Contemporary Art on Paper from Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud
Korman Galleries 121–123
This installation highlights the contributions of the late Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, whose generosity had a transformative effect on the Museum’s collection of contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs. Best known as the founding director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Kippy was also a longtime trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
El Greco: In Focus
Gallery 273, second floor
This installation offers the opportunity for us to focus closely on four pictures by El Greco and reassess them based on new research. Although this scrutiny often leads to more questions than answers, it represents a step forward in understanding these remarkable paintings.
The Cadwaladers of Philadelphia: Portraits of a Family
Galleries 286 & 287, second floor
These galleries showcase portraits of the Cadwalader family, whose activities and accomplishments were deeply intertwined with the history of both Philadelphia and the nation during the 1700s and 1800s. View more objects in these galleries>>
Photographs from the Collection
Honickman Gallery, ground floor
In order to share some of the pleasures we enjoy as the collection’s stewards, we selected notable photographs that have rarely been exhibited, exciting recent acquisitions, and objects that—we hope—communicate the thrill of discovering something unexpected inside a tidy museum storage box. View more objects in the gallery>>
Auspicious Symbols in Japanese Art
Galleries 241–243, second floor
Uncover how Japanese artists have used auspicious symbols such as the dragon, the tiger, and the phoenix in their work to express wishes of longevity, prosperity, and happiness. View more objects in the gallery>>
McNeil American Presidential China Gallery 106, first floor
Examine a rare collection of presidential tablewares, including a Chinese ginger jar once owned by George Washington, a plate used by the Roosevelts at their family home in Hyde Park, and a cup and saucer purchased during the Reagan administration for use aboard Air Force One. View more objects in the gallery>>
Drawing Room from a New York Town House
Gallery 265, second floor
Explore this luxurious space, which stands as a rare document of life during the Gilded Age. Originally installed in the New York town house of heiress Eleanore Elkins Rice in the 1920s, this elegant gallery features a distinguished collection of French furniture, porcelain, and textiles of the 1700s. It is the only historic interior in the Museum’s collection with its original furnishings. View more objects in the gallery>>
Philadelphia Still Life
Gallery 108, first floor
The hustle and bustle of city life never discouraged Philadelphia artists from capturing moments of stillness. This city was in fact pivotal to the development of American still-life painting. In this concise installation, explore the variety of Philadelphia still-life painting as well as its national and international resonances.
Modern American Landscapes
Gallery 50, ground floor
The American landscape provided a bounty of inspiration to modern artists working in the US during the first half of the twentieth century. Uncover how these artists used innovative styles—including Cubism, Expressionism, and Abstraction—to convey their visions of America. View more objects in the gallery >>
Gallery 49, ground floor
The Mexican Revolution of 1910–20 prompted a national artistic renaissance. Although the murals of Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco are among the best-known Mexican images from this period, modern Mexican art was much broader in scope and complexity. Explore more about this dynamic period in this installation and in the upcoming major exhibition Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, organized by the Museum in partnership with Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. View more objects in the gallery>>
Chinese Reception Hall
Gallery 226, second floor
Behold treasures from the Ming and Qing dynasties within our magnificent Chinese reception hall. Featuring a soaring thirty-foot ceiling supported by red-lacquered columns and carved brackets, this grand space was once part of a Beijing palace. View more objects in the gallery >>
At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Gallery 119, first floor
Explore innovative examples of contemporary craft by fiber artist Ted Hallman and ceramist Robert Winokur. Drawn from the Museum’s collection and accompanied by a selection of loans, this installation showcases the artists’ ingenuity, virtuosity, and impact on the field.
The Little White Dress: The Allure of Classic Style
Gallery 271, second floor
Today’s revival of the white dress on fashion runways and red carpets demonstrates the enduring appeal of this simple and versatile style. White dresses inspired by classical Greece and Rome were fashionable by the late 1700s, and were often depicted on vases, textiles, and fans in the 1800s. Their return to popularity in the early 1900s and the current vogue both testify to the allure of this perennial favorite.
South Asian Art: Timeless Treasures, New Visions
Gallery 48, ground floor
Enjoy this selection of masterpieces from our celebrated collection of South Asian art, which spans thousands of years and a vast geographic area, including India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Nepal. Currently, the Museum is in the process of transforming its South Asian galleries to offer you fresh opportunities to encounter, experience, and enjoy art from one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world.