October 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is presenting the first major retrospective in nearly fifty years to be devoted to Paul Strand (American, 1890–1976), one of the greatest photographers in the history of the medium. It explores the remarkable evolution of Strand’s work spanning six decades, from the breakthrough moment when he brought his art to the brink of abstraction to his broader vision of the place of photography in the modern world. This exhibition examines every aspect of Strand’s work, from his early efforts to establish photography as a major independent art form and his embrace of filmmaking as a powerful medium capable of broad public impact to his masterful extended portraits of people and places that would often take compelling sha...
September 13–November 30, 2014 Honickman and Berman Galleries
This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a survey of works on paper created by Richard Pousette-Dart during his long and productive career. This comprehensive exhibition will reveal him as one of the most inventive draftsmen of the twentieth century, exploring the evolution of his distinctive vision. On loan from the artist’s estate and public and private collections will be sixty-five of Pousette-Dart’s finest works on paper as well as six of his notebooks. These works offer a revealing perspective on the artist’s lifelong, restless exploration of different materials and techniques in an effort to translate spiritual impulses into physical form.
The youngest of the first generation of...
For ten weeks this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will become a place where families can enjoy creative play together every day. Art Splash, now in its second year, will introduce children and adults to the Museum through a wide range of programs. Themed to ten important Museum masterpieces, from Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Eduard Charlemont’s The Moorish Chief to the Japanese teahouse, Art Splash will offer gallery explorations, hands-on studio art making, and performances.
Presented by PNC Arts Alive, Art Splash will begin at Art After 5 on Friday, June 27, with a Family Dance Party from 5:00 until 8:45 p.m. Grammy Award–winning musician Bakithi Kumalo, who has recorded and toured with Paul Simon, presents Keep the Beat!, ...
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
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.
Camera Club Meet and Greet
Wednesday, December 10
Great Stair Hall and Seminar Room
The Museum welcomes photographers of all ages from local camera clubs and communities to explore ...
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-...
To accompany Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography, a wide range of merchandise is available in the exhibition shop. Much of it is inspired by photography and Strand’s abiding preoccupations with travel, nature, and the urban scene. It contains several specially produced items, including coffee mugs ($12.95) illustrated with the artist’s iconic Wall Street (1915) and Fern, Georgetown, Maine (1928). Strand’s late garden study, Lily Leaves, Winter, Orgeval (1974), is reproduced as a 42-inch square silk scarf, bordered in gold, silver, or olive ($98). The shop will once again offer one of its classic T shirts themed to the exhibition ($24).
Much of the jewelry and a number of other ornaments available are also inspired by nature. Real leave...
Jitish Kallat, one of India’s most dynamic contemporary artists and sole curator of its 2014 international biennale, will lecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 19. His talk, Whorled Explorations, will spotlight India’s growing impact on the art world over the past decade and its promising future. Kallat’s timely visit is part of a larger initiative by the Museum to introduce the vibrant and provocative art emerging from South Asia today. Kallat will discuss his collaborative process in organizing the upcoming Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and the fascinating task of merging contemporary art with the historic port city of Kochi (formerly Cochin) in southwestern India. He will also explore how his artistic practice expresses India’s role in a rapidly changing world....
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