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August 7, 2014

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...

June 12, 2014

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!, ...

May 15, 2014

July 1–September 1, 2014

Dorrance Galleries

Philadelphia, PA, May 15, 2014—The Philadelphia Museum of Art has unveiled the comprehensive plan that Frank Gehry has created for the renovation and expansion of its main building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The exhibition Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a first look at a design that renews one of Philadelphia’s greatest landmarks. The plan reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 square feet of exhibition space. The project will ultimately transform the interior of one of the city’s most iconic buildings, enabling the Museum to display much more of its world-renowned collection.

After almost ninety years of use, th...

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July 10, 2014

Saint-Gaudens’s Diana originally crowned the top of the tower of Madison Square Garden in New York City, where it was placed in 1893 to serve as a weather vane. The building was demolished in 1925 and the sculpture was put in storage, its gilded surface severely abraded. In 1932, the sculpture was acquired by the Museum, and over the decades it has become an iconic symbol of the building, occupying a place of honor in its Great Stair Hall.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, said: “Philadelphians have long revered this graceful masterwork for its beauty and monumentality. Today, they can appreciate Diana more fully than they have in the past, glowing once again with a gilt surface, as the artist intended her to be. We thank our exceptional team...

July 2, 2014
April 27–December 7, 2014
Joan Spain Gallery, Perelman Building


Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love is complemented by an exhibition of whimsical streetwear by Gerlan Jeans. Founded in 2009 by New York–based graphic artist and designer Gerlan Marcel (born 1976), Gerlan Jeans reinterprets Kelly’s signature bows, buttons, and other bold embellishments to create clothes that embody the dynamic spirit of a new generation. Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly explores Kelly’s enduring relevance as he inspires a contemporary label whose vibrant sensibility is embraced by style and pop icons such as Beyoncé and Katy Perry.

Marcel discovered Patrick Kelly in 2006, after seeing a spread of the designer’s work in Mao magazine, and instantly connected with Kelly’s joyful spirit and...

July 2, 2014
April 27–December 7, 2014
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Perelman Building

Fashion is celebrated this spring at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the retrospective Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, which explores the meteoric rise and remarkable achievements of a 1980s legend whose clothing was worn by women of every age, from actress Bette Davis, late in her life, to singer Vanessa Williams, then in her twenties.This is the first exhibition to showcase the full scope of Kelly’s head-to-toe runway ensembles, and will include selections from the artist’s significant holdings of black memorabilia, videos of his exuberant fashion shows, and works by renowned photographers Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.

Kelly’s bold and br...

June 16, 2014

The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the return of Thomas Eakins’s The Gross Clinic by making it the centerpiece of a new installation in its galleries of American art. As part of the co-ownership agreement with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the display of Eakins’s masterpiece, which was painted in 1876, rotates between the two institutions every several years. Now back at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this painting is on view in a new installation with other works of art from the collection that reflect the growing cosmopolitan spirit and ambition displayed by Eakins and his contemporaries during the last few decades of the nineteenth century. One of Eakins’s greatest achievements, The Gross Clinic can be seen together with the ar...

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