NEW AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
35mm: Photographs from the Collection
Through June 3, 2012
Through most of the twentieth century, the handheld 35mm roll-film camera—named for the size of the small film it used—was a ubiquitous and indispensible photographic tool. The camera’s compact design permitted easy concealment and nearly effortless transport, and its fast shutter speed enabled photographers to capture action as it unfolded. At the moment of roll film’s near obsolescence in the digital age, this exhibition presents a survey of 35mm photography and offers an examination of its characteristic look. On view are 66 photographs, beginning with street photographs by Andre Kertesz made in 1928 shortly after the 35mm camera became commercially available and concluding with work by contemporary artists who continue to use roll film. Highlights include work by early 35mm enthusiasts Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ilse Bing, now iconic pictures by Walker Evans and Robert Frank, the war photography of Robert Capa, 1960s street photography by Lee Friedlander and William Klein, and color work by Joel Meyerowitz and Mary Ellen Mark.
This exhibition presents a survey of 35mm photography from the Museum’s collection and offers an examination of its specific “look,” so commonplace in the 20th century but now nearly obsolete in the age of digital photography, which nonetheless evolved directly out of the aesthetic and easy portability of the roll-film camera. Included are photographs by European and American photographers working in the 1930s and 1940s, the decades in which the 35mm camera rose to prominence, as well as black-and-white and color work by more than thirty photographers from the 1950s through the present day. Highlights include early 35mm practitioners Ilse Bing, André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, and Lisette Model; photojournalists W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, and Mary Ellen Mark; street photographers Mark Cohen, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, William Klein, and Joel Meyerowitz; series by Eric Avery and Edward Quinn; as well as work by Ray K. Metzker, Danny Lyon, and Lewis Baltz.Curator: Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center
Location: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Levy Gallery Press Images
Through August 26, 2012
Uniting fabric sculptures and hand-printed textiles from the Museum’s collection, Secret Garden features three American artists whose works in fiber embrace the idea of a garden as a personal metaphor. Ted Hallman’s sculpture, The Inner Tree (1977), evokes the physical and spiritual world while addressing Hallman’s longstanding interest in healing and psychotherapy. A monumental knitted work, The Inner Tree is an experiment in textile structure, with knotted acrylic yarns over steel armatures. Sheila Hicks’ Wow Bush/Turmoil in Full Bloom (1977) is an installation piece constructed from nurses’s uniforms from the Cantonal Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland, dyed in shades of lavender, yellow, and red. These garments have been torn into strips and knotted, meshed, and sewn together into a freestanding work that takes on any configuration and adapts to any space. Originally installed in 1977 at the Biennial of Tapestry in Lausanne, Wow Bush is often considered a turning point in the evolution of the tapestry medium. In Jim Hodges’ Every Touch (1995), thousands of artificial flowers were disassembled and reassembled in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia to create a dramatic lacelike curtain of cascading petals. The work’s title addresses the labor-intensive process of its shared construction and is also a meditation on the elusiveness of beauty. The three artists’ works are complemented by hand screenprints produced in the same period by textile designers Elenhank (Eleanor and Henry Kluck), June Groff, Jack Lenor Larsen, and D. D. and Leslie Tillett. The show coincides with the still lifes and landscapes in the Museum’s Van Gogh Up Close exhibition, the Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 4–11), and FiberPhiladelphia (March–April).Curator: Dilys Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles
Location: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Spain Gallery Press Images
Craft Spoken Here: Connectivity in Contemporary Art
May 5–August 12, 2012
Craft is a universal medium. With a language of materials, process, skill, and form, works of craft relate to one another, traversing borders and boundaries and transcending art historical classifications. In Craft Spoken Here, craft becomes a bridge that connects the art we have on view to the larger art world as well as to experiences of recreational crafters, who create for pure pleasure. The exhibition, which draws from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection supplemented by works borrowed from artists and private collections, highlights these commonalities, placing diverse works from around the world side-by-side to show links between form, process, and aesthetic features.
