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May 13, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting the first retrospective museum exhibition in the United States to focus on Francis Kéré, a Berlin-based architect and native of Burkina Faso who integrates Western design and engineering practice with local craft skills and construction traditions to create innovative and sustainable buildings around the world. The Architecture of Francis Kéré: Building for Community explores his innovative work, ranging from school projects, health centers, and residential structures in Western Africa to a Camper collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. It examines the origins and breadth of his practice and features a site-specific installation commissioned specially for the exhibition.

Kéré holds a unique position in the fiel...

May 13, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates West and Central African fashion and culture in an exhibition exploring the classic and contemporary looks of Vlisco, the oldest international textile brand that specializes in Dutch wax fabrics. From the earliest designs and most recognizable patterns, continuing through a selection of iconic styles that have been re-interpreted in a contemporary way, the exhibition will highlight a selection of the thousands of patterns Vlisco has produced for the African and diaspora markets.

Dilys Blum, The Museum’s Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles and organizer of this exhibition, said: “The wax-printed fabrics long associated with Central and West Africa have a surprising history that is truly global. Many ...

May 13, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition dedicated to several important photographers, little-known in the United States, who make African cities their subjects. Three Photographers/Six Cities takes an in-depth look at the work of artists Akinbode Akinbiyi (Nigerian, born in England), Seydou Camara (Malian), and Ananias Léki Dago (Ivorian). Each has produced powerful series of images that portray African places in the midst of change or on the cusp of it. While their approaches vary, they are united by their concern for documentation and an intense layering of the past and present within their works.

Peter Barberie, the Museum’s Brodsky Curator of Photographs, said: “I brought the work of these three together because as a group they compel us to think...

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May 13, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition exploring the time-honored techniques used to create patterns in traditional Central and West African textiles. Threads of Tradition focuses on techniques such as strip-weaving, resist-dying, appliqué, and embroidery through a display of extraordinary objects ranging from skirts, robes, trousers, and ceremonial belts, revealing the beauty, richness, and variety of traditional African textiles that exemplify the spirit of creative Africa.

The most recognized of all African fabrics, kente, is widely known for its vivid colors arranged in visually compelling patterns, and is a potent symbol of African heritage. The exhibition will explore the labor-intensive techniques used to make kente cloth, by showing strip woven t...

May 13, 2016

This spring the Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting five exhibitions and a series of related programs that feature a broad spectrum of the arts from across the African continent. These exhibitions will include historical works of art as well as contemporary fashion, photography, design, and architecture. The centerpiece is Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art, a major exhibition drawn from the collection of the Penn Museum, on view from May 14 through December 4, 2016. It examines the rich artistic heritage of West and Central Africa, and is designed to acquaint visitors with the diverse styles and functions of African art through the act of close looking.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, Philadelphia Museum of Art, notes: “This season ...

April 5, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is launching the 2016 season of Inside Out, a major arts initiative that brings high-quality reproductions of Museum masterpieces into communities throughout the city and region.

From April 6 through July, residents of Old City and Tacony in Philadelphia, and Coatesville, Doylestown, Lansdowne, and Narberth will discover outdoor art installations of Museum masterpieces popping up in their communities. This is the second year the Museum has participated in the program, having brought Inside Out to towns across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties last year.

Timothy Rub, The Museum’s George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Th...

March 25, 2016

This exhibition presents some of the most highly experimental prints that convey the breadth and vitality of artistic innovation in the United States during the period. Embracing the ways in which American artists brought the practice of printmaking to new heights, the selection ranges from color prints published by the Works Progress Administration (1935-43) to the technically advanced prints produced at independent workshops in the late 1950s and early 1960s, highlighting work that unites technical craft with creative expression. Unparalleled examples of craftsmanship by Anni Albers, Harry Bertoia, Mary Callery, Antonio Frasconi, Stanley William Hayter, Sue Fuller, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg will be on view.

A key influence on printmaking in the United States was t...



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