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March 9th, 2000
Creative Crosscurrents Explored in Educational Collaboration Between Museum and Temple University

Crosscurrents in the Arts: Music and Painting in the Twentieth Century is a first-ever collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Music Preparatory Division of Temple University. Taught by Caroline Cassells, the Museum's Staff Lecturer in Charge of Academic Affairs, and composer/guitarist Allen Krantz, this six-session course will examine shared influences on the forms and styles of 20th-century visual and performing arts. Slides, recordings and live musical performances will illustrate the presentation.

Course topics include: "Emerging from the 19th Century: Impressionism and Post-Impressionism from Monet and Gauguin to Ravel and Debussy, and the Cult of Wagner"; "Cubism en route to Abstraction: From CJzanne to Picassso, Stravinsky and Neoclassicsm"; "Passion and Power: Expressionism/Abstract-Expressionism from Franz Marc to Rothko; Schoenburg and Bartok"; and "The American Scene: From Hopper to Pollock and Rauschenberg, from Copland to Cage and John Adams, and the Enduring Influence of Jazz." Two sessions will meet in the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Crosscurrents in the Arts: Music and Painting in the Twentieth Century will be presented in six consecutive sessions on Wednesdays from April 5 through May 10 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.; and again from May 17 through June 21 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For registration and other information, call the Music Preparatory Division of Temple University at (215) 204-1512.

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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