December 9th, 2009
Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum Collaborate to Present an Exhibition of Works by Renowned Artist Cai Guo-Qiang
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum will present a multi-site exhibition of the work of Cai Guo-Qiang, one of the most prominent contemporary artists on the international art scene. Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms consists of a poetic meditation on the passing of time, memory, and memorializing. One of the artist’s signature “explosion events,” Fallen Blossoms: Explosion Project, has been specifically commissioned for the exhibition and will take place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; a second explosion event will follow at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Inspired by the memory of Anne d'Harnoncourt (1943-2008), late director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and her long friendship with the founder and artistic director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Marion Boulton Stroud, Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms addresses themes of memory, loss and renewal on a personal and public level. It is Cai's first solo exhibition in Philadelphia and the first in the United States since his retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in early 2008.
December 3rd, 2009
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts who support the Museum, is pleased to announce its annual black tie Winter Gala, scheduled for February 20, 2010 in the Great Stair Hall. To celebrate the masquerade theme, partygoers will don festive masks for the evening and be the first to experience a special unveiling of the spectacular Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris exhibition on display February 24 through April 25. Over 500 guests are expected to attend the stylish evening of dancing, exquisite food, and fabulous raffle prizes and auction items including fashion- and sports-themed gift packages. Proceeds from the gala will support the Young Friends’ mission to acquire new works of art for the Museum’s collection, and to aid the Museum’s conservation and preservation, as well as outreach and educational programming.
December 1st, 2009
Museum Presents First Exhibition Outside of South Asia of Traditional Embroidered Quilts from Bengal
Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
(December 12, 2009 – July 25, 2010)
(December 12, 2009 – July 25, 2010)
November 15th, 2009
For early Philadelphians, December was the high point of the social season. With crops harvested and days short, the well-to-do turned their attention to feasting, holiday celebrations, and weddings. Through the month of December, the historic Fairmount Park Houses Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant will re-create the scene, featuring displays that reveal the appetite of the times for traditional food, spirits, fashionable attire, and other hallmarks of festive occasion.
November 4th, 2009
Inspired by knights in the Armory, fountains trickling in the French Cloisters, and carved granite pillars in the Indian Temple hall, families attending the Every Family Party will be whisked away for a night to worlds unknown without leaving the Museum. Guests are invited to experience “A World of Discovery” on November 14 when children aided by their fiery imaginations will explore faraway destinations scattered across the 200-plus galleries that bring the world under one roof at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Family-friendly activities, music, dancing, food and performances will take place from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Museum’s Main Building. Tickets are $25, and proceeds from the event benefit the Museum’s Division of Education. Children age 2 and under are free.
October 23rd, 2009
Inspiring Fashion: Gifts from Designers Honoring Tom Marotta presents a collection of runway styles donated by 17 designers in recognition of the creative legacy of the late fashion visionary Tom Marotta, who was vice president of couture at Saks Fifth Avenue. Obtained through the auspices of Saks Fifth Avenue, the garments are all gifts to the Museum and have become part of the permanent collection.
October 19th, 2009
Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, today announced the appointment of Gail Harrity as the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Ms. Harrity, the Museum’s Chief Operating Officer since 1997, also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer during the past 15 months while the Board of Trustees conducted a search for a successor to the late Anne d’Harnoncourt as Director of the Museum.
October 17th, 2009
Acquisition of Monumental Early Renaissance Horse and Man Armors Made Possible by Gift of Athena and Nicholas Karabots and the Karabots Foundation
One of the last complete European horse armors to have remained in private hands, accompanied by an imposing man armor, has been acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Created in 1507 by Wilhelm von Worms the Elder, the most famous Nuremberg armorer of his day, and entirely made of steel plates enriched with delicately etched and gilded figures of a dragon and noblewomen, this monumental horse armor is the only example to have become available in 45 years, and one of only a handful in existence to be of such an early date. The man armor, created around 1505 by the armorer Matthes Deutsch in Landshut, is one of under a dozen complete, or near complete field armors of that period to have survived. It is Deutsch’s latest known work, and his most richly decorated.
