December 31st, 2010
Roberto Capucci, a master of color, form, and innovative silhouettes, was one of the founders of modern Italian fashion in the early 1950s. Today, after six decades of creative achievement, he remains one of Italy’s most influential and imaginative artist-couturiers. Capucci (b. 1930) captured the attention of the international press at an early age, drawing praise from designers such as Christian Dior when he was still a teenager. His work has appealed to Italian aristocrats like the noblewoman Maria Pace Odescalchi, Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, whom he helped project to fame, and American actresses Marilyn Monroe, Esther Williams, and Gloria Swanson. Today, Capucci fascinates and inspires contemporary designers such as Ralph Rucci, who admires Capucci’s dedication to the purity of his art. Covering his couture designs from the 1950s to his recent sculptures, Roberto Capucci: Art into Fashion (March 16 – June 5, 2011) is the first major survey of his work in the United States. It is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fondazione Roberto Capucci in Florence and will be seen only in Philadelphia.
December 21st, 2010
November 18th, 2010
The Museum will become the world’s most important center for the study of one of the great modern photographers
November 16th, 2010
Special offerings from the Museum Store
November 9th, 2010
Museum Announces Groundbreaking for New Art Handling Facility, Building Momentum for its Master Plan for Growth
The Philadelphia Museum of Art today will break ground on an approximately 68,000 square foot Art Handling Facility which represents a major step forward in the implementation of the Museum’s Master Plan. Designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry as part of his brief for the Museum’s expansion, the $81 million Art Handling Facility will provide much-needed improvements to the back-of-house areas that are critical to the care, storage, and movement of the works of art in the Museum’s world-renowned collection.
November 8th, 2010
Inspired by the publication of Art Museum Opposites, a new picture book published by the Museum’s Education department, families are invited to explore the theme of opposites all over the Museum with music, dance and art-making activities at the Every Family Party on November 13, 2010.
October 13th, 2010
Working primarily in and around the small Pennsylvania cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, American street photographer Mark Cohen (b. 1943) photographs people and places encountered at random. In the 1970s he distinguished himself from older peers such as Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander by pushing aspects of street photography to extremes, producing pictures with little evident meaning and jarring compositions, such as faces or bodies only partly included in the picture frame. This exhibition of nearly 70 black-and-white and color photographs made during the past 40 years reveals elemental aspects of human behavior and urban life. Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence is on view October 23, 2010 through February 2011 in the Levy Gallery of the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
October 7th, 2010
Senior Curator Joseph J. Rishel is Appointed Samuel H. Kress Professor, National Gallery of Art, 2010-2011 Academic Year
October 4th, 2010
Alessi, the world-renowned manufacturer of design household objects is especially admired for its long history of collaboration with leading architects and designers, marrying utilitarian form with artistic innovation and bringing creativity into the lives of countless people around the world.
October 1st, 2010
The Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes an eclectic mix of international performers and jazz artists for the fall season of Art After 5 in the Museum’s Great Hall Stair. Each Friday evening the space becomes a lively, festive concert hall. This season also marks the culinary debut of Stephen STARR Events, the Museum’s exclusive new caterer, which turns out distinctive appetizers and signature cocktails for guests to enjoy.
September 21st, 2010
Museum Announces Appointment of Alice Beamesderfer as Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions
Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, announced today the appointment of Alice Beamesderfer as Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions, the Museum’s chief administrator for all activities related to the care, development, and documentation of the collection. She will also work closely with the director, planning and coordinating installations and developing and implementing the Museum’s program of long-term and temporary exhibitions. In addition, she will supervise the departments responsible for Special Exhibitions, Installations and Packing, Registration, Photography, and Provenance Research, and work closely with the Museum’s curators and conservators on all collections-related matters.
September 16th, 2010
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September 10th, 2010
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a lively group of young professionals and art enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the 19th-annual Rodin Garden Party, scheduled for Friday, September 10, 2010, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The event is traditionally held at the Rodin Museum, but has been moved this year to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building while the Rodin Museum undergoes exterior renovation. 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 Atrium. 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.
September 1st, 2010
Isolated by the ruling Tokugawa shogunate from the outside world, Japanese citizens were naturally curious about the Westerners who began to arrive on their shores following Commodore Matthew Perry’s historic voyages to Japan in 1853–1854. This growing fascination led to the flourishing of hundreds of color woodcuts portraying the foreigners who arrived after Japan opened its borders to trade with the United States, France, Britain, the Netherlands and Russia at the end of the 1850s.
