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November 20, 2014

This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition highlighting its exceptional holdings of work by African American artists. Reflecting a broad range of stories, subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions, Represent: 200 Years of African American Art will include works by Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, and many others. The presentation of this exhibition also marks the publication of a new catalogue highlighting the Museum’s collection of African American art.

Timothy Rub, the Museum’s George D. Widener Director and CEO, stated: “In telling a story that spans two centuries, we recognize not only a great many important artists and their work, but also the dramatic shifts that have occurred in African ...

November 14, 2014

Collab’s 22nd Annual Student Design Competition awards will be announced on Monday, November 17, 2014, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event is being held in conjunction with the Museum’s Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication exhibition, which explores the story of the family-owned Swiss furniture company and its American roots. The exhibition is on view in the Museum’s Collab Gallery from November 22, 2014 to April 26, 2015.

Winning designs and 30 other exceptional student entries, chosen from more than 70 submissions, will be exhibited in Museum’s Great Stair Hall Balcony from Tuesday, November 18 through Friday, November 21. This year’s competition—titled “diverSITy”—challenged students to create seating that fits into the context of the home and incorpora...

November 3, 2014

November 22, 2014–April 26, 2015
Perelman Building, Collab Gallery

This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Vitra—Design, Architecture, Communication, an exhibition exploring the story of Vitra, the family-owned Swiss furniture company, from its American roots and distinguished design collaborations to its architectural commissions and educational outreach. The exhibition of some 120 works will include furniture, design objects, publications, models, publications, and videos divided into the following sections: American Roots; Communications; Architecture/Sites; Products/ Designers; and Vitra Design Museum, Collections/Archives.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Rolf Fehlbaum, Vitra’s Chairman Emeritus, will be honored by Collab, the gro...

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November 20, 2014

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art
Related Programs

A wide variety of special events and celebratory programs are happening in conjunction with this exhibition.

Art After 5

Pictures at an African American Exhibition and Late Night Dance Party
Friday, January 16, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Free after admission
Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley and inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, presents Pictures at an African American Exhibition. At 8:45 p.m., the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base.

Events & Activities

Represent and Celebrate
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Paid rese...

November 17, 2014

Gail Harrity, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been selected as a 2014 Women of Distinction award recipient. The region’s most dynamic women will be recognized Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vie, a Cescaphe Event Group Venue, 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

Ms. Harrity stated: “I am deeply honored to be among the women selected, and humbled to share the company of such an accomplished group. My belief that strong cultural investment builds vibrant and diverse communities has guided my work at the Museum and public service. I thank the Philadelphia Business Journal and PNC for their support of the Women of Distinction awards. It is important, especially for young professional women, to mark the milestones...

October 22, 2014

These programs are offered in conjunction with the exhibition Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, on view in the Dorrance Galleries, October 21, 2014–January 4, 2015.

Art After 5

Koresh Dance Company
Friday, January 2
5:00–8:45 p.m.
Free after admission
In honor of Paul Strand, the Koresh Dance Company will present a performance based on the work of Martha Graham and Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito, Israeli folk dance, hip hop, and more.

Wednesday Nights

Camera Club Meet and Greet
Wednesday, December 10
5:30–8:00 p.m.
Great Stair Hall and Seminar Room

The Museum welcomes photographers of all ages from local camera clubs and communities to explore ...

October 22, 2014

A major publication edited by Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, with Amanda N. Bock, Project Assistant Curator of Photographs, accompanies the exhibition. It is co-published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press in collaboration with Fundación MAPFRE. This 390-page volume includes 323 color and 31 black-and-white illustrations of works in the exhibition and key related works. It contains two comprehensive essays, a roundtable discussion about the artist, and a complete chronology. This book comprehensively reassesses the artist’s career in light of current scholarship and critical debates about his work. Featuring more than 250 plates, the catalogue includes many of Strand’s iconic early images such as Wall Street and Blind Woman alongside lesser-...

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