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November 18th, 1996
William Wegman And David Wiesner Will Host Museum

The young and young at heart are invited to attend a special Book Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, November 24, 1996. The Book Day will feature booksignings by noted photographer William Wegman (perhaps best known for a series of children's books illustrated with amusing vignettes "starring" his posed, stoic-looking dogs), and locally-based, nationally-acclaimed children's author/illustrator David Wiesner (renowned for such family classics as Tuesday, Hurricane and Night of the Gargoyles).

Book Day at the Museum will also include family tours, a children's hands-on workshop, and two performances of Multicultural Story Salad, prepared by the "chefs" of Maximillion Productions. The performances ($1 for Members, $2 for non-Members) incorporate eight children's books from around the world. The 12:30 p.m. performance will be interpreted in sign language. All books highlighted during the day will be available in the Museum Store.

A schedule of events is listed below. For additional information, call (215) 684-7605.

  • 10:00-4:00 Self-guided activity sheets: Stories in Art
  • 10:30-2:00 Make-and-Take Workshop: Bookmaking
  • 10:30 & 12:30 Performance: Multicultural Story Salad
  • 11:30-12:30 William Wegman booksigning
  • 12:00-2:30 Drawing Together
  • 1:30-2:30 David Wiesner booksigning
  • 1:30 & 2:30 Storytelling in the Galleries

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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