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September 19th, 2005
Fleisher Art Memorial Presents Field Notes, an Exhibition About Collecting and Artistic Inspiration, October 1–December 10, 2005

The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial presents Field Notes: Objects and Notations Used in Creative Practice, an exploration of the relationship between collectible objects and the art they inspire. The exhibition in the Center for Works on Paper at 705 Christian Street features the work of artists Harry Anderson, Stephen Binasiewicz, Sharon Church, Joan Wadleigh Curran, and Barbara Thun, along with examples from each artist’s personal collection of artifacts and inspiration objects. The exhibition continues through December 10th.

The exhibition is open free to the public. Gallery hours are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, with additional hours of 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday. Harry Anderson makes collecting a part of his daily life. Anderson has a vast collection which encompasses, but is not limited to, Fiestaware, pitchers, glass shades, glassware, vintage radios, machine parts, and Volvo automobiles. He relies on his collection to find the perfect objects to assemble into his unique lamp sculptures. Glass and light bring a kinetic energy to each piece.

Stephen Binasiewicz is fascinated by objects that show signs of a previous owner’s use or misuse. Using images and memories from his past, Binasiewicz manipulates -- or at times fabricates -- many of his found items into each final piece of art. In this exhibition, Stephen Binasiewicz will be showing a new piece: a series of shelves containing objects which interact to create a personal narrative.

As a jeweler, Sharon Church is interested in adornment that empowers, enables, and protects the wearer. Church seeks forms that become a symbolic language of growth, decay, death, and renewal – timeless images that at once are tender and powerful. Together, both wearer and ornament become spectacle in a form of performance art. Sharon will be showing images of Chatelaine for Lorene Cary as well as selections from her own collection of inspirational objects including bits of wood, bone, plant specimens, and metal shapes.

Joan Wadleigh Curran is interested in objects that exist on the periphery of our daily experiences and are often overlooked. Curran is drawn to the cropped, pruned, twisted forms of plant andmanmade metal objects. She then stages them in a provocative context in her drawing and paintings. Joan Wadleigh Curran aims to make her work accessible, unflinching, seductive, powerful but vulnerable, intimate, and female.

Barbara Thun is an avid traveler, reader, and collector of poetic texts, sheets of choral music, and early photographs. Thun will show a portion of her installation Elegy, a series of translucent fabric panels printed with ghostly portrait photo images. The work memorializes the lives of the late 19th-century and early 20th-century women portrayed in the piece. Educational activities organized in conjunction with Field Notes will delineate the connections between the art on exhibit and the fields -- such as history and natural science -- which enrich our viewing of the creative process. On Saturday, October 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Bob Brand will deliver a lecture on the art of collecting. On Saturday, October 29, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., curator Mary Murphy will conduct a gallery talk with the exhibiting artists. On Saturday, November 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Susan Glassman, Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, will deliver a lecture on the taxonomy of collecting for natural science. Admission to these events is free.

On Saturday, November 12, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. there will be studio tour by bus of Harry Anderson’s and Joan Curran’s Philadelphia studios. Tour admission is $20 per person. Those interested in joining the tour should contact Jane Hoshi at 215-922-3456 ext. 326.

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 Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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