Craft Spoken Here is made possible by The Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation Fund for Modern and Contemporary Craft. Additional support is provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In-kind support is provided in courtesy of A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc., Calico Corners, and Lion Brand Yarn.Curator: Elizabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts
Location: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Exhibition Gallery Press Images
The Art of German Stoneware
May 5–August 5, 2012From the fourteenth through eighteenth centuries, stoneware ceramics from modern-day Germany and the Low Countries were valued and widely traded throughout northern Europe. In the 1600s—the heyday of stoneware production—they found an enthusiastic market in colonial North America. The medium’s success is due to its stone-like durability and imperviousness to liquid, making it perfect for cooking, storage, and drinking vessels. This social aspect of stoneware ceramics explains the crisp relief decoration on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century pieces, which feature moralizing images or political figures and their coats of arms; later pieces often eschew such ornament for floral or geometric patterns inspired by Far Eastern porcelains imported to Europe. This exhibition examines German stoneware from its origins to later revivals in the nineteenth-century and celebrates its long-standing relationship with the city of Philadelphia. It features selections from the Museum, seventeenth-century Dutch pictures demonstrating the high status of stoneware, and a generous promised gift of around forty pieces of German stoneware from Dr. Charles W. Nichols.
This exhibition is supported by the Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions. The accompanying publication is generously supported by Charles W. Nichols and the Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.Curator: Jack Hinton, Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Location: Rubenstein Gallery 254 Press Images
Rockwell Kent—Voyager: An Artist’s Journey in Prints, Drawings, and Illustrated Books
May 19–July 29, 2012
Famous in his own time as a painter, author, arctic adventurer, and political activist, American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) left his most enduring legacy as a printmaker and book illustrator. At his most productive between the two World Wars, Kent employed his distinctive graphic style—defined by austere compositions modeled in dramatic plays of light and shadow—for a wide variety of projects. His striking images of mysterious, statuesque figures in communion with the natural world were bold and enigmatic, flexible enough for corporate advertising campaigns and autobiographical book projects alike. As an illustrator, his designs breathed new life into modern editions of such literary classics as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the early English epic poem Beowulf. This exhibition, comprising some eighty prints, drawings, and illustrated books from the Museum’s permanent collection, will follow the artist from Alaska to Newfoundland; from the pages of Vanity Fair to Captain Ahab’s ship, The Pequod. At times visionary, provocative, and humorous, Kent transported his audience to far-away lands, inviting them on a symbolic exploration of the human spirit.Curator: Brooks Rich, Dorothy J. del Bueno Curatorial Fellow and John Ittman, The Kathy and Ted Fernberger Curator of Prints Location: Berman Gallery Press Images
Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks
May 19—August 5, 2012
An optician in Lexington, Kentucky, Ralph Eugene Meatyard (American 1925–1972) sustained his life-long interest in visual perception bymaking photographs rich in literary allusion. Meatyard’s photography was deliberate, often staged, and searching, and his fictional scenarios have found echoes in the work of artists such as Emmet Gowin, Cindy Sherman, and Francesca Woodman. In his last decade, Meatyard focused on dolls and masks, often photographing his own children posed in abandoned houses and landscapes near his home. These pictures offer an uncanny spin on family photography, exploring the contrasts between childhood and mortality, intimacy and unknowability, sharing and hiding. Meatyard’s last project was The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater, a project based on the common snapshot album but featuring friends and family all wearing masks. Drawn from the photographer’s estate, this focused exhibition of almost sixty photographs—all of them made before that iconic project—opens a window on his enigmatic practice.This exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. Curator: Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center Location: The Honickman Gallery Press Images
Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia
June 20 to September 3, 2012Shortly after it was completed in 1898, Paul Gauguin’s mural-scale masterpiece Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) was exhibited in Paris at the art gallery of Ambroise Vollard. At that moment, Paul Cézanne was in Paris working on a portrait of the art dealer and Henri Matisse was just then deciding to abandon his legal studies in the French capital for a career in art. To what degree Cézanne or Matisse were aware at that moment of Gauguin’s vast representation of a pastoral theme—his vision of Arcadia—is far from clear, but to examine this monumental painting work in relation to Cézanne’s largest and most ambitious work, The Large Bathers (1906, Philadelphia Museum of Art), and Matisse’s equally grand-scaled Bathers by a River (1909-1917, The Art Institute of Chicago) is to embark on a journey to the very foundations of modern art.
Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia will place these legendary paintings in dialogue with each other, and in doing so explore the potent theme of Arcadia—the idea of an earthly paradise—in French painting during the two decades leading up to the first World War and also the attraction it held many of the leading figures in the development of modern art. The exhibition will include significant paintings by Picasso, Matisse, and Derain as well as other leading artists of this period such as Albert Gleizes, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Paul Signac that can be understood as responses to the challenge of giving contemporary expression to the timeless—and deeply human—ideal of Arcadia.The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Mrs. Louis C. Madeira IV, The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Exhibitions, The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, Dennis Alter, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, and other generous individuals. Curator: 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
Location: Dorrance Galleries Press Images
Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
July 1—October 28, 2012
Between 2006 and 2009, American photographer Mary Ellen Mark visited thirteen high school proms to create portraits of attendees with a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid Land Camera. Only five such cameras exist, and they make extraordinary and unique large-format prints. Mark used the camera previously for her 2003 project Twins, and in Prom she applies it to the quintessential American coming-of-age ritual, selecting high schools from across the country that reflect the regional and class differences among Americans. Approximately sixty of Mark’s portraits are included in the exhibition, demonstrating the egalitarian spirit of her project and the continuing democratic potential of photography.
Prom: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark is presented in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum’s publication of the book by the same name, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the first public venue of photographs from this series. Mark’s husband, filmmaker Martin Bell, produced a 33 minute video about the portrait subjects at the same time Mark made her photographs. Bell’s film is a touching and humorous window into the project and a superb complement to the photographs.
Mark (born 1940) is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. One of the schools represented in this series is her alma mater, Cheltenham High School, in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.Curator: Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center Location: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Levy Gallery Press Images
The Rodin Museum (Re-opening)
From 2008 to 2011, the Rodin Museum underwent the first two phases of a three-stage rejuvenation project, with the ultimate goal of restoring the building and grounds in the spirit of their original 1929 design. During the first phase, the garden was revitalized. Drawing upon the plans and correspondence of the original architects Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber, the new design by OLIN partners enhances and amplifies their vision while placing special focus on the relationship of the Museum’s entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In the second stage of the project the Museum’s exterior was completely renewed. With the rejuvenated exterior, two freestanding, life-sized bronzes, The Age of Bronze and Eve, will be placed in the niches of the Museum facade that were originally designed for them. The Burghers of Calais now stands in the east garden, from which it was removed in 1955. The sculptures Adam and The Shade will find new homes in the garden.
Inside the Rodin Museum, the most significant goal of the work is the historically accurate renovation of the galleries and a reinstallation of the collection that will reflect the inspired intentions of Cret, who conceived the original ensemble, as well as provide the visitor with a richer experience of the thematic and stylistic range of Rodin’s art and the contributions he made to the history of sculpture. To enhance the visitor experience, the building will contain upgraded amenities and new interactive tools that will continue to make the museum an increasingly lively and engaging destination for learning and discovery. With The Thinker at the Parkway entrance and the Gates of Hell at the doorway to the museum, visitors will enjoy a greater understanding of the site as a whole and gain an appreciation for how Rodin’s sculpture functions in indoor and outdoor settings.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art thanks and commends all those who made outstanding gifts in support of the restoration and renovation of the Rodin Museum, its grounds, and garden. In partnership with The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, support was secured from the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The William Penn Foundation. Leadership support was provided by Mrs. Samuel M. V. Hamilton, the Dorrance H. Hamilton Charitable Trust, The Hamilton Family Foundation, and the William B. Dietrich Foundation, with additional generous support from the City of Philadelphia, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Zoë and Dean Pappas, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, The McLean Contributionship, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, and other individuals.Press Images
Sol LeWitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers
Summer 2012—Summer 2014
A leading figure in the international conceptual art movement, stressing the importance of ideas in a work of art. Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) uses basic geometric forms—the quadrilateral, triangle, and sphere—or variations of these shapes and a limited palette of the three primary colors, red, yellow, blue, as well as black, to devise systems that are not based on theory or logic, but are randomly selected. Throughout his career, LeWitt was commissioned to produce proposals for site specific outdoors drawings, most of which remained unrealized. The proposal for “Flower Garden (Fairmount Park, Philadelphia)” was conceived in 1981 when the artist was invited by the Fairmount Park Art Association to create a work for a site in Fairmount Park. He selected the Revolutionary War Heroes Park, behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and submitted a drawing with instructions. The project was not realized at the time.
Originally, LeWitt proposed a garden which would consist “of flowers paintings of four different colors (white, yellow, red and blue) in four equal rectangular areas, in rows of four directions (vertical, horizontal, diagonal left and right) framed by evergreen hedges of about 2 feet in height. In the winter the rows of plants would retain their linear direction, in the summer the flowers would bloom and provide color. The type of plant, height, distance apart and planting details would be under the direction of a botanist and the maintenance by a gardener.” The proposed flower garden will now be installed in mid-summer 2012 at its intended site, between the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s West Entrance and the Italian Fountain. LeWitt’s vision will be executed by Philadelphia-based architectural firm OLIN, who is also responsible for designing the Museum’s Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden adjacent to the Sol LeWitt: Lines in Four Directions in Flowers site.
