Imagining Cathay: 18th- and Early 19th-Century Chinoiserie Textiles and Embroideries from the Collection
December 8, 2007 - December 2008
For Europeans during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, China—or Cathay as it was sometimes called—was a magical place. This exhibition includes nine Chinoiserie textiles and embroideries from the Museum's outstanding collection.
September 27, 2008 - December 28, 2008
The mysterious Thomas Chambers arrived in the United States from England in 1832, worked for three decades as a marine and landscape painter, and then disappeared after 1866, leaving behind a boldly expressive and puzzling body of work. This exhibition—the first major survey of Chambers’ work since his rediscovery in 1942—seeks to define his style, examine his sources, and investigate the popular audience for landscape and marine painting in the mid-nineteenth century.
July 19, 2008 - December 2008
The paintings in this exhibition illustrate the diverse practice of folk artists working in the northeastern United States during the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The selection demonstrates the array of individual styles inspired by different creative environments outside the "academic" art world, from the professional painter trained in a commercial workshop to the self-taught artist or amateur.
September 16, 2008 - December 14, 2008
This exhibition takes a fresh look at the quilting tradition in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, introducing new artists and new motifs in works ranging from the early twentieth century through 2005.
September 16, 2008 - December 14, 2008
This installation features compelling images of the women of Gee's Bend and their life in rural Alabama, taken by visual artist Linda Day Clark.
September 15, 2007 - December 11, 2008
Complementing works of art donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art over the years, generous patrons have also given thousands of books and manuscripts to the Library and Archives. The Library and Archives is showcasing these wonderful treasures in a series of exhibitions in its new home in the Perelman Building.
December 22, 2007 - December 7, 2008
In this exhibition, the Museum presents masterpieces from its outstanding collection of rarely seen Malla Period art. Vibrant Buddhist ritual paintings burst with energy, a marvelous goddess coyly dances, and golden Hindu and Buddhist sculptures regally invite adoration.
June 14, 2008 - December 7, 2008
This exhibition brings together over twenty-five drawings, prints, and watercolor paintings to explore “contemporary” art on the Indian subcontinent over the past century, a period that witnessed dramatic social and artistic transformations.
February 16, 2008 - November 23, 2008
Drawing from the John G. Johnson’s rich collections in Italian Renaissance painting, which included every region of Italy, this installation consists of 10 rare paintings from late fifteenth and early sixteenth-century Lombardy of which Milan was the capital.
November 24, 2007 - November 16, 2008
Showcasing a variety of objects that celebrate the Museum's steadily growing collection of Japanese art, this exhibition features paintings, a display of lacquer vessels, and a selection of contemporary works of art.
July 12, 2008 - November 2, 2008
This exhibition focuses on the jewelry of artist Alexander Calder (1898–1976), which functions as sculpture on a small scale while retaining the linear yet three-dimensional aspect of the monumental mobiles for which he is known.
May 2, 2008 - November 2, 2008
From the outset of their joint career, Gilbert and George explored and redefined picture making while bridging the gap between art and life.
November 3, 2007 - October 26, 2008
Precious Possessions celebrates the breadth of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s American craft collection, with its luxurious works of art in glass, metal, clay, fiber, and wood. The objects on view demonstrate the Museum’s early commitment to contemporary craft and encompass a wide range of highlights from the collection: old favorites that have not been displayed for some time and several works that are making their first appearance in the galleries.
September 15, 2007 - September 14, 2008
Designing Modern: 1920 to the Present opens Collab's new gallery in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building with a chronological look at the Museum's collection of modern and contemporary decorative art. On entering the gallery, object platforms joined together and punctuated by four vertical display cases illustrate major movements in design history: Art Deco and the Bauhaus; American and Scandinavian Modern Design; Italian Design; and Postmodernism.
June 27, 2008 - September 1, 2008
This is the first exhibition to travel outside of Asia showcasing the exquisite and historically groundbreaking work of Nandalal Bose, a major artist who has been called "the father of Indian modernism" and one of the "patriarchs of India’s cultural revival."
May 5, 2005 - August 31, 2008
The great age of domestic Irish silver began in the closing decades of the seventeenth century and lasted until the years shortly after the Act of Union of 1800, when Ireland merged with the Kingdom of Great Britain (today split into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland).
May 31, 2008 - August 24, 2008
This exhibition of more than eighty works selected from the Museum’s rich collection of popular prints invites the public to enter a forgotten world of fantastic and familiar imagery.
March 1, 2008 - August 17, 2008
More than 20 years after his death, Ansel Adams (1902–1984) remains one of the world’s most beloved and widely exhibited American photographers. Comprised of more than 40 photographs selected from the Museum’s extensive holdings of the artist’s work, this exhibition focuses on Adams’s less-familiar landscape images in order to demonstrate his innate understanding of graphic form and balanced design.
March 29, 2008 - July 27, 2008
These exceptional objects celebrate the inventiveness and ingenuity of anonymous potters active in England from the end of the seventeenth century to the early decades of the nineteenth century.
April 26, 2008 - July 20, 2008
The Japanese kimono is celebrated worldwide for its elegant, distinctive silhouette. Though quintessentially Japanese, the kimono form has influenced fashion designers around the globe. This exhibition features kimono created in the early to mid-twentieth century, one of the most dynamic periods in the history of Japan's national costume.
