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November 18th, 1996
William Wegman And David Wiesner Will Host Museum

The young and young at heart are invited to attend a special Book Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, November 24, 1996. The Book Day will feature booksignings by noted photographer William Wegman (perhaps best known for a series of children's books illustrated with amusing vignettes "starring" his posed, stoic-looking dogs), and locally-based, nationally-acclaimed children's author/illustrator David Wiesner (renowned for such family classics as Tuesday, Hurricane and Night of the Gargoyles).

Book Day at the Museum will also include family tours, a children's hands-on workshop, and two performances of Multicultural Story Salad, prepared by the "chefs" of Maximillion Productions. The performances ($1 for Members, $2 for non-Members) incorporate eight children's books from around the world. The 12:30 p.m. performance will be interpreted in sign language. All books highlighted during the day will be available in the Museum Store.

A schedule of events is listed below. For additional information, call (215) 684-7605.

  • 10:00-4:00 Self-guided activity sheets: Stories in Art
  • 10:30-2:00 Make-and-Take Workshop: Bookmaking
  • 10:30 & 12:30 Performance: Multicultural Story Salad
  • 11:30-12:30 William Wegman booksigning
  • 12:00-2:30 Drawing Together
  • 1:30-2:30 David Wiesner booksigning
  • 1:30 & 2:30 Storytelling in the Galleries

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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