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March 1st, 1999
Philadelphia is Mad For Modernism

An accomplished etcher, advertising artist, teacher, and collector, Philadelphia-native Earl Horter (1880-1940) shared his visionary passion for modern, African and Native American art with a generation of students, friends and colleagues throughout the city. To celebrate his legacy and the historic exhibition Mad for Modernism: Earl Horter and His Collection (on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from March 7 through May 16), six Philadelphia cultural and educational institutions will join the Museum in programs exploring Horter's great contributions to the city's cultural life. Concerts, courses and family programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be complemented with programs at distinguished venues throughout the Philadelphia area, including: The Barnes Foundation, Fleisher Art Memorial, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, and The Print Center.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19101
(215) 763-8100

Exhibition Tours
For dates and times of free public tours of the exhibition, Mad for Modernism: Earl Horter and His Collection, please call (215) 684-7923.

Wednesday Night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
First Nations, First Peoples
Wednesday, March 31, 5:00-8:45 p.m.
Following Earl Horter's great example, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will celebrate the culture and contributions of Native Americans in an evening sponsored by United American Indians of the Delaware Valley. Featured will be music and dance performances, the Gallery Talk "Indians…I'm Just Nuts About Them"; Earl Horter's American Indian Collection with William Wierzbowski, specialist in Native American art and contributor to the Mad for Modernism exhibition catalogue.

Art History Course
Mad for Modernism
Lecturer: Diane Karp, Independent Art Historian and editor of the journal New Observations
Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 -- 1:30-2:30 p.m.
or Saturdays, March 6 & 13 -- 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Picasso, Braque, Brancusi, and Duchamp are four of the artists who, in the early 20th century, reconsidered the visual language of painting and sculpture, opening new vistas for later artists to explore. This course will examine the art of these masters, and others, that Earl Horter collected. Lecture topics include: "Pablo Picasso and the Figure," "Braque and Gris: Masters of the Cubist Still Life," "Constantin Brancusi: Translated Form," "Marcel Duchamp and Modernism in America."

Members $50; senior citizens and students with valid ID $70; non-Members $80

In Van Pelt Auditorium. Not recommended for children under 7 years of age. Tickets (including Museum admission): Members $10; senior citizens and students $15; non-Members $18

American Inspiration
Sunday, February 7, 2:30 p.m.
This program, in conjunction with the special exhibitions Jasper Johns and Mad for Modernism, will explore chamber music by 20th-century American composers, including John Cage, Irving Fine, Aaron Copland, and Tom Oboe Lee. The ensemble will feature Roberto Diaz, principal viola; Robert Chen, violin; Peter Stumpf, associate principal cello; Choong-Jin Chang, associate principal viola; and a guest pianist.

The Gershwin Years
Sunday, March 14, 2:30 p.m.
Music by George and Ira Gershwin chronicles their musical lives together while reflecting the times and changes in America from 1916 to 1937. Virtuoso pianist Kevin Cole has been hailed by Boston Philharmonic Conductor Benjamin Zander as "the living embodiment of Gershwin's style." The program reflects the infinite variety of Gershwin's music, from Rialto Ripples and Rhapsody in Blue to well-known and loved vocal selections performed with tenor Morgan Evans and soprano Jill Walmsley.

The Museum is delighted to offer this concert in conjunction with the opening of the Philadelphia Sketch Club's exhibition Earl "Bill" Horter and "His Gang" of Artists. Concertgoers are invited to the opening at the Sketch Club after the concert. The Sketch Club is located at 235 South Camac St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107. For information: (215) 545-9298.

Free after Museum admission.

"Hau, Horter!": Earl Horter and Plains Indian Art
Sunday, March 28, 2:30 p.m.
Seminar Room
Lecturer: William Wierzbowski, a specialist in Native American art and contributor to the Mad for Modernism exhibition catalogue

Earl Horter: An Artist Collects Modern Art
Wednesday, April 7, 6:00 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Lecturer: Innis Shoemaker, The Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, organizer of the Mad for Modernism exhibition, and author of the exhibition catalogue

The Modernist Eye: Earl Horter and the Collecting of African Art
Sunday, April 25, 2:30 p.m.
Seminar Room
Lecturer: Christa Clarke, a scholar of African Art, Fellow in the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and contributor to the Mad for Modernism exhibition catalogue

The Artist as a Collector
Sunday, May 9, 2:30 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium
Lecturer: Peter Paone, Philadelphia artist and collector

Youth and Family Program
Native American Celebration
Sunday, March 28, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
This special family program features a performance by Joe Cross and Donna Couteau, who share their respect for their own tribal traditions and other Indian nations-as well as their reverence for nature-through creation stories, traditional costumes, song, and dance. See the Native American art and artifacts collected by Earl Horter in the special Mad for Modernism exhibition, and even create your own landscape to take home.