April 11, 2008 - July 13, 2008
Over the last decade, Carlos Amorales has developed a unique visual vocabulary that he has used and reused, both alone and in collaboration with other artists, in mediums ranging from drawing and animation to installation and performance.
April 5, 2008 - July 6, 2008
Organized to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of a dynamic Philadelphia arts institution—the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA)—this exhibition presents a varied and accomplished selection of works on paper by twenty-five artists.
July 29, 2006 - June 2008
Highlighting works from the 1960s and early 1970s, this installation captures a pivotal moment in the history of American art and features artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg.
December 22, 2007 - June 1, 2008
This exhibition draws together 25 paintings from the Museum's collections as well as sculpture, textiles, and ritual arts that depict the beloved young god Krishna who, for many Hindus, is the ultimate deity, as well as an avatar of Vishnu.
March 8, 2008 - June 1, 2008
In this landmark exhibition, the 19 known surviving examples of soft-paste porcelain made at Philadelphia’s American China Manufactory between 1770 and 1772 and commonly referred to by the names of the proprietors, Bonnin and Morris, are being brought together for the first time.
September 15, 2007 - May 26, 2008
Literally bringing to light infrequently seen sculpture from the Museum's collections, this inaugural exhibition features large-scale works of art by twentieth-century masters such as Pablo Picasso, Anselm Kiefer, Sol LeWitt, Mark diSuvero, and Richard Long.
February 20, 2008 - May 18, 2008
Organized in celebration of the centenary of the artist's birth, this exhibition of over 40 paintings focuses on Frida Kahlo's extraordinary self-portraits. Also on view are portraits and still-life paintings, in which Kahlo projects her passions, both personal and political, onto other people's likenesses or everyday objects.
February 16, 2008 - May 11, 2008
This is the first U.S. exhibition in a major museum to focus on the early work of Juan Soriano, a pivotal painter in the history of modern Mexican art. Soriano has been cited as a bridge between the Mexican School of realistic painting of the 1930s and 1940s and the internationalist avant-garde trends of mid-century.
November 3, 2007 - April 27, 2008
The inaugural installation in the Costume and Textiles Study Gallery features a selection of textiles, historic costume, and contemporary fashion acquired by the Museum during the past decade. Illustrating the encyclopedic nature of the costume and textiles collection, the objects on view include works of amazing beauty and rarity, examples of exquisite workmanship and design, items of historic significance—and sometimes the unexpected.
January 26, 2008 - April 27, 2008
This exhibition celebrates Lee Miller (1907–1977), one of the most original and ambitious photographic artists of the twentieth century. From model to photographer to war correspondent, her extraordinary career is chronicled in this first complete retrospective, exploring her transformation from artist's muse to ground-breaking artist.
December 12, 2007 - April 6, 2008
With work encompassing drawing, video, sculpture and theater, William Kentridge has become one of the strongest artistic voices to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa. This exhibition, part of the Museum's ongoing "Notations" series, showcases a group of tapestries from a series conceived by Kentridge and executed under his artistic direction between 2001 and 2007. Additional works on view include etchings, bronze sculptures, and drawings.
July 28, 2007 - March 23, 2008
Drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, this exhibition presents some 30 pieces of silver by such important eighteenth-century English silversmiths as David Willaume and Paul de Lamerie. It also includes examples of the major eighteenth-century styles, from the simple forms of the Queen Anne style in the early years of the century, to the exuberant shapes and decoration of the Rococo style at mid-century, to the refinement of the antique as represented by the Neoclassical style at century's end.
September 15, 2007 - March 9, 2008
The opening exhibition in the Joan Spain Gallery, A Passion for Perfection highlights works from the Museum's costume collection by three award-winning fashion designers from Philadelphia: James Galanos, Gustave Tassell, and Ralph Rucci.
September 15, 2007 - February 17, 2008
This inaugural exhibition in the Levy Gallery, in its new location in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, pays tribute to the Museum's integral and treasured holding of photographs by Alfred Stieglitz. The exhibition features a selection of approximately 40 masterpieces that demonstrate the range of both Stieglitz's work and the collection.
November 16, 2007 - February 17, 2008
This survey of video works by contemporary artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, Live Cinema/The Return of the Image: Video from Central Asia, explores recent developments in the artistic production of a region currently underrepresented in the international art world.
March 1, 2007 - February 7, 2008
This exhibition features a selection of works from the John G. Johnson Collection by Hieronymus Bosch and his followers, as well as the family and followers of Antwerp printmaker and painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
October 20, 2007 - January 20, 2008
Marking the first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to Antonio Mancini, one of the most prominent Italian painters of the late nineteenth century, this exhibition highlights a unique group of paintings and pastels that recently entered the Museum's collections as a gift from the estate of the American art collector and dealer Vance N. Jordan. Additional paintings complement and provide context for the Museum’s acquisitions.
October 4, 2007 - January 6, 2008
This exhibition is the first to explore the inventiveness and importance of landscapes during the first decades of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's (1841–1919) career. Approximately 60 paintings reveal the subtlety of touch; vaporous effects; and lush, full-blown color that mark the painter as one of the most audacious and original landscape artists of his age.