August 19th, 2010
For thousands of years, North Africa, a region that comprises the modern nations of Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt, has been a crossroads for trade and the transmission of cultural influences from the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. This exhibition explores the richly diverse artistic heritage of North Africa through the presentation of a group of extraordinary works of the jeweler’s art collected over the course of three decades by Xavier Guerrand-Hermès, of the Paris-based fashion empire. Including 93 pieces of jewelry complemented by 28 late 19th- and early 20th-century images by photographers who were captivated by the allure of North Africa, Desert Jewels (September 4 – December 5, 2010) features ornate necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings, many of which have not been publicly displayed before this exhibition.
August 6th, 2010
In the fall of 2010, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a major exhibition devoted to the work of Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933) in the Dorrance Galleries for Special Exhibitions. Widely recognized as a key figure in the development of Italian art in the 1950s and 1960s and a founding member of the Arte Povera movement, Pistoletto has also gained increasing recognition in this country as an important influence on a younger generation of artists involved with the participatory practices that have become increasingly prevalent in contemporary art during the past two decades. The first major survey of works by Pistoletto in the United States in more than twenty years, this exhibition will place his art in the context of the cultural transformation of Western Europe that occurred after World War II and relate his work to developments in Italian and American art since the 1960s, including Pop Art, Minimalism, Arte Povera and Conceptual Art. Drawn from public and private collections in Europe and the United States, it will include some 100 works, many of which have never been exhibited in this country.
July 18th, 2010
Newly Restored, Eakins's 'The Gross Clinic' to be Centerpiece of Exhibition Shedding New Light on Artist's Original Vision
The Gross Clinic of 1875 is the most renowned work created by the great Philadelphia painter Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) and a landmark in the history of 19th-century American art. In late 2008, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, joint owners of The Gross Clinic, initiated a plan to evaluate the condition of the painting, to research its conservation history, and assess the potential benefits of an effort to clean and restore it. The resulting study of The Gross Clinic and numerous other Eakins paintings made clear the potential of a new conservation treatment that would address the problems caused by an aggressive cleaning of the painting’s surface in the 1920s.
June 29th, 2010
The entire Museum will be open on holiday Mondays, including Monday, July 5, September 6 (Labor Day), and Monday, October 11 (Columbus Day). Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove Park Houses, administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will also be open."http://www.philamuseum.org/parkhouses/"Click here for directions and more information on the Fairmount Park Houses.
June 24th, 2010
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first exhibition to survey the achievement of the great Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) during the last three decades before his death. From June 17 through September 6, some 80 of the artist’s paintings, sculpture, and drawings will be on view, accompanied by a selection of works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, and others who were inspired by the master. A landmark exhibition, Late Renoir examines new directions that the artist explored several decades after he and others such as Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro created the new style of painting known as Impressionism. This new and widely admired phase in Renoir’s career propelled him into the modern age and, at the same time, enabled him to recapture a classical past with expressive brushwork and a palette of sensuous colors that were both lyrical and decorative. Late Renoir includes major works on loan from public and private collections in Europe, the United States, and Japan.
June 22nd, 2010
Museum Selects Stephen Starr to Serve as Executive Caterer and to Create New Museum Cafes and Restaurant
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that it has selected the Philadelphia-based STARR Restaurants Catering Group to be the exclusive caterer for Museum events and to redevelop and operate the Museum’s restaurant and cafes in the main building and Perelman Building.
June 11th, 2010
On Saturday, June 19, 2010, general admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be free all day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and visitors are invited to discover the treasures of more than 200 galleries and 2000 years of achievement.
June 8th, 2010
From sultry to soulful, the moods of summer are evoked by a diverse lineup of musical performers in Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Leading local and international artists in jazz and world music perform in the Great Stair Hall on Friday evenings as the space becomes a lively concert hall complete with specialty cocktails, appetizers, and artisan-style desserts, and spills out to the Museum’s East Terrace, where visitors sip martinis al fresco on the elegant portico overlooking the city.
June 7th, 2010
Governor Edward G. Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined leaders from the city’s cultural and philanthropic communities today to announce the start of work on three major projects to dramatically enhance the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for residents and visitors: streetscape improvements for the 2100 and 2200 blocks, restoration of the Rodin Museum grounds and courtyard garden, and the creation of an entirely new Sister Cities Park.
May 19th, 2010
Exhibition of Korean White Porcelains and Contemporary Photographs by Bohnchang Koo Explores Vision and Continuity
Plain Beauty: Korean White Porcelain/Photographs by Bohnchang Koo
(June 19 – September 26, 2010)
(June 19 – September 26, 2010)
May 13th, 2010
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will offer free admission all day on Tuesday, May 18, in celebration of International Museum Day. Free admission will also be extended to the Museum-administered Park Houses, Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant, as well as the nearby Rodin Museum. Initiated in 1977, International Museum Day was organized by the International Council on Museums (ICOM) as a way of recognizing the vitally important role that museums play in contemporary society and as a means of highlighting their ability to encourage dialogue, promote understanding, and encourage creativity. It is held annually on May 18.