With support from the Philadelphia Art Commission, the Fairmount Park Art Association, the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this project will activate the area of Fairmount Park as seen from the Museum’s Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden and illuminate the expansive breadth of the oeuvre of an artist in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection.
Sol LeWitt Lines in Four Directions in Flowers is made possible by a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.Press Images
Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop
September 7—November 25, 2012In 2009 the Brandywine Workshop donated one hundred prints by eighty-nine artists to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in memory of the Museum’s late director, Anne d’Harnoncourt. Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop celebrates this generous gift and the fortieth anniversary of the workshop’s founding. With approximately sixty works by sixty artists on view, this exhibition reflects the broad and diverse range of the workshop’s participants as well as their creative use of both the traditional printmaking techniques and contemporary technologies offered by the workshop. Among the artists represented are John Biggers, Moe Brooker, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Joyce deGuatemala, Sam Gilliam, Mei-ling Hom, Ibrahim Miranda, Betye Saar, Vuyile Voyiya, and Kay WalkingStick. Subjects range from politics, cultural identities, and other social issues, to landscape, patterning, and pure abstraction. The donation is illustrated in its entirety in an accompanying catalogue, which includes an essay by Philadelphia native and noted contemporary print scholar Ruth Fine, Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1972, the Brandywine Workshop has become an international center for printmaking as well as a resource for community organization and development in Philadelphia. Through its art education programs, the workshop promotes printmaking as a fine art and enhances the role of people of diverse ethnicities and nationalities as both visual artists and audiences.
The exhibition is funded in part by The Pew Charitable Trusts.Curator: Curator: Shelley R. Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings
Location: Location: Honickman and Berman Galleries Press Images
Shipwreck! Winslow Homer and The Life Line
September 22—December 16, 2012Engaging age-old themes of peril at sea and the power of nature, Winslow Homer’s masterpiece The Life Line (1884) is the center of an exhibition about the making and meaning of an iconic American image of rescue. One of the great popular and critical successes of the artist’s career, The Life Line anchors a selection of more than 50 works that celebrate modern heroism and the thrill of unexpected intimacy between strangers thrown together by disaster.
Arranged by theme, Shipwreck!includes paintings, etchings, engravings, sketches and ceramics encompassing all manner of disastrous marine scenarios and ranging in date from a 1640 painting by Bonaventura Peeters (Flemish, active Antwerp, 1614 - 1652) to Homer’s final exploration of the rescue theme in the 1890s.
The exhibition is made possible by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts. Additional support is provided in part by the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Funding for the catalogue publication is generously provided by the Davenport Family Foundation and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.Curator: Kathleen A. Foster, The Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, and Director, Center for American Art
Location: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Exhibition Gallery Press Images
Dancing Around the Bride: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Marcel Duchamp
October 30, 2012–January 21, 2013This exhibition is the first to explore the legacy of Marcel Duchamp (American, born France, 1887–1968) in relation to four exceptional American artists: composer John Cage (1912–1992), choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919–2009), and visual artists Jasper Johns (born 1930) and Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008). Inviting the audience to experience the interwoven art and lives of these artists, Dancing around the Bride highlights key moments of creative exchange among them, such as Rauschenberg and John’s 1958 visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1915–23), one of the Museum’s masterpieces and the source for this exhibition’s title. With more than 80 paintings, stage sets, musical notations, and sculptures, the exhibition presents seven decades of innovative work in a space animated by choreographed sequences of sound and projected images, punctuated by music and dance performances. The first full examination of the ways in which Duchamp figured prominently as a kindred spirit for Cage, Cunningham, Johns, and Rauschenberg, the exhibition reveals the profound effects of these artists on one another and on the reinvention of art itself in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The exhibition is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Dedalus Foundation. Curator: Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Erica F. Battle, Project Curatorial Assistant, Modern and Contemporary Art
Location: Dorrance Galleries Press Images
“Great and Mighty Things”: Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection
Spring 2013Featuring over 200 works dating from the 1930s to 2010 by 27 self-taught American artists including William Edmondson, Howard Finster, Elijah Pierce, Martín Ramírez, and Bill Traylor, this exhibition seeks to further the dialogue concerning the intersection of outsider art with mainstream modern and contemporary art. Outsider artists—untrained individuals who employ unusual materials and methods to create their art independently of familiar styles, trends, or movements—rarely have the advantages of money, education, or art-school training. Instead, the inventive, everyday quality and the storytelling aspects of their artworks are fueled by their own personal narratives as well as the embrace of popular culture. Many of the artists represented in the exhibition base their compositions on ephemera such as advertisements, comics, magazine illustrations, and product packaging, while utilizing a variety of found materials including roofing tin, tree roots or branches, collaged printed papers, soot mixed with spit, chicken bones, and small plastic objects.
