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Now Through May 15, 2016
International Pop navigates a fast-paced world packed with bold and thought-provoking imagery, revealing a vibrant cultural period shaped by widespread social and political revolution. This exhibition chronicles Pop art’s emergence as a global movement, migrating from the UK and the US to western and eastern Europe, Latin America, and Japan. Although Pop arose in distinct forms within each region, artists expressed a shared interest in mass media, consumerism, and figuration.
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Now Through January 22, 2017
Explore how Vlisco became one of the most influential textile brands in African fashion and a design inspiration around the world. Known for its bold and colorful patterns, Vlisco creates fabrics that marry tradition with luxury. This exhibition highlights the company’s classic and new designs, follows the creation of a textile, and showcases a selection of contemporary fashions.
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Now Through January 2017
Threads of Tradition focuses on the time-honored techniques used to create patterns in Central and West African textiles. Among the examples on view are complex strip-woven kente cloths made by the Asante and Ewe of Ghana, an impressive resist-dyed display textile (or ndop) from Cameroon, and raffia skirts that the Kuba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo create using piecing, appliqué, and embroidery.
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Now Through fall 2016
Conceived by American artist Joseph Kosuth, this installation includes a selection of his work along with a group of seminal works by Marcel Duchamp from the Museum’s collection. The installation takes as its point of departure Duchamp’s notion of “elementary parallelism,” coined to refer to his pictorial treatment of time and movement in Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), from 1912. This same expression finds concrete resonance in Kosuth’s ‘An Elementary Parallelism’, from 2013, which is the starting point for the installation unfolding across four gallery walls. For Kosuth, the phrase serves as a springboard to investigate the multiple ways in which his work intersects with that of Duchamp.
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Now Through spring 2016
To honor Pope Francis on the occasion of his visit to the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art are pleased to present Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR (1998) on the Museum’s East Terrace. The colorful, six-foot-high sculpture overlooks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, site of the public papal mass that culminated the World Meeting of Families 2015, the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families.
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Now Through May 22, 2016
Selected by artist Joseph Marioni, the paintings in this installation represent a focused survey of his work. At first appearing monochromatic, Marioni’s canvases produce color sensations that shift with changes in light and viewpoint. In fact, each work features several distinct layers of acrylic paint of contrasting colors and intensities. Through unhurried contemplation, we can gain a deeper understanding that color is not a fixed entity, but rather subject to fluctuations of light and our own perception.
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Now Through July 24, 2016
Breaking Ground reveals the variety of ways in which artists in the 1940s and 1950s pushed the boundaries of printmaking. Through a selection of innovative prints as well as ceramics, textile, and sculpture—all drawn from the Museum’s collection—this exhibition conveys the vibrant spirit and extraordinary growth of the arts during these decades.
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Now Through September 25, 2016
This exhibition offers an in-depth look at three photographers who create powerful pictures of African cities: Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Bamako, and Tombouctou. From Akinbode Akinbiyi’s observation of urban centers and Seydou Camara’s examination of Islamic manuscripts to Ananias Léki Dago’s pictures of offbeat locales, the images in this exhibition offer unique perspectives on contemporary African experience.
Now Through November 1, 2016
Inside Out brings large-scale, high-quality replicas of favorite works from the Museum’s collection to neighborhoods throughout the region. Head outdoors and experience beautiful images by Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and others right in your community. Inside Out brings treasures from the collection to you. Picnic in the park alongside Monet’s waterlilies, visit Brancusi’s Kiss on a romantic stroll, or get transported to Paris while brunching with friends on Main Street.

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