October 16th, 2009
From the traditional to the very contemporary, a range of musical experiences await at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as leading performers in jazz and international music take the to stage Friday nights in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall. Each Friday evening the space is transformed into a lively concert hall, with table service, cocktails, elegant café-style appetizers, and desserts. Highlights of the fall 2009 season include a Day of the Dead dance party on October 30, with Brooklyn-based party band Cumbiagra playing the classic cumbias of Colombia and Mexico. Also this autumn, in conjunction with the exhibition Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective (October 21, 2009–January 10, 2010), which celebrates the achievements and influence of the Armenian-born artist who transformed 20th-century American art, the program will present two evenings of Armenian-influenced music: on Friday, November 6, jazz pianist and composer Armen Donelian offers jazz interpretations of Armenian folk songs; and on Friday, December 4, Richard Hagopian and his band will perform with traditional instruments dating back to the 16th century.
October 8th, 2009
Notations/Bruce Nauman: Days and Giorni
(November 21, 2009 - April 4, 2010)
(November 21, 2009 - April 4, 2010)
October 6th, 2009
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a multimedia exhibition of works by Marcel Wanders (b. 1963), whose unique fusion of technology, artistry, and wit have established him as a leading figure in international design. Created specifically for the Museum, the installation will showcase the designer’s favorite projects over the last 20 years, including prototypes, personal editions, and objects never before exhibited.
October 5th, 2009
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a major traveling retrospective celebrating the extraordinary life and work of Arshile Gorky (American, born Armenia, c.1902-1948), a seminal figure in the movement towards gestural abstraction that would transform American art in the years after World War II. The first comprehensive survey of the work of this artist in nearly three decades, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective will premier at the Museum and present 180 paintings, sculptures and works on paper reflecting the full scope of Gorky’s prolific career. Drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, this retrospective will reveal the evolution of Gorky’s unique visual vocabulary and mature style. It is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and will be accompanied by a major publication, published in association with Yale University Press. The exhibition will travel to Tate Modern, London (February 10 - May 3, 2010) and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (June 6 - September 20, 2010) following its debut in Philadelphia.
September 30th, 2009
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September 29th, 2009
Exhibition Surveys the Distinguished and Wide-Ranging Career of Surrealist Photographer Frederick Sommer
Frederick Sommer (1905-1999) crafted a vision inflected by Surrealist ideas, elements of surprise and chance, and an acute sense of design. He experimented with many forms of art while making photography his primary endeavor. The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Frederick Sommer Photographs, a survey of his art over five decades, with some 40 photographs shown along with drawings and collages, including all of his central motifs and many of his best-known works. Among the images on view are several of his desert landscapes from the 1940s, horizon-less images that only gradually resolve their components into landscapes, and bewildering subjects such as “Max Ernst” (1946), an exhibition highlight, in which Sommer superimposed an image of an aged concrete wall onto a portrait of his friend, the pioneering Dada and Surrealist artist, to create the illusion of a man morphing into rock. Other highlights include a rare suite of macabre and humorous yet poignant photographs the artist made in 1939 using chicken parts collected from his butcher, and which reflect the artist's determination to find mystery and grace in the most debased aspects of physical existence. There are also numerous examples of Sommer's later experiments photographing other artworks, including his own elegant paper cutouts of the 1960s and '70s.
September 15th, 2009
The 1960s became a critical period for photography in Philadelphia, as artists including Emmet Gowin, Will Larson, and Ray K. Metzker came to teach in some of the city’s renowned art schools, bringing experimental approaches to the medium. The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1970s, an exhibition that explores the work made by these internationally acclaimed artists along with superb work by lesser-known figures, including some of their students, who pushed photographic experimentation to explore both the medium itself and the social and sexual politics of the era. In addition to highlighting eight strong bodies of work, the exhibition demonstrates the rich exchange of ideas that took place within the city's artistic community. It will be on view through January 31, 2010 in the Julien Levy Gallery at the Museum’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.
September 14th, 2009
When it opens to the public on September 15, the new Sculpture Garden on the west side of the Museum, facing Kelly Drive and overlooking the Schuylkill River, will offer visitors an aesthetic experience that is at once a sequence of galleries without walls and a sculpted expanse of landscape art.
