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October 20, 2016

Constance H. Williams, Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees since 2010, today announced the Board’s unanimous and enthusiastic election of Leslie Anne Miller as her successor in this position. The Board’s action at its October meeting completes an important transition in its volunteer leadership that ensures the continuity of its mission and allows for sustained growth. The Board also unanimously voted to designate Ms. Williams as Chair Emerita. She now joins previous Chairs Raymond G. Perelman and H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who were also honored with this title.

Ms. Williams, who will remain active as a Trustee, stated: “It has been my great privilege to serve as Board Chair during a time of great transformation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Over the past six years, w...
September 14, 2016

Press Preview: September 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

On October 2 the Philadelphia Museum of Art is reopening its galleries of South Asian art following a comprehensive renovation. Dedicated to one of the most significant collections of its kind in this country, these newly reinstalled galleries offer visitors an aesthetic and cultural experience that reveals the richness and diversity of artistic expression across India, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Among the works displayed are centuries-old sculptures of the Buddhist Lord of Compassion from India and Thailand, an elaborately carved and painted wood Tibetan altarpiece, and a rare 18th century Sufi manuscript, Gulshan-i-Ishq (Rose Garden of Love), juxtaposed with a contemporary site-...

July 28, 2016

September 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an ambitious new project this fall by Bruce Nauman, one of the most radical and revered artists of our time. Since the 1960s, Nauman’s work has questioned the very nature of what constitutes art and being an artist, probed the possibilities of the body as subject and tool for performance, and explored the relationship between language and meaning. A pioneer of performance art, durational practices, and time-based media, Nauman has established a conceptually rigorous approach across sculpture, sound, installation, film, and video that continues to inspire younger generations of artists working in these forms today.

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “Part of...

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October 3, 2016

On November 13, 2016, Jitish Kallat: Covering Letter, an immersive installation by one of India’s leading contemporary artists, will open at the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The presentation of Covering Letter celebrates a recent gift to the Museum from trustee Ajay Raju and is the premiere of this work in the United States. It will remain on view until March 5, 2017.

Covering Letter fills an entire gallery with a video projection onto a curtain of mist created by a ceiling-mounted fog machine. It features Mahatma Gandhi’s historical letter written to Adolf Hitler on July 23, 1939, just weeks before the start of World War II. In the spirit of Gandhi’s doctrine of universal friendship, his letter begins with the salu...
August 26, 2016

National Design Award-winner to visit Philadelphia Museum of Art, CHAD, and Roche Bobois in October

Stephen Burks

Designer Stephen Burks will take part in a three-event celebration of his achievements during DesignPhiladelphia in October 2016. Burks will conduct a workshop with students at the Charter High School for Architecture + Design, present an illustrated lecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and exhibit his recent work at Roche Bobois’ Old City showroom. The events are organized by Collab, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s friends group supporting modern and contemporary design; the Center for Architecture and Design; Stephen Burks Man Made; and luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois.

Burks first collaborated with Roche Bobois in 2...
August 18, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents an exhibition showcasing a remarkable set of early nineteenth-century painted and gilded furniture that profoundly influenced American art and design. The display of this ensemble, made in Philadelphia in 1808 by British architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe for the fashionable house of William and Mary Wilcocks Waln, celebrates the completion of a period of extensive study and conservation treatment of these works. Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House offers new perspectives on the makers, the patrons, and the furniture’s original appearance, revealing Latrobe’s bold vision and illuminating the extraordinary history of these treasured works of art.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director...

August 2, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, continues its 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 August 3 through November 1, residents of Brewerytown in Philadelphia, Bristol, Conshohocken, Jenkintown, Phoenixville, and Upper Darby 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.


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