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April 12, 2016

On Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host Art After Dark, a fundraiser benefiting the Museum’s education and public programs. This year’s theme “Pop Goes the Sixties” is set against the backdrop of the major International Pop exhibition and is punctuated with British décor, food, and music.

Guests will be greeted by 1960s “Mini Cooper” cars and royally-outfitted Queen’s Guardsmen at the West Entrance. In Lenfest Hall, guests will enjoy cocktails with freshly-shucked oysters prepared by Oyster XO, and The Pennsylvania Ballet II will perform a Sixties-inspired “She Loves Me” dance. In the Great Stair Hall, guests can dine in settings inspired by four of London’s groovy neighborhoods. In “Picadilly” guests will enjoy prime rib sliders and ...

March 30, 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 September 25, 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: “Thi...

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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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...

February 5, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today two promotions and a new appointment to key curatorial positions. Jennifer Thompson has been promoted to head the Museum’s Department of European Paintings, succeeding Joseph J. Rishel, who retired in 2015 and is now serving as Curator Emeritus. Jessica Todd Smith, currently Chief Curator of American Art at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, will become Curator of American Art and Manager of the Center for American Art, effective July 1, and Alexandra Kirtley, the Montgomery-Garvan Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, has also been promoted to full curator.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “These appointments reflect the Museum’s dedicatio...

January 19, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Jeffrey N. Blair to the position of General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, effective February 22, 2016. Currently serving as Assistant Secretary and Senior Associate Counsel at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he has been a member of the legal team since 2003, he will succeed Lawrence Berger, who has announced his retirement. In his new role, Mr. Blair will advise the Museum’s Director, President, and Board of Trustees on legal issues of major importance to the Museum’s policies, programs, and operations.

Gail Harrity, the Museum’s President and COO, to whom Mr. Blair will report, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Jeffrey to Philadelphia. He comes with legal experience in the private secto...

November 23, 2015

On Wednesday, November 25, starting at 5:00 p.m, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will kick off its month-long season of holiday programs with a public tree lighting on the East Terrace. Standing 47 feet, five inches tall, and facing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the stately white fir will sparkle with thousands of solar-powered LED lights and Museum windows will be decorated with wreaths. Visitors are invited to enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes, and cookies courtesy of the Museum, and join in the countdown at 5:40 p.m., after which the Haddonfield Madrigal Singers will break into song. Following the carols, visitors can step into the Great Stair Hall, decorated with red amaryllises. Admission is Pay What You Wish on Wednesday evenings, and the galleries will be open, including the speci...

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