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September 7th, 2001
Tickets for Thomas Eakins: American Realist Go on Sale Starting September 9

Advance tickets for the exhibition that Newsweek calls "the fall's hottest art ticket" go on sale to the public beginning Sunday, September 9, 2001. The first full-scale retrospective in twenty years to survey the achievements of one of the great American artists of all time, Thomas Eakins: American Realist debuts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 4, 2001 through January 6, 2002.

The son of a writing master who taught him early on the importance of fine craftsmanship, Thomas Cowperthwaite Eakins (1844–1916) lived nearly his entire life in Philadelphia. He built his art upon distinctly American subjects that reflected his own experience. More than 200 works from public and private collections nationwide will be on view in this international traveling exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They range from famous autumn scenes of sculling on Philadelphia's Schuylkill River to Eakins' explorations in sculpture and his path-finding accomplishments in photography. Among the highlights are the sporting pictures, ranging in subject from boating and fishing to baseball and boxing, as well as the two heroically scaled paintings of eminent physicians conducting surgery—The Gross Clinic and The Agnew Clinic—remain so startling today.

Advance tickets for timed entry to Thomas Eakins: American Realist may be purchased at the Museum or by calling (215) 235-SHOW or online via the Museum website (phone and online orders are subject to a $2.75 per ticket non-refundable service charge).

The Antenna recorded tour is $5.00. Headsets can be rented at the entrance to the exhibition or at the admission desks. Headsets can also be rented over the phone or via the Museum website at the time of ticket purchase for $5.00 plus an additional non-refundable $0.50 service charge.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition (cloth, $65; paper, $48). It is available at the Museum Store, through the Ticket Center by calling (215) 235-SHOW, by calling the mail order department at (800) 329-4856, or online via the Museum website.

Group tickets and tours can be reserved by calling Group Sales at (215) 684-7863.

The exhibition is made possible by Advanta and Strawbridge's. Additional funding was provided by generous grants from The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with initial funding from the William Penn Foundation. Additional support was provided by NBC 10 WCAU and Amtrak.

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 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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