April 27th, 2010
In the latest of its Notation series, which focuses on contemporary works from its permanent collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will pair sculpture from its holdings with selections from the Sonnabend Collection, New York. Notations/Forms of Contingency: New York and Turin, 1960s-1970s, will include important sculptures and installations by 13 artists who figured prominently in the development of both Post-Minimalism and Arte Povera, two of the most significant artistic currents of the late 1960s. Featuring works by Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, Mel Bochner, Alan Sonfist, Bruce Nauman, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Barry Le Va, Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Robert Smithson, Richard Long and Lawrence Weiner, this exhibition in the Museum’s Dennis and Gisela Alter Gallery (176) in the Modern and Contemporary galleries will chart the changing attitudes toward sculpture in this formative time period and document the importance of New York and Turin as centers of artistic innovation.
April 19th, 2010
Live Cinema/Histories in Motion presents a program of animated films by three young artists for whom the moving image and its cinematic qualities have become the prevailing form of expression. Philadelphia-based Jennifer Levonian and Joshua Mosley, along with Martha Colburn, originally from Pennsylvania and based in New York and Amsterdam, employ animation to examine both personal and communal experience. Combining paper cut-outs, collages, drawings, watercolors, and sculptures with stop-action techniques and computer technology, their animated films employ cinematic devices to create stories that reflect a range of experience, from daily interaction to ideological debates. Each artist’s animation and accompanying artworks will be on view for approximately one month.
April 15th, 2010
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has completed a major transition in its volunteer leadership, ensuring the continuity of its mission and affirming its role as one of the most significant cultural institutions in the city and region. Today, after nine extraordinary years of transformational leadership as Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest announced the Board’s unanimous and enthusiastic election of Constance H. Williams as his successor in this position. Mr. Lenfest will remain active as a trustee, joining Raymond G. Perelman as Emeritus Chair. He will also continue as Chair of the Fiske Kimball Society and the Committee on American Art.
Philadelphia, PA (April 15, 2010)--The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced that the popular Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris exhibition will be extended through Sunday, May 2, 2010. The Museum will have extended hours during this time, and the exhibition and select galleries will also be open on Monday, April 19th. Made possible by GlaxoSmithKline and originally scheduled to close on April 25, the exhibition opened on February 24 and will be seen only in Philadelphia. As of today, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris has attracted more than 120,000 visitors from across the United States and around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
April 7th, 2010
Art After 5 will mark a significant milestone in April with the world premiere of an original composition by Wayne Shorter, widely acknowledged to be the greatest living composer of jazz music. Shorter has been hailed for breaking down the barriers between jazz and classical music and creating beautifully complex tunes. He was commissioned to produce a new work based on the Museum’s renowned collection of East Asian art. He will perform the new work on Friday, April 23, with the Shorter Quarter, which includes pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade, with Shorter on tenor and soprano saxophones. Prior to the performance, music journalist Tom Moon will moderate a panel discussion with the Shorter Quarter in the Van Pelt Auditorium from 3:00 – 4:30pm. The discussion is co-presented by the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, which is also underwriting the performance and commission.
April 6th, 2010
The entire Museum will be open on holiday Mondays, including Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day), Monday, September 6 (Labor Day), and Monday, October 11 (Columbus Day). Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove Park Houses, administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will also be open on Monday, January 18. Click here for directions and more information on the Fairmount Park Houses.
March 29th, 2010
March 29, 2010 The Philadelphia Museum of Art today announced the appointment of Kelly M. O’Brien as Executive Director of Development. Ms. O’Brien, who has served as Interim Director of Development since October 2009, has been a member of the staff for the past nine years and during that time has held positions of increasing responsibility, including Major Gifts Officer, Director of Major Gifts, and Director of Individual Giving. Her appointment follows an extensive national search and is effective immediately.
February 26th, 2010
The Platinum Process: Photographs from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century February 27 – May 23, 2010
Posters Made by Delphi After School Art Club Students Installed In Philadelphia March 1 - 14.
February 13th, 2010
Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris February 24 - April 25, 2010
January 22nd, 2010
Museum Presents Installations by Two Contemporary Artists as Part of City-Wide Philagrafika Festival
PHILAGRAFIKA 2010: The Graphic Unconscious― Works by Óscar Muñoz and Tabaimo (January 29 - April 11, 2010)
January 14th, 2010
Art After 5 Welcomes Distinguished Roster of Jazz and International Musicians to the Art Museum Stage
Winter 2010 season announced
January 13th, 2010
Iconic sculpture will be reinstalled outside the Rodin Museum on Wednesday, January 13
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