An installation view of the 1986 exhibition African Sculpture from The University Museum, University of Pennsylvania
Looking Back on African Art: A Partnership of Two Museums
May 13–summer 2016
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Penn Museum are two of the world’s great institutions for the preservation, study, and display of art, and in this city their unique collections coexist in complementary ways. Founded in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art generally shows art from Europe, the Americas, and Asia made during the last two thousand years, up to contemporary art. The Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology or, simply, the University Museum), founded in 1887, has a broader geographic scope with a focus on mostly older material, such as ancient artifacts.
Yet these two museums have consistently found an overlapping interest in traditional art from the African continent. Outside of a small number of sculptures and textiles, the Philadelphia Museum of Art does not have a sizable collection of such works. Instead, over the years it has presented several special exhibitions devoted to the subject, including three—in 1969, 1982, and 1986—of objects borrowed directly from the Penn Museum’s important African collections.
As the Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates another exhibition
of African art organized in cooperation with the Penn Museum, the documents and photographs in these cases look back on the three earlier partnerships between these neighboring institutions and on the informal division that has helped shape their respective collections.
This installation is offered in conjunction with Creative Africa
, a season devoted to African art and design
The Library Reading Room, second floor, Perelman Building
The collection of heraldic stained glass at Ronaele Manor, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania :the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Fitz Eugene Dixon /described by F. Sydney Eden. -- London : Arden Press, 1927.
The Library is creating distinctive digital collections that provide access to its rare materials to support research and education at the Museum, to enhance scholarship worldwide, to increase access to its holdings, and to promote lifelong learning. Digitizing also aids in preservation by reducing the need for handling the originals. Scrapbooks from the Archives; rare art auction catalogs; books and ephemera on European and American decorative arts and arms and armor; and the Museum’s own publications are just some examples of the items that staff are digitizing and making freely available to all on the Internet Archive.
our contributions to the Internet Archive.