The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building
This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Art Splash—a season filled with art, imaginative installations, and creative play. Centered on a retrospective of the work of the renowned Caldecott Medal-winning children's book illustrator Jerry Pinkney, Art Splash will present five enchanting exhibitions of illustration, fashion, photography, and design, each created especially with families in mind. Exciting interactive play spaces, daily hands-on art activities, and special events will combine for an extraordinary summer arts experience for children and their families. These exhibitions will open at various times throughout the spring and early summer. Daily Art Splash family programming begins on June 28.[Request general press images for Art Splash]
Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney
(June 28–September 22)
[Request press images] This exhibition will present a comprehensive look at five decades of work by the celebrated Philadelphia-born illustrator, known for his spellbinding visual narratives that bring to life classic children's literature, African folk tales, and trailblazing explorations of the American story. Over one hundred images—from early designs for record albums, watercolors, and pencil commissions of African American historic sites and subjects to luminous illustrations from his award-winning children's books—trace Pinkney's artistic journey as one of the United States' finest visual storytellers. Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. View Exhibition Page >>
(May 4–November 17)
[Request press images] In this exhibition Philadelphia-based contemporary artist Candy Coated (formerly Candy Depew) will create a distinctively modern and whimsical make-believe setting for selections from the Museum's extensive collection of children's fancy dress costumes. The artist's signature ceramic wall gems, vibrant silk-screened fabrics, and vinyl decals provide a delightful background for a "candy-coated" narrative that features elaborately dressed characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes as well as children's mannequins in the traditional dress of many lands. View Exhibition Page >>
Design for the Modern Child
(May 25–October 14)
[Request press images] Design for the Modern Child will showcase seventy years of innovative international design in toys, furniture, and other objects, many on view for the first time in the United States. Child's play meets the avant-garde in works like Marie-Louise Groot Kormelink's charming Dutch rowhouse wardrobes, Sirch's contemporary-style dollhouse, and Josefine Bentzen and Charlotte Skak's Kitchen Kids, prototypes of Danish kitchen tools for children.
Collab Design Lecture (Sunday, May 19) - Collab presents PennDesign's Orkan Telhan for an illustrated lecture on how children play. More information.View Exhibition Page >>
(June 8–November 10)
[Request press images] Family portrait will look at the many ways photographers portray families and spans the history of the medium, from early daguerreotypes to iconic works by Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand, and contemporary photographs from Collier Schorr and Tina Barney. The centerpiece is a selection of pages from the mid-1850s family album of British amateur photographers Lucy and Charlotte Bridgeman. The album has never before been exhibited and is a highlight of the Museum's photographic holdings. Family portrait received generous support from Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky. View Exhibition Page >>
All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families
(through December 1)
[Request press images] This exhibition draws from the Museum's extensive holdings of adult and child fashions to explore how evolving concepts of childhood shaped garments from the late-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Child-friendly labels and a large drawing table in the gallery encourage young visitors' curiosity and creativity. View Exhibition Page >>
Art Splash Activities
The light-filled atrium of the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building will be the focal point for family-friendly activities and events. Visitors will encounter a fourteen-foot-tall, climbable play structure designed by Australian architects Bennett and Trimble, and local artists will lead family-friendly art workshops in Splash Studio, where families can draw, sketch, and sculpt together, inspired by the work in the adjacent galleries. Daily children's activities will feature gallery explorations, art-themed story hours, and pop-up mini-tours by Museum educators. Each week Art Splash will explore a new theme, from "Forts and Crawly Places" to "Splashy Fashion and Cool Costumes" to "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles." Emily Schreiner, Associate Curator of Education for Family and Community Learning, said, "Art Splash is a new adventure for the Museum in which our curators and educators worked hand in hand to plan a summerlong series that would be an imaginative and educational experience for the whole family. It is an opportunity for families that already know and love the Museum to visit often, and an incentive for those who have not come before to discover all the exciting things that the Museum has to offer." Admission
Admission to Art Splash exhibitions and all programming is free for children under 12, $10 for adults. Public Programs
A full schedule of daily family-friendly programs is available on the Museum's website at philamuseum.org/artsplash.
Art Splash is presented by PNC Arts Alive. Leadership support is provided by Constance and Sankey Williams with additional generous support by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Victory Foundation, Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky, Jane C. Davis, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Mrs. Eugene W. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Thalheimer, other generous individuals and gifts in honor of Carleigh Marie Jones. Cubby House fabrication courtesy of RockTenn. In-kind printing support provided by CRW Graphics.
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Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The exhibition will be closed July 4 and open during normal hours on Labor Day.