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February 25th, 1997
Museum To Host Video Artists

Artists from Up Close and Personal, the current video exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will take part in a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Museum's Seminar Room. Participants will include Cheryl Donegan, Alex Bag, and Alix Pearlstein. Lori Zippay, Executive Director of Electronic Arts Intermix (the leading video distributor in New York), will act as moderator.

Much of today's most dynamic video art is made by younger women, and it is their work that is featured in Up Close and Personal. These artists often use a performance-based approach in which the artist herself is cast as the key performer in a staged situations in which she addresses the viewer directly. The Museum's exhibition features works by 13 artists from the United States and Europe, including Cheryl Donegan, Vanessa Beecroft, Alix Lambert, Sadie Benning, Gillian Wearing, and Alex Bag.

Up Close and Personal can be seen in the Museum's Video Gallery, located in the Galleries of 20th-Century Art, and in the West Foyer just inside the Museum's West Entrance. The show has been extended until March 2. The panel discussion on February 26 is free of charge to all Museum visitors after Museum admission. It will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and a chance to converse informally with the artists.

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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