August 27th, 2009
Featuring works from the Museum’s vast permanent collection and incorporating themes from constantly changing special exhibitions, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Division of Education produces dozens of programs each season. The Education department encourages adults and children of all ages to engage and interact with the visual arts through family celebrations of international cultures, lectures by noted artists and scholars (including artist Jeff Wall and NPR host Susan Stamberg), and a slew of music, dance, and theatrical performances in the galleries. Other highlights include the Film@Perelman series, pairing short films in quirky and unexpected ways, a new contemporary-music series, and various lectures and programs highlighting the Armenian artist Arshile Gorky. The Education department will also continue to offer ongoing favorites, such as the 45-minute “Spotlight Talks” and twice-monthly family-friendly “Drawing Together” in the galleries, as well as many diverse options for guided and self-guided tours.
August 19th, 2009
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts, are pleased to announce their 18th-annual Rodin Garden Party, scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2009. As the Rodin Museum’s garden and exterior is currently undergoing renovation, this year’s celebration will travel up the Parkway to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. More than 400 guests are expected to attend this consistently sold-out party, which welcomes autumn from the ultramodern interiors of the Perelman Building’s Skylit Galleria. Funds raised through this event support the Young Friends’ mission of art acquisitions, conservation, and preservation of works in the collections, as well as education and outreach programming.
July 16th, 2009
August 15-November 29, 2009
July 13th, 2009
On June 9, 2009, Fleisher was pleased to award The Ella King Torrey Young Artist Prize to Brianna Tadeo. The Prize honors Ella King Torrey (1957-2003), whose passionate support for individual artists helped reinvigorate the arts in Philadelphia starting in the 1980s. The Prize celebrates Ella's joy, excitement and commitment to artists by encouraging exceptional teenaged students at Fleisher. An award of $1,000 is given to one young artist each year to support his or her continued development in the arts and increase exposure to opportunities in the arts. In making this gift, her mother, Ella R. Torrey, said, “I thought helping a young artist at Fleisher was the perfect match for Ella King's love and knowledge of artists and all the varieties of their artistic expression.” Ms. Torrey presented the award to Ms. Tadeo, a budding artist and photographer, at the June 9th ceremony. Ms. Tadeo will use the prize to pay for art supplies while she attends a pre-college program at the University of the Arts this summer.
July 9th, 2009
Drawing together a diverse range of paintings and sculptures from across the subcontinent, Ragas and Rajas: Musical Imagery of Courtly India (July 11 – December 27) explores the confluence of sight and sound, king and god throughout a millennium of artistic vision in India.
June 29th, 2009
Rub Will Become the Museum's 13th Director
Rodin's "The Thinker" is removed for safekeeping and protective restoration during construction work at the Rodin Museum.
June 26th, 2009
Effective July 1, 2009, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will change its admissions pricing structure, increasing general (adult) admission and discounted fees for students and seniors by $2 while sustaining its family-friendly policy of free admission to children 12-years-old and younger (who are visiting with families) and free admission to Philadelphia public school groups. The Museum will also retain its popular “pay-what-you-wish” on Sunday policy, but as of July 5, 2009, this pricing will be offered only on the first Sunday of each month instead of every Sunday.
June 10th, 2009
Exhibition Presents the Many Aspects of Spectacle Captured by Photographers from 19th Century to Today
Since the inception of the medium photographers have documented spectacular scenes and events along with the curious spectators who observe them. This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Spectacle: Photographs from the Collection, an exhibition of more than 40 black and white and color photographs, dating from c. 1883 to 2002, which explore the fundamental relationship between a spectacle, its audience, and photography itself. Spectacle includes photographs by Eugène Atget, Robert Frank, Gordon Parks, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Graham, and many others.
June 6th, 2009
Golden Lion for the Best National Participation at the 53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia Awarded to the U.S. Representation
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, commissioning institution for the United States Pavilion at the 53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, announced today that the U.S. representation, Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, has been awarded the prestigious Golden Lion for the Best National Participation. According to a statement from the Biennale, the presentation was selected “in recognition of the sustained energy and precision of Bruce Nauman’s art. From iconic embodiments of human pain and fragility to pithy jabs at our frailties, his oeuvre reveals the magic of meaning as it emerges through relentless repetition of language and form.” This is the first time since 1990 that the United States has received the much-coveted award.