Over the past three decades, Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz—the latter a member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees and of its Committee on Modern and Contemporary Art—have assembled one of the finest private collections of American outsider art in private hands in the United States. Their promised gift to the Museum establishes the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a major center for the study of these artists.The exhibition is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Dedalus Foundation. Curator: Ann Percy, Curator of Drawings
Location: Dorrance Galleries Press Images
Barbara Chase-Riboud: Malcom X
Spring/Summer 2013Uniting over 40 works from the United States and Europe, this exhibition examines the artistic career of Barbara Chase-Riboud (American, born 1939) with 30 works on paper and 10 sculptures, five of which are from the artist’s Malcolm X series, including the Museum’s Malcolm X #3 (1970). Chase-Riboud conceived the idea for the first Malcolm X in 1970 while in Paris, where she moved in 1961 after completing a graduate degree in architecture at Yale University. Abstract sculptures that combine cast bronze with wrapped skeins of silk and wool, these works harmonize contradictory associations, combining the vertical and horizontal, mineral and organic, male and female, fine art and craft, heavy and light, rigid and supple. The artist forges a provocative view of identity in the tradition of post-World War II existentialism, while also alluding to her artistic and political experiences in North Africa and China.
Raised in Philadelphia and educated at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Chase-Riboud now lives in Paris and Rome. She is both a visual artist and an award-winning writer and poet, known for her 1979 historical novel Sally Hemings.Curator: Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art; and John Vick, Exhibition Assistant in Modern and Contemporary Art
Location: Gallery 172 and Alter Gallery 176 Press Images
Fernand Léger and the Modern City
2013This exhibition casts a new light on Fernand Léger’s 1919 painting The City, a cornerstone of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection and one of the artist’s most important works. The painting inaugurated for the French artist an intense experimental period that lasted through the mid-1920s, during which he redefined the practice of painting by confronting it with forms of cultural production central to the public life of the modern city, such as graphic and advertising design, theater, film, and architecture. With over one hundred works, including loans from American and European public and private collections, the exhibition centers a group of Léger’s paintings around The City within the context of the artist’s production in film and theater design, graphic design, and mural design, as well as works in various media by avant-garde artists in his network of friends and collaborators. While many of his colleagues abandoned painting in favor of merging art with modern life, Léger instead developed a profoundly reciprocal relationship between his ongoing pursuit of painting and his exploration of artistic practices beyond the easel. By demonstrating these intimate links, this exhibition makes clear that Léger’s masterworks in painting were tied to his desire to engage more directly with new urban spaces, experiences, and audiences. Curator: Anna Vallye, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art
Location: Dorrance Galleries Press Images
Collab: Four Decades of Giving Modern and Contemporary Design
Through Fall 2012Showcasing over 60 works of modern and contemporary design acquired through the generosity of Collab, this exhibition features outstanding examples of 20th- and 21st- century furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting and functional objects. It commemorates the 40th anniversary of Collab, a collaboration of design professionals and enthusiasts founded in 1971 to support the development of the modern and contemporary design collection at the Museum through acquisitions, special exhibitions, and programming, and includes important works by leading designers such as Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Ettore Sottsass, Jr., Philippe Starck and others. This exhibition was made possible by Lisa S. Roberts and David W. Seltzer. Curator: Diane Minnite, Collections and Research Assistant, European Decorative Arts after 1700
Location: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Collab Gallery Press Images
Isamu Noguchi at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden occupies a one-acre site built into the slope near the Museum’s West Entrance facing Kelly Drive and bordered by the Azalea Garden. The garden is open to the public during regular Museum hours. The initial installation in the garden consists of five works of varying scale by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). These sculptures, cut from such stone as granite, basalt, and Monazuru, are at once modern and evocative of the natural landscape. All of the works are on loan from the Noguchi Foundation in New York for two years. The installation is supplemented by additional loans of works by Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Scott Burton, Thomas Schütte and Gordon Gund.
Curators: Carlos Basualdo, The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Curator of Contemporary Art and Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art Location: The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden