In February 2016, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present International Pop, a groundbreaking survey of this important movement that explores Pop Art as a global phenomenon that was shaped by artists working in many different countries throughout the world. The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, assemblage, installation, printmaking, and film by eighty artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, and offers an intriguing new look at a subject that is familiar. Viewing Pop Art through a much wider lens that amplifies a history commonly associated with major American figures like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, it is sure to delight audiences and broaden their understanding of one of the most significant chapters in the history of contemporary art. Organized by the Walker Art Center, this is the first traveling exhibition in the United States to present a comprehensive account of the development of Pop Art during the 1960s and 1970s. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be its final venue and the only East Coast presentation.
This December, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition of rare and masterful drawings created in the workshops of royal Indian courts over the course of four centuries. Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection features a wide range of sketches, preparatory studies, and compositional drawings that vividly depict mythological themes, verdant landscapes and architectural settings, portraits of prominent rulers, and scenes from the lives of Indian nobility. The Museum acquired these important works in 2013, many as a gift, and is presenting the collection in this exhibition for the first time.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting the work of four contemporary photographers whose visions of India blend keen social observation with emotional insight, beauty, and imagination. Picture This: Contemporary Photography and India focuses on Gauri Gill, Sunil Gupta, Max Pinckers, and Pamela Singh. This exhibition features sensitive portraits and self-portraits; landscape photographs dealing with identity, family history, and the notion of a homeland; and a unique body of work mixing a documentary inquiry into love with the fantasy and spectacle of Bollywood film—all on view for the first time in Philadelphia. The artists share a cosmopolitan approach to the world, picturing India from multifaceted perspectives that often blur such categories as “insider” and “outsider.” They are also united by a creative approach to the documentary capacities of the photographic medium.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition celebrating the achievements of a renowned designer and author. Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design encompasses a wide range of innovative work, from book and branding designs to strategies for countries, corporations and universities, as well as collaborations with filmmakers, artists and writers. It is the first exhibition to explore Mau’s provocative and influential design thinking, focusing primarily on the last ten years and including current projects along with others based on his work as creative director of Bruce Mau Design (1985-2010). In conjunction with the exhibition, Collab, the Museum’s friends group for modern and contemporary design, will present Mau with its Design Excellence Award on November 20, 2015.
This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a major exhibition surveying nearly two centuries of the most intimate, intricate, and varied genre of painting practiced in the United States. Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life will explore the nature and development of still-life painting in this country from the days of the early American republic to the emergence of Pop Art in the early 1960s, providing a fresh perspective on the evolution of this genre over time and the various ways in which it has reflected our history and culture. Nearly one hundred artists will be represented, ranging from Philadelphia’s Peale family of painters and masters of trompe l’oeil such as William Michael Harnett to modern masters like Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Roy Lichtenstein.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of woven textiles made by the Zo peoples of South Asia, including works that range from ceremonial tunics and wrap skirts to mantles, capes, blankets, and loincloths. Art of the Zo: Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh features traditional weavings worn for daily life and ceremonial occasions, such as weddings, funerals, and feasts. The exhibition comprises works from the Museum’s collection of costume and textiles, supplemented by gifts and loans from David W. and Barbara G. Fraser, co-authors of Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles from Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh (2005).
To honor His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of his visit to the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art (aPA) are pleased to announce the installation of Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR (1998) on the Museum’s East Terrace, where it will overlook the celebration of the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27, which culminates the World Meeting of Families 2015. AMOR—meaning “love” in both Pope Francis’s native Spanish and the Church’s traditional Latin—will stand at one end of the Parkway facing, at the other end, Indiana’s renowned LOVE sculpture on John F. Kennedy Plaza.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the first in-depth exhibition devoted to Dave Heath, one of the most original photographers to emerge from Philadelphia in the second half of the twentieth century. The exhibition focuses on Heath’s work from the late 1940s through the late 1960s and highlights the artist’s defining achievement, A Dialogue with Solitude (1965), one of the great photography books of that period. This is the first time the book’s complete series of images is shown together in a United States museum.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Nicole K. Allen White as Director of Government and External Affairs, effective immediately. In this position, Mrs. Allen White will advance the Museum’s goals for public support for its programs and build on its relationships with city, state, and federal legislators and officials, as well as community groups. She comes to the Museum from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, where she has served as Director of Policy and Community engagement since 2014. She will report to Gail Harrity, the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. The exhibition focuses on one of the finest works by the great Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Prometheus Bound. This ambitious, large-scale painting, described by the artist himself as “the flower of my stock,” will be presented alongside works by the Renaissance and Baroque masters who inspired Rubens’s dramatic treatment of the eternal torment to which the Titan Prometheus was condemned by Zeus for giving the gift of fire to humanity. These include Michelangelo’s famous drawing of the Titan Tityus, on loan from the British Royal Collection, and Titian’s large canvas depicting the same subject from the collection of the Museo del Prado. Neither work has ever been displayed together with Prometheus Bound by Rubens.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum is collaborating with Locust Moon Publishers on Prometheus Eternal, a new comic book devoted to the central theme of The Wrath of the Gods.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Peterson as its new Director of Development. Currently the Director of Development at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a post that he has held since 2011, Mr. Peterson will become a member of the Museum’s leadership team in late October, assuming responsibility for all of its philanthropic efforts, including the annual fund, individual and institutional giving, and stewardship. He will also work closely with senior staff and trustees on raising funds to enhance the Museum’s endowment, to implement its facilities master plan, and to advance strategic initiatives.
