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April 2nd, 1997
Philadelphia Stories Video Program

From March 4 through May 18, 1997, the Video Gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Philadelphia Stories, an exhibition of works by local artists using the landmarks, neighborhoods and residents of Philadelphia as their subjects. Participants include established and emerging video makers, and their offerings represent the documentary, fictional narrative and experimental approaches that coexist in Philadelphia.

The videos in Philadelphia Stories are by Dorothea Braemer, Keith Fulton, Mike Kuetemeyer, Karen Lefkovitz, Tina Morton, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Andres Nicolini, Michael O'Reilly, Jim Ospenson, Peter Rose, Anula Shetty and Lamar Williams. Their productions include visits with competing Ben Franklin impersonators, a documentary studying homelessness and housing activists, and a controversial proposal for a public-art project at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Programming in the Video Gallery, which is located in the Museum's Galleries of 20th-Century Art, is made possible by the generous support of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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 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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