Selections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's growing collection of contemporary works in fiber are exhibited in conjunction with the April 8 symposium, "Discovered Collections: Fiber Art in Museums," organized by the Friends of Fiber Art International.
Close study of drawing materials—pastels, crayons, chalks, pencils, pens, inks and watercolors—lends insight to the creative approaches of artists and helps viewers understand works of art within the context of their period.
Among the Museum's treasures are images by photographers working in and around Philadelphia. This installation showcases their works, many of which are on view for the first time, in both color and black-and-white.
Supernatural Daoist Immortals and disciples of the Buddha (Lohans), powerful dragons, famous statesmen and beautiful women count among the famed and fantastic beings that were popular subject matter for Mind and Qing dynasty painters and their patrons.
Arrangement of the dessert's centerpiece was often patterned after designs like those illustrated by the famous French confectioner Joseph Gilliers in his 1751 Le Cannameliste français. Just Desserts: An Eighteenth-Century Table Setting is based on one such design.
Recently acquired and important works by Robert Motherwell (1915–91), one of the foremost Abstract Expressionist painters in the United States, will be exhibited for the first time in this installation, featuring the print portfolio A la Pintura (1968–1972) and the painting In Plato's Cave (1973).
The installation includes a variety of hoop skirts suspended to show their types and constructions, a mannequin in a corset, hoop and other underwear, and two mannequins in the full-skirted dresses of the period.
This installation of paintings from the Museum's permanent collections highlights the eclectic approaches to this medium by American artists working in diverse cultural contexts and geographic locations.
The exhibition will include paintings, decorated objects, as well as important manuscript materials that illuminate Hick's deep spirituality, artistic talent, and intense interest in the doctrinal controversies that divided his fellow Quakers in the early years of the 19th century.
Worldly Goods will highlight more than 350 fine examples of furniture, textiles, silver, metalwork, ceramics, prints, maps, books and paintings from this seminal place and time, lent by private collections and museums.