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Highlights

Womanâs Ensemble
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Now Through December 7, 2014
This retrospective presents the joyful and colorful fashions of African American designer Patrick Kelly, who took Paris by storm in the 1980s. Inspired by his Mississippi roots, the nightclubs of New York and Paris, Josephine Baker, and celebrated couturiers Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, Kelly infused his bold designs with a sly sense of humor, subverting not only fashion but also racial stereotypes.
Wall Street, New York
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Now Through January 4, 2015
This major retrospective presents the work of a critical figure in the history of modern art, American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890–1976), whose archive of nearly 4,000 prints stands as a cornerstone of the Museum’s collection. It surveys Strand’s entire life’s work, including his breakthrough trials in abstraction and street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, and extended explorations of the American Southwest, Mexico, New England, France, Italy, Scotland, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and Romania.
Lines in Four Directions in Flowers
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Ongoing
In 1981, leading conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) was invited by the Fairmount Park Art Association to propose a public artwork for a site in Fairmount Park. Installed thirty years after its conception, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers is a work of monumental scale, made up of more than 7,000 plantings arranged in strategically configured rows.
Garnet Realm
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Now Through November 30, 2014
Full Circle surveys the long and extremely prolific career of one of the twentieth century’s most creative draftsmen, Richard Pousette-Dart (American, 1916–1992). Focused on his works on paper, the exhibition explores his remarkably varied use of materials and techniques, which often involved layering and scraping, scribbling and dripping, dotting and blotting. Over the course of nearly seventy years, his imagery evolved through various approaches in an attempt “to express the spiritual nature of the universe.”
Womanâs Cigarette Dress
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Now Through December 7, 2014
The legacy of the late African American fashion designer Patrick Kelly (c. 1954–1990) endures in the whimsical street-wear brand Gerlan Jeans. Launched in 2009 by New York–based designer and graphic artist Gerlan Marcel (born 1976), Gerlan Jeans reinterprets Kelly’s signature bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments to create clothes for men and women “who have a sense of fearlessness in the way they dress.”
Wooden Dolls
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Now Through April 26, 2015
The family-owned Swiss company Vitra is one of the most innovative design firms in the world. Renowned for its functional yet inspiring interior designs, furniture, and accessories, it is internationally recognized for its creative partnerships with design visionaries such as Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, and Verner Panton. Its remarkable ensemble of contemporary architecture and strong commitment to education set Vitra apart from other design companies. This exhibition tells Vitra’s story through an immersive presentation of furniture and design objects, models and material studies, drawings, aerial photographs of its campus, and videos.
Victory
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Now Through May 2015
Taking cues from the Dada movement and from the work of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Cy Twombly (American, 1928– 2011) created poetic objects whose serene white surfaces and allusive forms seem to recall remote worlds of myth and the ancient past. After reaching an indisputable maturity in his early sculpture, created from 1946 to 1959, Twombly returned to working in three dimensions in the mid-1970s and continued to cast new works up until his passing in 2011.

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