’Tis the season to go shopping, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art has assembled an assortment of unusual gifts that are perfect for those with an artful eye who are searching for something unexpected to wrap up for their families and friends. Below, a sampling of the gifts available from the Museum during the ’08 holiday season.
Members enjoy 52 weeks of free admission to the Museum, the Perelman Building and the Rodin Museum, along with Fairmount Park’s historic houses Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. Members also receive discounts in the Museum Store, Restaurant and Café, and on audio tours, concerts, classes and parking. During 2009, members receive free tickets to Cézanne and Beyond— the major exhibition opening February 26 — along with access to exclusive Members Previews.
Memberships range in price from Individual ($65) to Patron ($1,000), with many options in between. The popular “Membership in a Box” features a membership and Museum coffee mug packaged in a gift box. For more information on Museum memberships or to order one, call 215-684-7840 or visit philamuseum.org/membership.
Cézanne and Beyond Tickets
Recipients of what might become the hottest ticket in town this spring, Cézanne and Beyond (on view February 26 – May 17), will enjoy the full panorama of some 150 works, including 60 paintings, watercolors and drawings by Cézanne (1839 – 1906) and those of 16 later artists for whom Cézanne has been an inspiration. Tickets to the exhibition also provide general admission to the rest of the Museum’s vast offerings.
Gift tickets for Cezanne and Beyond are available for $27, and are redeemed by the recipient for a date and time. Tickets include an exhibition audio tour and general admission to the Museum, as well as all applicable service fees. Gift tickets may be purchased by phone (215) 235-SHOW (7469) or in-person at the Museum.
A is for Art Museum
Penned by a pair of Museum educators, the colorful ABC-book A is for Art Museum is becoming a fast favorite with little art lovers and their families (ISBN 978-0-87633-203-0). Over the course of 67 colorful pages, children can practice ABCs while discovering some of the Museum’s outstanding works of art — ranging from beloved favorites such as Edgar Degas’s bronze sculpture of a 14-year-old ballet dancer (“D is for Dancer”) to Takashi Murakami’s bright Anime-inspired cartoon creature (“Y is for Yellow”). Each image is accompanied by questions designed to get children thinking and talking about what they see.
Frank Gehry On Line
Architect Frank O. Gehry’s buildings — including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and even his home in Santa Monica — draw thousands of tourists annually, and in 2006, the Museum selected him as the architect for its master plan expansion and renovation. Written by Esther da Costa Meyer, Princeton University’s associate professor of art and archaeology, Frank Gehry On Line looks at Gehry’s work and contributions to the art of architectural draftsmanship. The paperback is playfully housed in a cardboard box case, evocative of Gehry’s cardboard furniture currently on view in Frank O. Gehry: Design Process and the Lewis House (through April 5, 2009).
Timely Artist Baseballs
A homerun for baseball fanatics and art aficionados alike, the Museum’s signature baseballs — Philly All Star and All Star Artists — help keep the celebration alive after the Phillies’ World Series win. Designed by Lisa Roberts, the Philly All Star baseball reproduces the autographs of city luminaries including Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and Benjamin Franklin; the Artists’ All Stars baseball represents an international league and includes the signatures of standouts such as Henri Rousseau, Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet and Benjamin West.
Tea Kettle by Michael Graves
Tea and hot chocolate junkies will let out a whistle for this elegant Alessi tea kettle, designed by internationally known architect and Princeton professor Michael Graves. First introduced in 1985, the kettle has become one of the most successful products associated with postmodernism. A red molded-plastic bird lets out a steamy whistle when its contents reach the boiling point, and a blue plastic grip offers a safe and eye-catching alternative to potholders.
Cézanne and Beyond Jewelry
These wearable works of art were created exclusively for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and celebrate the upcoming Cézanne and Beyond exhibition. Each piece of jewelry is adapted from an image found in one of Cézanne’s paintings. This striking line includes gold and garnet earrings from Madame Cézanne in a Red Chair, a ginger jar pendent from Still Life with Apples and a key ring bath from The Bathers, among others.