On behalf of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the City of Philadelphia, Gerry Lenfest, the Museum’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the City Council, joined by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, declared today that Thursday, June 19, 2008, will be an official day of appreciation in Philadelphia to honor the Museum’s longtime Director and Chief Executive Officer Anne d’Harnoncourt, who died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 1.
On June 19 the Museum will be open free to the public from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. At 11:30 a.m. the City Council will issue a resolution honoring Anne d’Harnoncourt’s extraordinary leadership and public service. In the Museum, guest books in which visitors may share thoughts, appreciation and memories will be on display throughout the day. An audio tour of Director’s Delights, in which d’Harnoncourt with incomparable enthusiasm shares her fascination with choice works in the galleries, will be available free of charge.
At 6 p.m., the public is invited to gather on the Museum’s East Terrace for a tribute in appreciation of Anne d’Harnoncourt. On the steps, the Philadelphia Boys Choir will perform.
“In the spirit of Anne’s warm and welcoming way, we offer this complimentary invitation to the public, everyone, to join us on June 19th in sharing the Museum and collections that she loved so much here in the city to which she was so completely devoted,” said Gerry Lenfest. “In our tribute, we will remember the d’Harnoncourt years with tremendous pride and deepest gratitude. The Museum will move forward in greatness, building upon hers.”
Mayor Nutter stated: “Anne believed deeply, nobly, and selflessly in public service. Her commitment and contributions to our city were enormous, touching the lives of everyone from our schoolchildren to our civic leaders, with vision and a clear mission. It is only fitting that we declare June 19 as a citywide day of appreciation for Anne. I strongly encourage all Philadelphians to join in celebrating Anne’s life and accomplishments by visiting the Museum and participating in the tribute to her on the 19th.”
Governor Rendell said: "Anne was a great director and CEO of our beloved art museum but she was far more than that. She was the leader of our cultural community and someone whose brilliance and achievements made us realize that arts and culture in Philadelphia took a back seat to no one. Anne could have worked in virtually any city in the world and yet she stayed in Philadelphia. Her decision was a bold statement that spoke volumes."
An official memorial service to celebrate Anne d’Harnoncourt’s life will be scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 2008, which would be her 65th birthday. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the Anne d’Harnoncourt Memorial Fund.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Philadelphia Museum of Art, East Terrace
the Philadelphia Boys Choir
H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, Chairman of the Board, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia
He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands
Joseph J. Rishel, The Gisela and Dennis Alter Senior Curator of European Painting before 1900 and Senior Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection and the Rodin Museum
Moe Brooker, Artist
Chairman, Basics Department and Professor, Moore College of Art and Design
Chairman, Philadelphia Art Commission
Fanfare for the Common Man
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
When the Saints Come Marching In
Ed Wise and His New Orleans Jazz Band