June 5th, 2009
At the turn of the 20th century when they first began to appear, skyscrapers were seen as symbols of modernity and testaments to human achievement. Stretching the limits of popular imagination, they captured the attention of visual artists working in a variety of mediums. This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Skyscrapers: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs of the Early Twentieth Century, an exhibition that traces the rise of the American skyscraper as an iconic image. The exhibition will feature more than 50 works from the Museum’s collection, dating from 1908 to 1941, which demonstrate the many ways artists chose to portray the new giants in their landscape.
June 3rd, 2009
'Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens' Opens as the U.S. Representation at the 53rd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia
ON VIEW: United States Pavilion (Giardini della Biennale) JUNE 7 – NOVEMBER 22, 2009 Università Iuav di Venezia at Tolentini and Exhibition Spaces at Università Ca’ Foscari JUNE 7 – OCTOBER 18, 2009
May 21st, 2009
Every seat in her house was full and every room overflowing when Jeanne Rymer began donating works from her extensive modernist chair collection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her generous gift is currently on view in the Collab Gallery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building in an exhibition titled A Taste for Modern: The Jeanne Rymer Collection of Twentieth-Century Chairs (May 16 – September 20), organized by Donna Corbin, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts.
May 18th, 2009
Only 13 days remain to experience Cézanne and Beyond, the major Philadelphia-only international loan exhibition that demonstrates—through masterpiece after masterpiece—how the French painter Paul Cézanne changed the course of modern art in the 20th century. Garnering rave reviews around the United States and abroad, the exhibition was nearly five years in the making and has brought to Philadelphia more than 150 works gathered from public and private collections across 10 countries. Some of the works have not been seen in the United States for more than 50 years. Cézanne and Beyond remains on view only through Sunday, May 31, and is now open seven-days-a-week—including Memorial Day. It is made possible by Advanta.
Adventures in Modern Art: The Charles K. Williams II Collection
July 12 - September 13, 2009
July 12 - September 13, 2009
Visual Delight: Ornament and Pattern in Modern and Contemporary Design
May 19 - September 2009, the Collab Gallery, Perelman Building
May 19 - September 2009, the Collab Gallery, Perelman Building
May 15th, 2009
On Saturday, May 31, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, will host the third annual ARTspiration! — a FREE community arts festival. This outdoor festival will take place between Fleisher's 719 Catharine Street and 705 Christian Street buildings and along the 700 block of Catharine Street. Family-oriented activities will include free bicycle-art stations, free art-making activities, a plant and herb sale, bake sale, book sale, art and craft sale, free performances, and a prize raffle. Neighborhood food vendors will also be on hand selling refreshments and treats for the whole family.
A lively, diverse line-up of jazz and world music performers is taking center stage this spring in Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Each Friday evening, the Museum’s Great Stair Hall is transformed into a concert hall, complete with table service, cocktails, elegant café-style appetizers, and desserts. Art After 5 features both emerging and established jazz performers, with forays on the first Friday of each month into other musical genres. Between sets visitors have a chance to explore the Museum’s galleries and special exhibitions.
May 13th, 2009
Museum Celebrates Philadelphia's Extensive Metalworking History with Exhibition of Sculpture and Jewelry
Philadelphia has a rich history of metalwork, and owes much of its early development to the industrial welders who helped shape the city during its settlement. The city has continued to rely on the skills of metalsmiths, who have gradually incorporated ornate design into functional works over the centuries. In conjunction with 800 metalsmiths arriving in Philadelphia for the 40th-annual conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) May 20 to 23, the Museum celebrates the city’s longstanding metalworking heritage with Wrought & Crafted: Jewelry and Metalwork 1900 to the Present, organized by Elisabeth Agro, the Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts. The exhibition opens May 9 and runs through January 2010 in the North Auditorium Gallery.
