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December 30, 2016

March 1-May 14, 2017

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the most comprehensive loan exhibition in over forty years devoted to the most important chapter in the history of watercolor painting in this country. American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent will bring together more than 170 works—many of them acknowledged masterpieces of this difficult, yet rewarding medium—drawn from public and private collections throughout the country. Tracing the development of the watercolor movement from its passionate embrace by a small, but dedicated group of painters in the1860s to the flowering of Modernism, this sweeping survey will examine the remarkable transformation of the medium that occurred in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is cent...
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-...

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January 17, 2017

On Friday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m., the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Bearded Ladies will honor Color Me Barbra, Barbra Streisand’s celebrated CBS television special, filmed at the Museum more than 50 years ago. The cabaret troupe will pay homage to Streisand in a premiere of Color Me Bearded, a spirited performance that echoes and updates Streisand’s original in a musically-inspired, queer-themed walking tour through the galleries.

Visitors will follow a “Bearded Barbra” into the European galleries, encountering a variety of performers along the way. They will stop at some of the same works of art which had captivated Streisand in the special, including The Large Bathers (1918...

January 13, 2017

Starting this month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will embark on a new lineup for Friday evening programs. The first three Fridays of the month will be dedicated to live music and the last Friday of every month will be a louder and livelier night of themed activities and performances throughout the Museum, still starting at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 8:45 p.m.

Friday, January 27 is themed “Divas & Queens.” Visitors can experience a “de-tour” led by burlesque performer Kate Nyx, who will guide them through the collection focusing on the history of burlesque and the representation of the body in art. Two in-gallery performances by The Bearded Ladies, Philadelphia’s premiere cabaret troupe will pay tribute to Barbra Streisand and the fiftieth anniversary of her memorable performan...

November 4, 2016

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the acquisition of five major sculptures by Cy Twombly, one of the foremost American artists of the 20th century. This generous gift of the Cy Twombly Foundation will make these works, which were initially selected for exhibition at the Museum in 2011 by the artist himself, a permanent part of the Museum’s collection.

These bronzes including Untitled, Rome, 1980; Rotalla, Zurich, 1990; Untitled, Rome, 1997; Victory, conceived 1987, cast 2005; and Anabasis (Bronze), 2011, were chosen by Twombly because they complemented his masterful Fifty Days at Iliam, 1978, a suite of 10 monumental canvases that the Museum acquired in 1989. Varied in size and shape, with richly textured surfaces, thes...
November 1, 2016

A new exhibition, Design Currents, opening this month at the Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases the work of three international designers under the age of 40 who are charting new territories in product, furniture, and environment design. It brings together the work of Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, and Zanini de Zanine to examine the new approaches they have taken to the use of traditional craft techniques, materials, and the important question of sustainability. Each is represented by a diverse selection of works that span their still brief, but productive careers, including furniture, lighting, products, and textiles. On November 18, Sato, Toogood, and de Zanine will receive the first Design Excellence: New Generation Award presented by Collab, the Museum’s affiliate group for m...

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