The Civil War in American Art
Gallery 116, first floor
As the nation observes the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, examine this concise selection of artworks made during and after the conflict. Explore how artists recorded events of the war, celebrated its heroes, and lamented its tragedies. In addition, learn how leading artists served in the military or witnessed life on the front as illustrators.
American Impressionists at Home and Abroad
Fernberger Family Gallery 108, first floor
At the end of the 1800s American artists fell under the influence of the French Impressionists. A group of loosely affiliated painters, they captured “impressions” in paint with rapid, spontaneous brushwork and were interested in the visual effects of light, color, and weather. This installation reveals how American artists embraced the new style of painting, and highlights recent gifts from longtime friends of the Museum, Eugene and Marie-Louise Jackson.
Women Printmakers of the Early 20th Century
Korman Gallery 121, first floor
See how women printmakers, such as Peggy Bacon, Mabel Dwight, and Caroline Durieux, used satire to comment on various aspects of contemporary American life. While some poked fun at the amusing behaviors of the middle class, others drew attention to more serious subjects, including widespread poverty, homelessness, and the rise of Fascism.
Gallery 237, second floor
Discover highlights of the Museum’s exceptional collection of Korean ceramics in this newly reinstalled gallery. Unique and exquisite, these porcelain and stoneware creations are among the most important artistic and technical achievements of Korean culture. Marvel at the translucent colors of Korean celadon, the exuberant designs of buncheong pottery, and the elegant forms of plain white porcelain.
Colors of Ink: Korean Ink Painting and Calligraphy
Baldeck Gallery 238, second floor
Behold the versatility of ink and brush techniques in this selection of Korean hanging scrolls and folding screens. In premodern East Asia, compositions produced solely in ink were considered a higher achievement than those done in color. Only the most accomplished scholar-artists could create such works, having first trained for many years to master the art of calligraphy.
Notations: Minimalism in Motion
Alter Gallery 176, first floor
Featuring works by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, and others, this installation presents multiple approaches to Minimalism, a movement that emerged in the US in the early 1960s. Gain a deeper understanding of how Minimalist artists embraced geometric forms and industrial materials and created art intended to be experienced in relation to the viewer in space.
Tradition Reinvented: Italian and American Glass from the Collection of Geraldine Dattilo Jawer and Edward Jawer
Gallery 268, second floor
A Louis XVI interior has been transformed with a presentation of exquisite glass objects by contemporary artists Yoichi Ohira, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, and others. Dramatically lit, this installation showcases how artists have employed traditional glassmaking techniques to craft bold and innovative works.
A Closer Look: Early Netherlandish Painting
Gallery 219, second floor
Explore the magnificent level of detail and artistic skill of early Netherlandish masterpieces from the 1400s, including Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata by Jan van Eyck. One of the Museum’s smallest but most significant paintings, this extraordinary work is the focus of a digital interactive presentation in the gallery.
Gallery 119, first floor
The invention of abstraction was among the most important transformations in art during the last century. In this installation, view how key figures in modern art such as Alexander Calder, Ad Reinhardt, Hans Hofmann, and Josef Albers banished recognizable images in their exuberant paintings, sculptures, and prints.
Chic Shawls from the Early Twentieth Century
Costume and Textiles Study Gallery, Perelman Building
For an elegant woman of the early 1900s, an exquisite shawl was the ultimate fashion statement, ensuring she was both picturesque and chic. The luxuriant curves created by this expressive accessory softened the lean, sculptural lines of late 1910s and 1920s fashions. Explore this gallery and see how the versatile garment can provide an artistic accent, a splash of color, and a touch of the romantic or exotic.
John G. Johnson and British Painting
Gallery 273, second floor
During his lifetime, the esteemed Philadelphia lawyer John G. Johnson (1841–1917) amassed one of the finest holdings of paintings in the United States. This installation focuses on a small but intriguing selection of British landscapes, portraits, and informal sketches from his notable collection, including works by Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Art and Wonder: A Cabinet of Collections
Gallery 257, second floor
In Europe, from the 1500s to the early 1700s, fascination with notable works of art, natural wonders, and objects of scientific ingenuity was explored through the creation of encyclopedic collections. The works in this gallery represent the varied categories of curiosities found in such collections. They also reflect the discoveries in geography, astronomy, and science that took place in this period.
Flowers and Birds, Wind and Moon: Nature’s Presence in Japanese Art and Culture
An attention to and reverence for nature can be found in all aspects of Japanese society. This installation looks at nature’s many manifestations in Japanese art and culture, including painting, religious and social ritual, and poetry, as well as its strong voice in contemporary Japanese art and design.
Reinventing Italy’s Decorative Arts: Velvets and Glass from the Interwar Era
Gallery 271, second floor
Uncover surprising parallels among dramatic velvet capes and glassworks created in Italy in the 1920s and 1930s. Though designers Maria Monaci Gallenga and Vittorio Zecchin and companies Venini S.p.A., Cappellin & C., and Zecchin and Martinuzzi focused on different areas of the decorative arts, their works reveal interesting similarities in color, luminosity, and form. Seeking inspiration from Italy’s past, they developed innovative techniques and produced stunning pieces that would bring them international attention.
Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
Gallery 158, first floor
This installation presents two dramatic paintings by Viennese master Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, who was nearly twenty-eight years his junior. Enjoy a side-by-side presentation of Klimt’s portrait of a young Austrian woman and Schiele’s image of the mythical beauty Danaë, who the elder artist had erotically depicted just two years earlier.