May 5th, 2009
Fleisher Art Memorial Features Artists Johanna Inman, Yvonne Lung and Constantina Zavitsanos in 31st Season's Third Wind Challenge Exhibition
May 8 — July 3, 2009
April 9th, 2009
Exhibition Explores Glamour and Influence of Paris Fashion in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
For well over a century, consumers of fashion in the United States have been inspired by the glamorous and cutting-edge fashions created in Paris. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Shopping in Paris: French Fashion 1850–1925,an exhibition of rarely seen works from its extensive collection of Costume and Textiles that explore the American experience abroad between 1850 and 1925. The exhibition will pair the luxurious designs of leading couturiers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Emile Pingat, and Jeanne Lanvin with American fashions based on these Parisian designs. On view in the Spain Gallery at the Museum’s Perelman Building, it will include nearly 35 garments and accessories, along with photographs and film clips from the early 20th century that will give audiences a sense of the storyline around each garment and the woman who would have worn it.
Fleisher Art Memorial Celebrates 20th Anniversary Founder's Award Gala By Honoring Three Philadelphia-Based Artists
Founder's Award Gala - Saturday, May 9th
April 3rd, 2009
Fleisher Art Memorial is pleased to host acclaimed artist and teacher Al Gury, who will give a live painting demonstration followed by a signing of his recently published book Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting. As Mr. Gury paints, he will address details of portraiture, including an analysis of the structure of the head and face, instructions for create a color palette, and an overview of methods for applying pigment. At the end of the evening, his newly created painting, as well as a companion figure painting, will be sold by live auction to support Fleisher programs.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Richard Schultz: Five Decades of Design, a small selection of works by the celebrated designer of outdoor furniture on the Perelman Building's Café Terrace. The works date from the early 1960s to the present day and reflect the designer’s interest in sculptural form, innovative materials, and their relationship to the user and the environment. The installation will include approximately 12 works by Schultz, who will inaugurate the exhibition and deliver the Collab Spring Lecture on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Perelman Building Media Room. The annual lecture is presented by Collab, the Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
April 1st, 2009
This schedule is updated for quarterly release.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced that thanks to the kindness of public and private lenders of works of art from around the world, the popular Cézanne and Beyond exhibition will be extended through Sunday, May 31, 2009, and will also be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25). Made possible by ADVANTA and originally scheduled to close on May 17, the exhibition opened in Philadelphia on February 26 and will be seen only in Philadelphia. As of April 1 some 134,000 tickets have been issued for Cézanne and Beyond, with visitors coming from more than 39 states, including California, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, and from around the world, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
March 20th, 2009
The work of Brooklyn-based artist Tim Hyde will be the subject of the latest exhibition in the Live Cinema series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It will include three works by the 40-year-old artist who uses video and collaged photography to explore the ways in which space is perceived and seemingly transformed in time. Hyde’s art often amplifies experience of a particular place in relation to specific psychological and historical contexts. In recent years Hyde has made work in locations such as Albania, Belarus, Ukraine, and the United States.
March 12th, 2009
The Board of Trustees and the staff of the Philadelphia Museum of Art today mourn the passing of Leonore Annenberg, among the great philanthropists and public servants of her era and a devoted Trustee of the Museum since 1954.
March 4th, 2009
Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens, the official United States representation at the 53rd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, will explore thematically the work of one of the most influential living American artists. Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition will underscore recurrent themes in Nauman’s extraordinary 40-year career with works shown across three prominent locations in Venice: the U.S. Pavilion at the Giardini della Biennale; Università Iuav di Venezia at Tolentini; and the Exhibition Spaces at Università Ca’ Foscari.
February 26th, 2009
Since the 1960s Japanese photographer Daidō Moriyama (born 1938) has been making dynamic, often experimental images of modern urban life, establishing a reputation as one of the most important and exciting photographers of our time. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition of approximately 45 photographs by Moriyama, made in and around Tokyo in the 1980s, when the artist focused his mature aesthetic on the city with renewed intensity. The exhibition will be on view from February 28-June 30, 2009 in the Julien Levy Gallery at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.
