The preeminent place occupied by Philadelphia and its surrounding towns and countryside in American history and art is wonderfully evident in a remarkable range of distinguished museums and historic sites. From October 10, 1999, through January 2, 2000, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758, and The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks, two major exhibitions surveying the rich cultural contributions of the Delaware Valley. Ten area institutions--the Atwater Kent Museum, Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park, Independence Seaport Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, The Mercer Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library-- will join this revelatory celebration with special exhibitions and programs highlighting the diversity and beauty of American art. Call (215) 684-7860 for information.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street
Philadelphia PA 19130
Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1680-1758
October 10, 1999-January 2, 2000
While meeting the requests of a sophisticated, demanding and prosperous clientele, the cabinetmakers, printers, metalworkers and painters of early Pennsylvania reinterpreted traditional forms and patterns imported from Europe. In doing so, they transformed the contemporary European Baroque aesthetic into a delicate style that emphasized balance, proportion, form and restrained ornamentation, and which ultimately coalesced as a distinctive American regional vision. Worldly Goods will highlight more than 500 fine examples of furniture, textiles, silver, metalwork, ceramics, prints, maps, books and paintings from this seminal time and place.
Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania, 1860-1758 is made possible by J. P. Morgan. Additional support has been provided by The William Penn Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Montgomery Scott Endowment for Exhibitions, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd. Additional support for the catalogue was provided by The Chipstone Foundation and Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang.
The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks
October 10,1999-January 2, 2000
Edward Hicks (1780-1849), one of the best known American folk painters, was a lifelong resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and a devoted Quaker missionary and preacher. His images of The Peaceable Kingdom, inspired by the Book of Isaiah's prophetic vision of a peaceful world in which "the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid," are among the most beloved in all of American art. His life and art will be explored in The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks, a comprehensive exhibition of more than 80 works of art--including paintings and decorated objects, as well as important manuscript materials.
The Kingdom of Edward Hicks is made possible by J. P. Morgan. Support for the exhibition was provided by The Henry Luce Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Additional support for the catalogue was provided by a generous grant from Julie and David Grainger of Winnetka, Illinois, and the Grainger Foundation. In Philadelphia, the exhibition is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and The William Penn Foundation. The Kingdom of Edward Hicks has been organized by The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS
118 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19102
John Henry Twachtman: An American Impressionist
October 16, 1999-January 2, 2000
This major exhibition surveys the career of John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), one of the most influential Impressionist painter in America. Twachtman's shimmering waterside views and wintry landscapes are masterpieces of experimental design and color. This retrospective, the first in over 30 years, features more than 50 oil paintings and pastels.
On view as a complement to the Twachtman retrospective, Impressionism: In an American Light will explore the unique qualities and durability of American Impressionism through the work of Twachtman's contemporaries and successors, including Cecilia Beaux, Childe Hassam, and Daniel Garber, among others.
John Twachtman: An American Impressionist is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by The Henry Luce Foundation. Generous support is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. In Philadelphia, the exhibition is sponsored by the Women's Committee of PAFA.
ATWATER KENT MUSEUM
15 South 7th Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
Cover Story--Norman Rockwell's America
June 16, 1999-September 2000
The Atwater Kent Museum, Philadelphia's history museum, will present a comprehensive exhibition of Norman Rockwell's illustrations featuring the first-ever thematic exploration of covers created by the artist for The Saturday Evening Post. All of Rockwell's 321 Post covers will be on view. Although Rockwell produced some 4,000 works during his lifetime, he is best known for his Post covers, which spanned six decades of the 20th century, from 1916 through the 1970s.
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM
U.S. Route 1, south of PA Route 100
Chadds Ford PA
Inventing the American Past: The Art of F.O.C. Darley
September 11-November 21, 1999
Felix Octavius Carr (F.O.C.) Darley (1821-88) dominated American book and magazine illustration for over 40 years, becoming one of the best-known illustrators of his time. In collaboration with writers whose work he illustrated, Darley helped popularize such icons of national identity as the Pilgrim, the Pioneer, the Minuteman and the Yankee Peddler. Inventing the American Past: The Art of F.O.C. Darley, an exhibition of his work, includes prints, drawings, books and photographs.
Also on view this fall: more than 40 watercolor, dry brush and tempera paintings by Andrew Wyeth from various stages of his career, including some of his most recent work.
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
The Lamps of Tiffany: Highlights from the Egon and Hildegard Neustadt
October 8, 1999-January 2, 2000
This exhibition will feature more than 40 lamps and two leaded-glass windows produced by the Corona, New York, workshops of Louis Comfort Tiffany, America's preeminent Aesthetic Movement decorator. An overview of the firm's incomparable achievements in glass, the exhibition examines Tiffany's inventive approach to lamp design, diversity of styles, and pioneering techniques.