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Self-guide: A Collector's Choice
10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Make-and-Take Workshop: Landscapes
11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family Performance: Native American Celebration (Members $2, non-Members $3)
12:00-2:30 p.m. Drawing in the Galleries

Programs for Special Audiences
For reservations and information regarding the following programs, please call (215) 684-7602. TTY for deaf callers is (215) 684-7600.

April 5-May 7
Individuals in nursing homes, hospitals, and retirement centers are able to experience the Mad for Modernism exhibition in a one-hour slide lecture and discussion. $75

Workshops for Older Adults
April 14 & 21
Members $22, non-Members $25. Group rates available.

Art Talk
Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28, 1:00 p.m. (on your telephone)
This very popular art-appreciation course by phone is for home-bound older adults, offering the opportunity to learn about art while meeting new people via a telephone conference call with a Museum Guide.

For more information and registration call the Southwest Senior Center at (215) 937-1880.

Studio Workshops
Offered for adults with mental health, HIV/AIDS, and developmental disabilities. For prices and reservations call (215) 684-7602.

The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latches Ln., Merion, PA 19066
(610) 667-0290

Earl Horter's progressive collecting strategies parallel those of another exceptional Philadelphian, Albert Barnes. The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of early French modern and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso. Barnes, who shared Horter's interest in African culture, compiled an important collection of figural sculptures and masks from Western and Central Africa. Also on display is Barnes' collection of Native American jewelry.

Reservations are recommended, as admission to the gallery is limited and strictly enforced. You are urged to call about ticket availability prior to arriving at the museum; press 5 for individual reservations.

Tour package
To celebrate these two extraordinary collections, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Barnes Foundation are offering group packages that will include tours of both The Barnes Foundation and the Mad for Modernism exhibition. For information please call (215) 684-7863.

Fleisher Art Memorial
709-721 Catharine St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3456

Teaching and Learning: Earl Horter's Students
March 7-May 16, 1999

For over one hundred years of teaching and learning in the visual arts, the Fleisher Art Memorial--originally known as the Graphic Sketch Club--has welcomed many remarkable mentors and students. Earl Horter, though he taught at the Graphic Sketch Club only briefly, gathered around him artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and interests, many of whom went on to attain considerable stature in the art world. Horter encouraged his students, both in the studio and in informal workshops elsewhere, to experiment with mediums and subject matter. Eight artists are represented in this exhibition (presented in the Louis Kahn Lecture Room): Stella Drabkin, Michael Gallagher, Jacob Landau, Leon Kelly, Dorothy Morrison McIntyre, Isabelle Lazarus Miller, Jo Stauffer Mullen, and Dox Thrash.

This exhibition also serves as prelude to the conclusion of Fleisher's centennial programming--a series of spring and summer exhibitions of Fleisher students, faculty members, and "alumni" master teachers celebrating one hundred years of visual arts education.

Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Closed April 3-5). Admission is free.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 972-7608

Art-at-Lunch Discussion
Native American Art and the American Modernists
Wednesday, April 14, 12:15-1:00 p.m.

From Marsden Hartley's colorful, symbolic paintings of the 1910s, to Jackson Pollock's totemic figures of the early '40s, American native cultures had a profound effect upon many American modern artists. While some depicted indigenous people and their rituals as a tonic for industrial society, other artists adopted traditional art forms as sources of visual innovation and spiritual renewal. Glenn Tomlinson, Director of Museum Education and Audience Development, explores these themes in celebration of the Mad for Modernism exhibition.

$3 (includes museum admission)

The Philadelphia Sketch Club
235 South Camac St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 545-9298

Earl "Bill" Horter and "His Gang" of Artists at the Philadelphia Sketch Club
March 14-May 30

This exhibition will feature etchings, drawings, paintings by Horter, as well as commercial works he made as a graphic artist. Also on display will be works by Horter's friends, many of whom he taught to etch: J. Frank Copeland, Hubert S. Foster, Henry C. Pitz, and Edward C. Smith. Works by some of the early etchers at the Sketch Club will also be shown, such as Stephen Ferris, Daniel Garber, Peter Moran, and Joseph Pennell.

Opening reception: Sunday, March 14, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
(following the Gershwin Years concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Gallery hours: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 1:00-5:00 p.m. (Closed April 2-4)
Admission is free.

The Print Center
1614 Latimer St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-6090

Prints by Earl Horter and Jacob Landau
March 20-May 8

The exhibition will feature prints (on loan from The Philadelphia Print Shop) by Earl Horter. The prints of Jacob Landau will complement Horter's work. Born in 1917, Landeau emerged as one of America's finest printmakers. His artistic passion was fueled by his teachers: Earl Horter, Benton Spruance, Henry C. Pitz, and Franklin Watkins. The work of Landau of defined by his relentless pursuit of the figure.

Opening reception: Saturday, March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

This event coincides with the opening of the 73rd Annual International Competition: Printmaking, selected by Jan Howard, Curator of Prints and Drawings, The Baltimore Museum of Art

Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

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