seminar Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Doors at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm $10, tickets available at the door (first come, first served) Visit our facebook event here.

The Small Star Seminar is a genre-twisting performance like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Part concert, part self-help, part comedy, part avant-guard art, part movie, part musical theater: a singing motivational speaker urges people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and to start looking for the stars within their own minds. The performance features optimistic songs about quitting, accepting one’s own limitations, the power of sitting quietly.

Throughout the performance, writer, director and actor Cory McAbee will address the theory of “Deep Astronomy” and answer questions from the audience.

This project has been featured and developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival, NY Film Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, Reykjavik Film International Festival, 36th Stage Songs Review and Marfa Film Festival. All performances are being documented for use in an upcoming feature film, written and directed by Cory McAbee. Audience participation is welcome.

Cory McAbee is best known as writer, director, songwriter and composer for the award-winning feature films, The American Astronaut (nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, 2001) Stingray Sam (2009), Crazy and Thief (2012) and as singer/songwriter for the internationally acclaimed musical group The Billy Nayer Show.

For more info, you should definitely visit But if you like being surprised, just come on out. Trust us on this.


Creative Thinking Studio - Tuesday, March 22nd

OpenStudio_Anouncement COME ONE! COME ALL! Creative Thinking Studio Tuesday, March 22nd / 7-9pm $10 BYOB

Painters, sculptors, poets, jugglers, anyone looking for a little time and space to create - this evening is for you. Bring your supplies and bring your booze.  Libby & Jo will be on hand to offer helpful tips and tricks on art-making for those looking for some input on their projects.

Space is limited! Please RSVP to to let us know if you are coming.

Office Pete: A Modern Art Gift Shop

OfficePEte Alongside our Tiny Modern Concert this Sunday, December 13, we are turning our former sublet into Office Pete: A Modern Art Gift Shop. We'll have paintings, signs, t-Shirts, stickers, lovely Lovebirds, and anything else we can fit. (It was a sad day when our friend and solar-energy advocate Peter Olmsted -- Office Pete-- flew the Modern Art coop for a new job in Albany. We miss him, but someone's got to help save the earth, and he's really good at it.)

Haiku Slam Champ!

IMG_2509 Congratulations 2015 Haiku Slam Champ Hunter! You wowed us with your perfectly-syllabled bits of spontaneous poetics about our boob-like hanging lights. Taking a tip from your winning poem: We are not worthy.

Here we see our finalists (Tim, Dave and Hunter) challenged to Haiku-Off by the audience to determine the


And a big thanks to all our brave participants. Your abilities to slam, both with syllables and tequila shots, was inspiring.


HaikuSlamEMAIL Just when you thought you've seen it all...behold the brand new Haiku Generating Machine of Magic™! The HGMoM will make its debut this Saturday night at Modern Art's very first and very special Haiku Slam! with music by the Schenlie's. Come one, come all. Bring a Haiku or generate one from the machine. A trophy will be awarded to the slamin'ist haiku and a gorilla will serve drinks by donation or you can BYOB. Starts at 7:30pm / $5 at the door.