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Now Through September 5, 2016
This exhibition celebrates one of the nation’s leading collections of contemporary art. Assembled by Philadelphians Keith and Katherine Sachs, this collection features some of the most prominent European and American artists of the past fifty years. Many of the works have been generously donated or pledged as promised gifts to the Museum, marking a pivotal moment for the city as a premier destination for contemporary art.
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Now Through September 25, 2016
From contemporary photography, fashion, and architecture to centuries-old sculpture, Creative Africa presents the visionary work of artists throughout Africa. At the heart of the season is Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, a major exhibition drawn from the Penn Museum’s distinguished African collection.
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Now Through December 4, 2016
This exhibition, which draws from the Penn Museum’s esteemed African collections, showcases works created in West and Central Africa from the 1500s to the early 1900s. It includes carved ivories and bronzes from the kingdom of Benin, Akan gold weights, Kongo power figures, Kuba textiles and vessels, Kota reliquary figures, and much more.
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Now Through July 31, 2016
The Museum and the Association for Public Art are pleased to present Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR atop the Museum’s famous steps. The colorful, six-foot-high sculpture has been described by the artist as a one-sentence poem.
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Now Through September 25, 2016
This exhibition sheds light on Francis Kéré’s inventive approach to building. Born in Burkina Faso and based in Berlin, Kéré integrates traditional knowledge and craft skills into innovative and sustainable buildings worldwide. In many of his projects, he maximizes local materials and community participation to reduce costs and ecological impact. This exhibition offers a look at some of his award-winning designs within an colorful interactive environment.
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Now Through September 25, 2016
This exhibition offers an in-depth look at three photographers who create powerful pictures of African cities: Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Bamako, and Tombouctou. From Akinbode Akinbiyi’s observation of urban centers and Seydou Camara’s examination of Islamic manuscripts to Ananias Léki Dago’s pictures of offbeat locales, the images in this exhibition offer unique perspectives on contemporary African experience.
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Now Through October 30, 2016
Conceived by Conceptual art pioneer Joseph Kosuth, this installation includes a selection of his work along with a group of works by Marcel Duchamp from the Museum’s collection. The installation takes as its point of departure Duchamp’s notion of “elementary parallelism,” coined to refer to his pictorial treatment of time and movement in Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), from 1912.
Now Through November 1, 2016
Inside Out brings large-scale, high-quality replicas of favorite works from the Museum’s collection to neighborhoods throughout the region. Head outdoors and experience beautiful images by Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and others right in your community. Inside Out brings treasures from the collection to you. Picnic in the park alongside Monet’s waterlilies, visit Brancusi’s Kiss on a romantic stroll, or get transported to Paris while brunching with friends on Main Street.
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Now Through January 22, 2017
Explore how Vlisco became one of the most influential textile brands in African fashion and a design inspiration around the world. Known for its bold and colorful patterns, Vlisco creates fabrics that marry tradition with luxury. This exhibition highlights the company’s classic and new designs, follows the creation of a textile, and showcases a selection of contemporary fashions.
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Now Through January 2017
Threads of Tradition focuses on the time-honored techniques used to create patterns in Central and West African textiles. Among the examples on view are complex strip-woven kente cloths made by the Asante and Ewe of Ghana, an impressive resist-dyed display textile (or ndop) from Cameroon, and raffia skirts that the Kuba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo create using piecing, appliqué, and embroidery.

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