HISTORIC HOUSES OF FAIRMOUNT PARK
The Historic Houses of Fairmount Park--including Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Laurel Hill, Strawberry Mansion, Woodford, Sweetbriar and Cedar Grove--were once the country residences of eminent Philadelphians. Inspired by the Park and its mansions, the Fairmount Park House Guides of the Philadelphia Museum of Art offer a variety of year-round tours that highlight American history, architecture, culture and decorative arts, as well as special events.
INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM
Penn's Landing at 211 South Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19106-3199
Life of a Sailor: A Collector's Vision
September 13, 1999-September 2000
Explore maritime life both aboard ship and ashore in this exhibition of some 475 objects and 90 prints and paintings. All of the featured materials--which range from hand- illustrated diaries, journals, and log books to tattoo designs, sketches, wood carvings, scrimshaw, uniforms, and photographs--are from the extensive collection of Philadelphia native, J. Welles Henderson, the Museum's Founder and Chairman Emeritus, who has spent a lifetime gathering what is widely regarded as the most comprehensive treasury of material relating to the lives of sailors.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
118 South 36th Street at Sansom
Philadelphia PA 19104-3280
Jim Iserman: 15
Terry Adkins: Relay Hymn
September 10-November 7, 1999
David Graham and Nancy Davidson
November 20, 1999-January 16, 2000
Works by four innovative American artists will be showcased at the Institute of Contemporary Art throughout fall 1999. From September 10 through November 7, the ICA's galleries will feature Jim Isermann and Terry Adkins. Isermann is a Los Angeles based artist whose vibrant geometry is inspired by modern design, while Adkins creates assemblages from discarded objects that also reflect the aesthetics of 1960s minimalism. On view from November 20 through January 16, 2000, will be David Graham's color photographs of the American vernacular landscape and the people who inhabit it, and Nancy Davidson's sculptures: provocatively dressed weather balloons that evoke female sensuality and carnival-like humor.
84 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
The Mercer Museum presents Edward Hicks Country, three related exhibitions that explore the professional and spiritual environment in which the beloved Quaker artist Edward Hicks worked.
Signs of the Times: The Trade Sign Tradition in Folk Art
September 25, 1999-June 30, 2000
Hicks was a sign painter by trade, and Signs of the Times will provide an expansive look at his chosen and "useful" vocation. This exhibition will include some 20 trade sign's from the Mercer Museum's collection, along with tools and related artifacts of the sign and ornamental painter's craft.
Penn's Treaty in Art and Artifact
September 25, 1999-January 7, 2000
William Penn's legendary 1682 treaty with the Delaware or Lenape Indians was a subject beloved by Edward Hicks, and became a central theme in the Quaker artist's work. This exhibition will feature the Mercer Museum's excellent example of Hicks' Treaty series, as well as related pieces from the Museum's other collections.
Bucks County's Quaker Meetinghouses
September 25, 1999-June 30, 2000
A Quaker preacher, Edward Hicks believed that it was the "inner light" of his faith that inspired his most extraordinary artwork. This exhibition will include early photographs, drawings and prints of meetinghouses and related structures associated with the Society of Friends, as well as Quaker artifacts including wedding certificates and costume items.
JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM
138 South Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901-4931
An Edward Hicks Sampler September 25, 1999 - January 2, 2000 A preeminent "native son," Edward Hicks' celebrated work was rooted in Bucks County's history and culture, and particularly its Quaker traditions. An Edward Hicks Sampler, a small but diverse exhibition on view in the Michener Art Museum's Smith Gallery, will explore the development of Hicks' art. Featured paintings will include: Portrait of Edward Hicks (ca. 1850-2), by his nephew Thomas Hicks (ca. 1823-90), one of three versions of the only likeness ever made of the great artist; The Peaceable Kingdom (ca. 1837), an important example from Hicks' renowned series, on loan from the Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA; and The Landing of Columbus, a distinctive historical work on loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
WINTERTHUR MUSEUM, GARDEN & LIBRARY
Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware,
30 miles south of Philadelphia
(800) 448-3883 or (302) 888-4600
The former country estate of Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is a museum filled with his collection of decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1860; a 966-acre garden that is awash in color throughout the year; and a research library for the study of American art and material culture. Featured at Winterthur this fall:
KiDS!: 200 Years of Childhood
June 19, 1999 - February 19, 2001
This exhibition explores the many and varied ways in which parents shaped the world of children in American between 1700 and 1900, as well as the evolving meaning of childhood. On view are furniture, portraits, clothing, schoolbooks, merit cards, samplers, apprenticeship contracts, toys, games, and paper dolls.