February 9th, 2009
Philadelphia is the Only Venue for a Major Exhibition Exploring Cézanne's Impact on Artists of Succeeding Generations
In 1907, the French painter Paul Cézanne’s posthumous retrospective astonished younger artists, accelerating the experimentation of European modernism. Cézanne (1839-1906) became for Henri Matisse “a benevolent god of painting,” and for Pablo Picasso “my one and only master.” Cézanne’s inclusion in the Armory Show in New York in 1913 also offered American artists a new direction. Cézanne & Beyond (February 26 through May 17, 2009) will examine the seismic shift provoked by this pivotal figure, examining him as form-giver, catalyst, and touchstone for artists who followed. It will survey the development of an artistic vision that anticipated Cubism and fueled a succession of artistic movements, and will juxtapose Cézanne’s achievement with works by many who were inspired directly by him, showing a fluid interchange of form and ideas. It will place his work in context with more recent artists like Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns, and Brice Marden, who in quite different ways came to terms with the master of Aix-en-Provence. His profound impact on successive generations endures to the present day. The exhibition will present more than 150 works, including a large group of paintings, watercolors and drawings by Cézanne, along with those of 18 later artists.
January 28th, 2009
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that construction of its new parking garage will be completed in just a few weeks. Nestled into the hillside on the Museum’s west side, it will increase parking capacity for the Museum by 442 spaces and provide exceptional overlooks to the Schuylkill River from its rooftop sculpture garden that will be finished later this year and become integral to the visitor experience. The boulders excavated from the hillside during construction have been repositioned into dramatic landscaped terraces that surround the garage and echo the former terraces, created around the main Museum building in the 1920s. The facility has been praised by the Environmental Protection Agency for its low-impact, environmentally sensitive and responsible systems and design ranging from building materials to storm water management. It will open to the public on February 20, 2009, just before many thousands of visitors begin to arrive for the special exhibition Cézanne and Beyond (February 26-May 17, 2009).
January 23rd, 2009
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has received major works of art as gifts in honor of the late Anne d’Harnoncourt, the Museum’s Director from 1982 until her death in June 2008. Among these gifts are remarkable paintings by Gilbert Stuart, Georges Seurat, and Frank Stella; an important drawing by Claes Oldenburg; as well as many other noteworthy works in a variety of media. In addition, the Museum is purchasing an important work by Ellsworth Kelly with funds donated in memory of Anne d’Harnoncourt.
January 16th, 2009
While a team of curators begins to finalize their installation plans and conservators prepare to examine works of art arriving from around the world, another group of individuals at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is also gearing up for Cézanne and Beyond, the major international loan exhibition opening February 26, 2009. These weekend and weekday Museum guides have already logged countless hours of research as they prepare to guide visitors through the exhibition — visitors they hope will leave feeling enlightened and inspired.
January 14th, 2009
January 13th, 2009
Museum Presents Rare 19th Century Portraits of African American Couple with Family Ties to the City’s First Mayor
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an extremely rare pair of portraits of African American sitters whose heritage can be traced back to the city’s first mayor, Humphrey Morrey (b. c. 1650, England; d. 1716, Philadelphia), appointed to his office by William Penn in 1691. The portraits were painted in 1841 and depict Hiram Charles Montier (1818–1905), who was a bootmaker on N.W. 7th Street at the time of the painting, and his wife Elizabeth Brown Montier (1820–ca. 1858) whom family records indicate had lived in the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood. The portraits are owned by their descendents, Mr. and Mrs. William Pickens, III of New York, and have never before been publicly exhibited. They are on a long-term loan to the Museum.
January 12th, 2009
This schedule is updated quarterly.
Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art this spring will be presented with a wide variety of programs, including performances, films, family activities, lectures, workshops and special courses. Throughout the season, the adult and children’s programs will highlight such special exhibitions as the much-anticipated Cézanne and Beyond (February 26 - May 17, 2009), debut a new series of “Art Conversations,” and continue to expand its film program, which now includes the monthly Film at Perelman series.
January 9th, 2009
When the first printed images appeared in Europe in the fifteenth century they were limited to the small size and shape of a sheet of paper that could fit in a standard printing press. By the sixteenth century, the ambition to rival paintings and to adorn wall surfaces prompted artists and printmakers to challenge these restrictions. Printed images were expanded in various ways to accommodate new formats. Large-scale woodcuts and engravings began to be printed on several sheets of paper that could be joined together to form a single picture. Some were arranged in frieze-like sequences similar to carved wall reliefs, while others were pieced together to emulate the scale of monumental murals and tapestries.
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