This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents a ground-breaking exhibition examining the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who became known as the Impressionists and the role played by the visionary Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel in their success. Including masterworks by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt, Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting spans the period of 1865 through 1905. The exhibition begins when Durand-Ruel inherited his family’s art gallery and invested in the work of innovative painters such as Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, and Jean-François Millet. It then focuses on the decisive moment when he encountered the new and luminous paintings of the Impressionists that evoked a changing, modern world. It continues through the 1880s, when Durand-Ruel opened markets for the artists’ work in the United States, and the early 20th century, when the artistic genius of the Impressionists finally achieved international renown. It reunites for the first time key paintings from early Impressionist exhibitions, some of which have not been seen in the United States in decades, or ever before. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the exhibition’s only U.S. venue.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer will offer Art Splash, a stimulating program presented through PNC Arts Alive, in which kids and grown-ups can enjoy creative play together. Now in its third year, Art Splash 2015 will feature an exhibition, a large custom-designed studio, hands-on workshops and tours, festivals with performances, and a new mobile application especially designed for families.
This spring, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition dedicated to modern and contemporary design from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design will span the period from 1900 to the present with an emphasis on the mid-twentieth century, when Americans embraced the concept of Scandinavian Modern with growing enthusiasm. The exhibition will highlight the qualities that make the domestic furnishings from these diverse and unique nations distinct. From Viking revival furniture inspired by the discovery of ancient burial grounds to boldly printed fabrics of Marimekko made famous by Jacqueline Kennedy—she wore its dresses during her husband’s presidential campaign—to children’s furniture made for IKEA, the exhibition will feature a full array of inventive works originally conceived for the general consumer.<
Knight Foundation funds national effort to share Museum masterpieces with communities
Imagine encountering Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers along a bike path, or Claude Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny in the middle of a park. Philadelphia-area residents will be able to participate in this experience beginning May 1 when the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, launches Inside Out, an initiative that brings high-quality reproductions of art into communities. From East Passyunk in South Philadelphia, to Haddonfield, New Jersey, to Media, Pennsylvania, neighborhoods will receive up to twelve masterpieces. Works are drawn from the Museum’s vast collection of American, European, Latin American, and South Asian art. Residents can discover and enjoy them in their hometowns daily.
Following the conclusion of a national search, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Kristen A. Regina has been appointed as the new Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives. She succeeds C. Danial Elliott, who recently retired.
This spring the Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of new work by Shelley Spector. The Philadelphia-based artist creates a site specific installation consisting of sculptures from reclaimed wood and textiles, furniture parts and other recycled materials. Some of the free-standing works resemble trees, while others are suspended from the ceiling. Spector’s work explores ways in which basic symbols, motifs, and patterns are recorded in objects, passed from person to person, and transmitted. Embedded in the artist’s work are many allusions to symbols common to Pennsylvania German, Indian and Jewish folk art.
This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a ground-breaking exhibition examining the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who created the style known as Impressionism and the role that the great Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played in their success. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting will include numerous masterpieces by leading figures of this movement such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today several important gifts to its collection. As a bequest from longtime supporter Helen Tyson Madeira are five paintings by French artists, including Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902–6) by Paul Cézanne; Basket of Fruit (1864) by Édouard Manet; Railroad to Dieppe (1886) and Avenue de l’Opéra: Morning Sunshine (1898), both by Camille Pissarro; and Young Girl with Basket (1892) by Berthe Morisot. In addition, two rare early portraits by Marcel Duchamp have been received from Yolande Candel, the daughter of Duchamp’s lifelong friend, Gustave Candel. They depict her grandparents and were painted in Paris in 1911–12.
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