This fall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present 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 will explore the remarkable evolution of Strand’s work, from the breakthrough moment in the second decade of the twentieth century when he brought his art to the brink of abstraction to his broader vision of the place of photography in the modern world, which he would develop over the course of a career that spanned six decades. This exhibition will examine 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 shape in the form of printed books and must be considered among his greatest achievements. Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography will celebrate the recent acquisition of more than 3,000 prints from the Paul Strand Archive, which has made the Philadelphia Museum of Art the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of Strand’s work.
The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host its second annual Fall into Art fundraiser in a rousing evening celebration called ARToberfest on Friday, September 19, 2014. Young professionals will enjoy music deejayed by Blue Root Entertainment in a beer garden setting within the Museum’s vaulted walkway, a 640-foot-long passage spanning the width of the main building. Closed since the 1970s, the vast space will offer a rare, behind-the-scenes backdrop to celebrate the programs and works of art funded by the Young Friends
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 Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that it has just completed a yearlong project to restore and regild the monumental sculpture of the goddess Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of the most celebrated works in the Museum’s collection. The Museum’s Department of Conservation undertook the work in the Great Stair Hall, where the copper sculpture, thirteen feet tall, is on view. The project was made possible by a grant from Bank of America through its Global Art Conservation Project.
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.
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 looks, 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.
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. [ Request Press Images ]
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. [ Request Press Images ]
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will open an exhibition exploring the history of flash photography, the development of which opened new directions and had far-reaching implications for journalism, portraiture, documentary and scientific work and street photography.
This spring, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Picasso Prints, an exhibition that focuses on the many ways in which Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, responded to classical antiquity. Works inspired by ancient art, literature, and mythology will be on view, including illustrations of stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, etchings created for the famous Vollard Suite, and the magnificent large-scale etching and engraving entitled Minotauromachy (1935).
On July 1, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will unveil the comprehensive plan that Frank Gehry has created for the renovation and expansion of its home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The exhibition Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art will offer a first look at a design that renews one of Philadelphia’s greatest landmarks [ Request Press Images ]
Art After 5 celebrates spring with an exceptional array of talent, enlivening the Great Stair Hall every Friday evening with performances, gallery tours, cocktails, and tapas. This season’s varied offerings include acclaimed female vocalists inspired by Arabic flamenco jazz and Korean music, evenings of drag cabaret, and family friendly concerts. There’s a chance to screen print Warhol-inspired T-shirts, listen to opera arias, enjoy break dancing, and learn folk songs from around the world. Throughout the evening, visitors can dine on inventive light fare or step into the galleries.
The advent of 3-D printing and its potential impacts on the future of design will be the subjects of the annual spring lecture organized by Collab, the group for modern and contemporary design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., Hod Lipson will discuss Fabricated: The New World of 3-D Printing, his recent book coauthored with Melba Kurman, and share his outlook on dramatic advances that offer the possibility of loading printers with dough, sugar, chocolate, or other edibles to produce design-worthy food. Lipson will also consider the social implications of making such small-scale commodity production tools, previously employed by a select few, available to almost anyone.
Upcoming exhibitions at the Museum include Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, with complementary exhibition Gerlan Jeans <3 Patrick Kelly, as well as Artificial Light: Flash Photography in the Twentieth Century and Picasso Prints: Myths, Minotaurs, and Muses.
Ambassador Sumio Kusaka, Consul General of Japan in New York, today honored Dr. Felice Fischer, The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with one of Japan's most prestigious honors in the world of culture. In a ceremony at the Museum, Dr. Fischer received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold, and Silver Rays, in recognition of her contributions to cultural exchange in the field of art and for deepening the appreciation of Japanese culture in the United States.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first exhibition in the United States in over four decades devoted solely to the photographic work of the acclaimed Canadian artist Michael Snow. One of the most influential experimental filmmakers of his generation, Snow is known and admired for his multidisciplinary approach to art making. Photo-Centric will highlight this important aspect of his practice, exploring the intimate connections that exist between his work in photography, painting, sculpture, and film.
The popular Art After 5 Friday evening series continues to offer live performances in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Some of them will celebrate upcoming exhibitions, while others will reflect a multiplicity of jazz styles and international music, contributing to a globally focused series.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the acquisition of one of the nation’s leading private collections of contemporary art, formed by Keith L. and Katherine Sachs. Ranging in date from the 1950s to the present, the promised gift of 97 works from the Sachs Collection represents a transformational moment for the institution and its collections. It is exceptional for a concentration of works by American masters Jasper Johns and Ellsworth Kelly, a strong focus on major British and German artists, and important works of outdoor sculpture, large-scale photography, and video art. The couple, closely associated with the Museum for decades, has been collecting art with great dedication for more than forty years, and Keith Sachs has been a Trustee since 1988. [ Request Press Images ]
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announces the election of seven new members to its Board of Trustees: Andrea M. Baldeck, Kimberly H. Gray, Anne F. Hamilton, Larry Magid, Bonnie McCausland, Ajay Raju, and Marsha Rothman. Constance H. Williams, Chair of the Board, notes, “We are honored to welcome to the board such talented and dedicated new members. These highly esteemed individuals have a deep commitment to Philadelphia and its arts community, and we look forward to benefiting from their engagement with the Museum and the contributions they will make to the governance of this institution as we consider how to serve the community and the field in new and innovative ways.”
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